Harmonix Announces Amplitude Kickstarter

Harmonix, the company that brought gamers Rock Band and Dance Central, have turned to Kickstarter to get funding for a new game. If funded, this game will be a re-imagining of the music based video game Amplitude, released for PlayStation 2.

If they are successful in getting enough funding, the game will be released on the Playstation 3 and 4. Below is the Kickstarter video announcing their project.

Harmonix developers state that they are hoping to keep the gameplay the same and only focus on refining the game into a better experience. For gamers interested in the new Amplitude, but who have never played the original, the game is played on tracks similar to Rock Band or Guitar Hero.

In Amplitude, you play as a space ship called a “Beat Blaster” and use a standard controller to hit the buttons in the sequence as they appear on the track.

amplitudeimgThe game is won by “capturing” significant portions of the track by correctly hitting the right buttons in rhythm with the music. It is similar in many ways to a hybrid of an action, racing, and typical rhythm games.

To help complete each level, the game relies on power ups that have effects ranging from slowing time; which makes it easier to hit the right buttons, doubling points and “auto-capturing” sections of the board.

The Harmonix team stated that popular tracks from the first Amplitude may be included as remixed tracks if stretch goals are met. They are also accepting music from artists for the game and intend to create a soundtrack designed specifically for the new Amplitude. People who donate enough money to the Kickstarter will be rewarded with a vinyl record containing the songs from the final version of the game.

Be sure to donate to the Kickstarter and see what bonuses are available for backing the new Amplitude by checking out their page here.

Douglas Overbeck
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Hello! I am an Editor around these parts! I am a graduate of St. Francis and a substitute teacher, but I love to spend time playing games, especially RPG's and tabletop games! Sometimes I even create my own, such as my upcoming "Level Burst" project.My favorite video game franchises are Super Smash Bros, Monster Hunter, and Pokemon. My favorite tabletop games are Pathfinder (or D&D 3.5) and Magic the Gathering.

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