Boston area developer reveals it's building multiple new franchises, says none are Rock Band or Dance Central games, but rather "completely new stuff."
Rock Band developer Harmonix is keeping busy. During the newest Harmonix podcast, studio director of communications and brand management John Drake revealed the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based developer is at work on more than two new "AAA" franchises. This is on top of Dance Central 3 and Rock Band Blitz, both of which are due out later this year.
No concrete information on the projects was divulged, but Drake teased that at least one of these new franchises may represent a departure from the music-based games the studio has become famous for.
"Some of them are music games, some of them are not full-on rhythm-action games," he said. "Some of them are brand new things that we created from our gut and our brains here at Harmonix. Some are things that we're expanding the universe of."
One thing was clear: none of the new projects are new Rock Band or Dance Central titles.
"I'm talking about completely new stuff," Drake said.
As for Harmonix's current projects, Rock Band Blitz is the first downloadable entry in the series and is due out later this year, while Dance Central 3 is being readied to ship this fall. That Kinect-required game is the sequel to last year's well-received Dance Central 2.
My guess is that in one game you sell insurance and battle the evil conglomerate AllState. And the other one is where you tow stranded motorists for money, like Crazy Taxi with a hitch.
I love Harmonix and all, but Eyetoy Antigrav was the result of their last venture into non-music game territory and I've heard it was fairly average. Most of their music games are great, but I'd much rather see them return to their more underground music roots with games like Frequency and Amplitude.
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