Harmonix – developer of such hits as Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central – has had other hit rhythm-based games in the past. They’d really like to bring an HD remake of one of them to the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 with your help! Harmonix has started a Kickstarter in hopes of funding an updated version of Amplitude.
In the early 2000s, Harmonix created FreQuency and Amplitude – two rhythm action games that defined the PlayStation®2 era of interactive music. Published by Sony, these games became legendary for their unique soundtracks, their snappy, frenetic action and the zen-like “flow states” that players entered into when they got into the groove. In the 11 years since Amplitude’s release, Harmonix has gone on to create true pop culture phenomena with the original Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central. Still, there was a quiet clawing in the back of our minds. Pleas from Amplitude fans, strangers on the street, and veterans of the studio – we needed to revisit this era of gaming and update it for the modern age!
Harmonix has released some concept art for the re-make, and have discussed some of the music creation process in the Kickstarter. They’re going to have a tough road to clime though. They are asking for $775,000, and with 17 days left they’ve raised just over $92,000. Fans of rhythm-based games should check out the Kickstarter, and throw them a few bones if you’d like to help out. Lowest price of admission is $10, but you’ll need to shell out $20 if you want a copy of the game.
I’ve no doubt that Harmonix would create an excellent game. Amplitude is clearly a world they’ve been longing to revisit.
This project is intended to be a love letter to old-school PS2® fans, but we need to know that this is something you actually want. This is the project WE desperately want to make, but we can’t do it without your interest and support. Help us prove that there is a place for challenging, high-polished rhythm-action games in the modern age!
Check out their Kickstarter video below: