Harmonix Teams Up with Disney to Release Fantasia: Music Evolved

Great. Another Harmonix game featuring Bruno Mars.

Harmonix has teamed up with Disney to create a dance game inspired by Fantasia.The basis of Fantasia: Music Evolved is that you are a sorcerer's apprentice, and you must perform and transform songs in order to bring life to worlds created by the sorcerer Yen Sid. You will unlock 'musical interactions' by movement in order to bring music - and life - to the world. var adunit_index = 4000; if ((adunit_index != 1000 & adunit_index != 1001) || (adunit_index == 1000 && device_category != 'MOBILE') || (adunit_index == 1001 && device_category == 'MOBILE')) { if (active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index] != undefined) { console.log('Dyn Unit Legacy PW', active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index], adunit_index); googletag.cmd.push(function(){ var adunit_index = 4000; if (typeof(pubwise) != 'undefined' & pubwise.enabled === true) { console.log('Dyn PW'); pubwise.que.push(function(){ pubwise.renderAd('div-sjr-4000'); }); } else { console.log('Dyn Direct'); googletag.display('div-sjr-4000'); googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); } //googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); }); } } Harmonix's popular games, Rock Band and Dance Central, want you to mimic what's on the screen, but Fantasia will allow you to be more creative and use your own gestures to bring life to new worlds.Songs available are more of the 'Top 40' variety than the Fantasia soundtrack. The creators wanted to add a modern twist to the classic Fantasia. Besides Bruno Mars and Fun., you'll also be working some magic with Kimbra, Avicii, and even Queen. When launched, the game will feature tracks from more than 25 musicians, each featuring two unique remixes in addition to the original recording. I'm hoping that more genres of music will eventually be featured.More Freestyle, More Magic "In building a gesture system we wanted to give a lot of freedom to people, so it's not this 'copy what you see on screen' thing, which is what we did with Dance Central," said Matt Boch, Fantasia: Music Evolved's creative director. "Here, you're moving rhythmically, and we wanted to give players the sense of freedom of expression." I see this as a great game for toddlers and teenagers. The aspect of music and movement would be great for developing children. The 'Top 40' music will appeal to teenagers, for sure. Does it appeal to me? No. I wish that they had kept with the beautiful music featured in Fantasia, then I would be more willing to play.Although the game is definitely limiting itself with its target audience, I am sure Fantasia: Music Evolved will be a popular gift once it comes it to Xbox One and Kinect for Xbox 360.Follow @RavenHathcock

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Published Jun. 4th 2013
  • Max Jay
    Featured Columnist
    You know something? This could have been kind of awesome.

    It's clear that the target market of this is the dance game teen type people. It would have been really nice if Disney made the game centered around the classical music used in the Fantasia movies, which were both phenomenal.

    Imagine using freestyle dance-type gesturing to essentially conduct an interactive story based around a particular song, which is more or less what Fantasia was all about.

    It would also bring a completely new style of music to a demographic that has largely forgotten about it. Eh... oh well... money wins again.
  • Raven Hathcock
    Featured Contributor
    Oh gosh. I can't even imagine how epic that would be. Now I'm even more upset that they aren't using the classical music from Fantasia. It just seems pointless to have a game based off of the movie if it's not really based off the movie, yah know?
  • Max Jay
    Featured Columnist
    Exactly! I don't understand why they would even use the name Fantasia.
  • TidusLives
    Correspondent
    This sounds interesting. And I don't mean interesting as in "Man, I'm interested in playing this game," but more like "Man, I'm interested in what kind of drugs these guys were on when they conjured up this idea." It definitely has marketability, especially with Disney backing it and Harmonix's previous success, but I will certainly not be a buyer, no matter how tempting the idea of Mickey dancing to the tune of "Fat Bottomed Girl" might be.

    Great article though!
  • Raven Hathcock
    Featured Contributor
    It's not even Fat Bottomed Girl! It's Bohemian Rhapsody! I don't mind some BR, but I wish they would have kept the classical music from the original Fantasia. Sigh.

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