Dance Central: Spotlight Announced

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Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos just appeared on stage at the Microsoft E3 Press Briefing to announce Dance Central: Spotlight, a new, downloadable, Dance Central game coming to Xbox One this September.

According to Polygon, it will be a $10 game featuring 10 songs, with additional, weekly, downloadable content to fill up your library.

Songs will now offer eight different routines, across three categories: core dances, fitness routines, and alternates.

In addition, your Dance Central downloadable content library from Xbox 360 DOES carry forward, so any songs purchased for previous games in the franchise will be downloadable free of charge.

More information will surely be available soon.

UPDATE: Harmonix have announced more details on their website, including a trailer and the first batch of songs unveiled for the setlist.

Here are some of the songs we will be dancing to in the new Dance Central:

  • Avicii – Wake Me Up
  • Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – Talk Dirty
  • Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown – Show Me
  • OneRepublic – Counting Stars
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy

[Official announcement]

Fantasia: Music Evolved Launches October 21, New Songs/Realm Revealed

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Today, Disney, and Harmonix made a few exciting new Fantasia announcements.

First, and most importantly, a release date! Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved will officially launch October 21, 2014 on Xbox One, and Kinect for Xbox 360.

Secondly, they added to the game’s diverse soundtrack with six more songs:

  • Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
  • Drake ft. Rihanna – Take Care
  • M.I.A. – Galang
  • The Police – Message in a Bottle
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker Medley
  • The Who – The Real Me

And finally, as if that wasn’t enough, a new realm has been revealed in the latest trailer, called The Neighborhood.

Rock Band Community Nights: Green Day Giveaway (360 Only)

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Let’s begin the May 2014 #RBnights with some Green Day!

  • Green Day – Geek Stink Breath
  • Green Day – Hitchin’ a Ride
  • Green Day – Nice Guys Finish Last

In addition to the pack above, you can also choose to receive a code for either Dookie, American Idiot, or 21st Century Breakdown.

Alright, so, in order to win you must comment with an answer to the question below. 15 winners will be chosen at 10 PM EST tonight. Only one entry per person. This is only for Xbox 360. Also, if you’d rather we contact you via Twitter instead of e-mail if you win, leave your account name in your comment. Also add to your comment which album you wish to receive. Now that’s settled, let’s get to the free things!

  • What Green Day song was the biggest exclusion from Green Day: Rock Band?

James Brown Leaving the Music Store

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I don’t feel good about hearing this super bad news, and I got the feelin’ that you won’t, either. James Brown’s seminal classic Get Up will be leaving the Rock Band Music Store soon. We at RockBandAide urge you to please, please, please pick up this song while you still have the chance so that when you play Rock Band at your next party, you still have the chance to make it funky!

Songs leaving the music store on May 30th, 2014:

  • James Brown – Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1

In addition, the following pack will no longer be available to purchase:

  • Get The Funk Out 01

Note that Average White Band’s Pick Up the Pieces and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Shining Star will remain available for purchase.

[Official announcement]

Harmonix launches Amplitude Kickstarter

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One of Harmonix’s early cult classics released back in 2003, Amplitude gained respect from critics, but never found a huge audience. Today, Harmonix announced it was planning to faithfully recreate the experience for current gen consoles, by crowdfunding the project through kickstarter, details of which are here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harmonix/amplitude

“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 hopes to raise $775,500 by the 23rd of this month, which will be an indicator to Harmonix that this is a viable project. Its a project that the team has desperately wanted to work on, and this is a perfect way to garner interest and give something back to the fans of the studio that have been around since the Amplitude era.

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There are a huge list of rewards for backers, from early access to the full release title to a visit to the studio and even an evening with the Harmonix team! Be wary that after a certain reward tier, rewards are locked to continental North America only, though copies of the game should be available for everyone who backs $15 or more.

Excited/surprised about the announcement? Tell us about it in the comments!

Rock Band Community Nights: Bullet for My Valentine Giveaway (360 Only)

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Hey guys, another giveaway for you all. This time, it’s for Bullet for My Valentine! Here’s the pack you’ll be playing for:

  • Bullet for My Valentine – Scream, Aim, Fire
  • Bullet for My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall
  • Bullet for My Valentine – Your Betrayal

All you have to do is answer some trivia on the band. We have 10 codes for the Xbox 360 to give away, so pick a question, quote it and answer in the comments below. Here’s your trivia:

  • What country are the band from/originally formed?
  • What name did the band originally form under?
  • What is the name of their latest studio album?
  • How many albums were BFMV tied to in their original contract with Sony BGM?
  • Which song from the pack received the pro guitar/bass upgrade upgrade, and what difficulty rating did both charts receive?
  • Which single is the only one to have charted on the Billboard 200?
  • What three classic rock artists has Matt Tuck said to have inspired his song writing?
  • Where did the band play one off gig in London in 2006?
  • What UK festival did the group sub headline in 2013?
  • What date was “Waking The Demon” originally released on the Rock Band store for the Xbox 360 and the PS3?

You know what to do. Quote the question, answer below. But be quick! Best of luck everyone!