Amplitude HD

Having dispensed with the rock-star posturing, Harmonix's return to its abstract rhythm action roots is a textured, vibrant triumph.

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Rhythm abstraction.

Guitar Hero was where the music video game went to find an audience and it was where the music video game went to make money (for a while, at least). While Sony's PaRappa the Rapper had a certain Sesame Street hip-hop chic and Beatmania appealed to the Japanese arcade showboater, it was only in Harmonix's take on rock pantomime that the emerging genre found a stadium-sized crowd. The game, which soon inspired a generation of copycats, brought the showmanship of the concert into the living room.


Developer: Harmonix

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Rock Band developer announces Amplitude release date

Rock Band developer announces Amplitude release date

Soundtrack features C418, Darren Korb, Insomniac Games.

Kickstarted rhythm revival Amplitude will arrive for PlayStation 4 on 5th January 2016, priced $19.99 (UK price still TBA).

Backers who supported the title via its crowdfunding campaign at $40 or higher will be able to download it two weeks earlier, from 23rd December.

Writing on the game's Kickstarter page, Harmonix also detailed the game's final soundtrack listing.

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Watch Harmonix's first Amplitude gameplay trailer

Rock Band studio Harmonix has shown off the first gameplay trailer for its Amplitude reboot.

In development for PlayStation 4 and PS3, the new version of Amplitude is due to launch at some point in 2015.

Writing in a new post on the EU PlayStation blog, Harmonix also detailed a new team multiplayer mode, featuring two-on-two and one-on-three battles.

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Insomniac CEO Ted Price donates $7500 to Harmonix's Amplitude HD Kickstarter

Rhythm game revival is in dire straits with three days left.

Things have been looking grim for Harmonix's Amplitude HD Kickstarter campaign that's only raised $389,870 of its $775K goal with only a paltry three days to go. But don't despair, as Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games is lending a hand in promoting Harmonix's struggling crowdfunding effort.

Harmonix launches Kickstarter for a new Amplitude game

Harmonix launches Kickstarter for a new Amplitude game

Will have Cross-Buy support on PS3 / PS4.

Guitar Hero and Rock Band developer Harmonix wants to make a modern successor to its 2003 PS2 outing Amplitude for PS3 and PS4.

The problem is it needs to gauge interest in such a project. The solution: Kickstarter.

Harmonix only launched its crowdfunding campaign a scant few hours ago, but it's already raised $75,604 of its $775K goal with 18 days left until its 23rd May deadline.

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