Harmonix News


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.


"..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.


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

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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.


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

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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."


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.


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

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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.


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

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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."


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

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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.


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

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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...


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

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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


"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.


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

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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.


"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.


"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.


'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.


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

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