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Harmonix lays off 37, replaces CEO in restructuring

By Robert Workman, May 29, 2014 9:30am PDT

Harmonix has gone through recent layoffs, and restructured a bit as a result.

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"..in the Boston area, I should say. There's still an indie development gathering, though."

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Harmonix finds rhythm with fully-funded Amplitude sequel on Kickstarter [Update]

By Robert Workman, May 22, 2014 4:45pm PDT

It's official -- Amplitude will return next year, thanks to a positive Kickstarter campaign.

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"bear in mind if you had posted this before they made the goal i would tell you to back it and ..."

- Deathlove see all 9 comments

Amplitude reboot shows off musical contributor line-up

By Robert Workman, May 19, 2014 1:15pm PDT

Harmonix has revealed the bands that will contribute to its new Amplitude project.

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"Why is this game a Playstation exclusive? That is the reason it is failing. Fans of the brand ..."

- Dessicator82 see all 23 comments

Fantasia: Music Evolved trailer blasts off with Elton John

By Ozzie Mejia, May 14, 2014 9:00am PDT

The newest trailer for Fantasia: Music Evolved takes players into space. And of course, they're playing "Rocketman."

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Harmonix crowd-funding for Amplitude remake

By Steve Watts, May 05, 2014 3:45pm PDT

Harmonix has opened a Kickstarter campaign for a remake of Amplitude, the PS2 music game.

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"I think it's debatable if Obsidian has made successful games. (joke) but they have typically ..."

- Sephiras see all 24 comments

Fantasia: Music Evolved adds Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You' to tracklist

By Steve Watts, Apr 14, 2014 10:30am PDT

Harmonix has revealed five more tracks for Fantasia: Music Evolved, including hits from Cee Lo Green, Elton John, and Mozart.

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"This is an example of why couldn't understand where they'd go with this 'game'. When I saw they ..."

- daggot see all 4 comments

Rock Band and Dance Central will be back this generation, Harmonix says [Update]

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 11, 2014 10:00am PDT

"We have grand plans to bring back both of them with guns blazing at some point in the coming console cycle."

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"I'm imagining John Drake shouting, "ALEEEEEEX!!!!" a la William Shatner's "KHAAAAAN!!!""

- the archvile see all 22 comments

Fantasia: Music Evolved preview: dynamic duets

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 24, 2014 8:15am PDT

Harmonix revealed some new details about Fantasia: Music Evolved, including five new tracks, a new explorable area, and a two-player competitive mode. Shacknews was invited to check these new features out at this year's Game Developers Conference.

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"Remember back when Harmonix was solidly a Sony-oriented studio?"

- the archvile see all 3 comments

Chroma is a music-based first-person shooter from Harmonix

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 17, 2014 9:00am PST

For many, Harmonix is synonymous with "music." Their games have defined the genre, with iconic hits like Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock...

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"What an interesting trailer. Polished or not, I give them credit for trying something fresh."

- Grape Flavor see all 24 comments

This is how you play Fantasia: Music Evolved

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 03, 2013 7:00am PDT

Finally, actual gameplay footage of Harmonix's Fantasia: Music Evolved

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"Looks like something the kids will enjoy. Though, I'd want to know what kind of music selection ..."

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Fantasia: Music Evolved is Harmonix's next game, coming to Xbox One and Kinect

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 04, 2013 6:00am PDT

Fantasia: Music Evolved is the next game from Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix. Given the studio's pedigree, there's perhaps no better fit for such a musically-inclined IP.

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"it will return when music licensors let us do everything!! I would love to try some u2 songs"

- Chandler55 see all 18 comments

Harmonix suffers 'small number' of layoffs, gains BioShock 2 lead designer

By Steve Watts, Apr 23, 2013 1:00pm PDT

Harmonix has released a small number of employees, just as it brings on BioShock 2 lead designer Zak McClendon as its design director.

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"Is that being a jerk? I found nothing inspiring, interesting, or impressive about BioShock 2, ..."

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Metallica songs being pulled from Rock Band DLC library

By John Keefer, Apr 09, 2013 5:00pm PDT

Harmonix will no longer be releasing DLC songs for its Rock Band series, and a few songs will soon be disappearing from the existing library because of licensing issues.

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"I doubt Lars has anything to do with this. The contract has an expiration date, and the parties ..."

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130 million Rock Band songs downloaded, as DLC ends

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 03, 2013 2:15pm PDT

Not only did millions of people join in on the Rock Band craze, they bought DLC. Lots of it.

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'American Pie' is Rock Band's final DLC song

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT

April 2nd will be the day the music died.

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"My rebuttal is Bohemian Rhapsody and London Calling in its entirety."

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