Harmonix job listings hint at next-gen game

A series of job listings from Harmonix points to a next-generation music game in the works -- with motion control, a fleshed-out story, and combat encounters.

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Harmonix hasn't put the wraps on Rock Band Blitz yet, but the company is quietly building talent for its next big project: a next-gen, motion-controlled music title with combat and a narrative hook. If nothing else, it sounds awfully ambitious.

The clues came from a series of job listings caught by Superannuation. The Software Engineer job mentions "brand new IP and next-generation consoles." Both the Narrative Designer and Senior Content Designer listings mention motion-based gaming, and the latter clarifies that it's music-based. The narrative designer will also be responsible for "emotionally compelling story lines," presumably more than the usual narrative hook of a band moving to larger venues. Finally, the Senior Level Designer listing mentions "combat encounters, environmental interactions, AI behaviors, & other scripted elements."

Assuming Harmonix isn't working on more than one new next-gen IP at a time, the developer is working on an emotionally gripping, motion-based music combat game. What exactly that combination might look like, we have no idea. This is probably in the early stages, and considering that next-generation consoles haven't even been formally announced yet, it will probably be a while before we hear official word.

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    May 3, 2012 2:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Harmonix job listings hint at next-gen game.

    A series of job listings from Harmonix points to a next-generation music game in the works -- with motion control, a fleshed-out story, and combat encounters.

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      May 3, 2012 2:45 PM

      Rock Band 4 please......

    • Ebu legacy 10 years
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      May 3, 2012 3:09 PM

      Rock Band - Orchestral Edition

      Classical Piano, Violin, Cello, Tuba...

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        May 3, 2012 3:18 PM

        I think that'd be pretty cool.

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          May 3, 2012 3:36 PM

          I'm not even kidding. I'd be all up in some Violin Hero.

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      May 3, 2012 3:32 PM

      Maximum Air Guitar: Kinect 2.0 Edition

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      May 3, 2012 3:38 PM

      a fleshed-out story
      combat encounters
      music game


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      Well, all the more power to them if they can manage to make this work well.

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      May 3, 2012 4:39 PM

      Rock Band: Bard Edition

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      May 3, 2012 5:08 PM

      The new Scott Pilgrim game?

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      May 3, 2012 5:10 PM

      Rock Band: Mosh Pit.

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      May 3, 2012 5:11 PM

      I may be alone in this but I want a new FreQuency/Amplitude game. I'm tired of plastic perhipherals.

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        May 3, 2012 10:22 PM

        I'm not tired of plastic instruments, but I also would like a new frequency/amplitude. For Vita.

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      May 3, 2012 5:12 PM

      I'd play Metalocalypse or Brutal Legend game done right

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      May 3, 2012 9:33 PM

      Blitz... as in Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz... facebook editions of popcap games... owned by EA... like Harmonix and Rock Band

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      May 3, 2012 9:38 PM

      We haven't bled this genre dry yet?

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      May 4, 2012 5:40 PM

      Is Rock Band 3 still fun....yes....that hasn't changed....so no, not bled dry...IMHO of course, which may not agree with yours, and that is fine...

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