Harmonix was clearly working on something big when it stopped producing DLC for Rock Band and Dance Central to focus its energies on it, but there was no way in the world I would have ever guessed that it was going to be a game for Disney called Fantasia: Music Evolved!
You’ll use the Kinect for either your Xbox 360 or Xbox One to play the music and interact with the environments, inspired by the animated classic Fantasia. That’s right, I said “play the music.” Instead of dancing along or playing specific notes, you’ll perform motions that will change the mix in real-time, adding new layers and instruments. They’re promising over 25 leading artists included in the game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if DLC adds more over time. They’ve announced a few songs already, including “Locked Out Of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, “Levels” by AVICII, “Some Nights” by Fun., “Settle Down” by Kimbra, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
The idea of remixing the music sounds pretty cool, and I’ve heard that there will also be classical tracks included as well as the modern pop music so you can get that authentic Fantasia experience (I honestly picture myself doing the gestures of the demon in “Night On Bald Mountain”, but I could be way off here).
Fantasia: Music Evolved isn’t due out until 2014, which is why it will be released on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. It’ll be interesting to see what the differences are between them… if there’s anything other than better graphics and improved Kinect sensors… They also released a trailer, which doesn’t really give much of a sense of how the game will play as much as it shows how you’re going to look playing it. Still, the Disneyland Kinect game is one of my favorite Kinect titles, and Harmonix hasn’t really wiffed yet, so I’m weirdly looking forward to this!