Harmonix plans "significant" announcements for E3

Dance Central developer hints at new IPs and more motion-controlled games

Rock Band creator Harmonix will have, "at least one bit of significant news at E3" according to a new interview with vice president of product development Greg LoPiccolo.

Speaking to website IndustryGamers, LoPiccolo refused to reveal whether the news involved a new IP or existing brands Rock Band and Dance Central - both of which franchises it still controls after being sold off by previous owners Viacom.

However, LoPiccolo did hint that the announcement will be related to motion control gaming, saying: "we're incredibly creatively motivated by motion gaming."

"I guess one thing that a lot of people don't remember is that we sort of did a little foray back in - I think - 2004 when we did Antigrav for EyeToy, which was really fun to develop and we were really happy with the outcome. We learned a lot about sort of the strengths and challenges of motion gaming even at that point, a lot of which we directly applied to the Dance Central development process," he said.

"I think that we see opportunities in motion gaming that we might be uniquely equipped to pursue and so I think we are broadening our scope a little bit in terms of the studio focus to not only encompass music gaming, but also motion gaming, and that may manifest in a lot of different ways. Right now, we actually we have a number of different teams hard at work on different concepts which has been super entertaining and just a lot of fun to work on brand new IP," he added.

Although Dance Central is currently a Kinect-exclusive, LoPiccolo has not ruled out working with the Wii and PlayStation Move.

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Latest comments (2)

Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart9 years ago
Air Guitar PLEASE!
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
I thought Antigrav was a pretty fun (and underrated) game experience, so it would be cool to see that territory expanded upon again at some point. An air guitar game would be sort of interesting, but I'm not seeing any life in that other than "Hey! I don't need to spend 80 bucks on a plastic guitar!" coming from the peanut gallery...
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