Oh, that wily Harmonix team. It appears that the secret project the team began teasing late last week is actually a Kickstarter project. No wonder they were trying to create media buzz! What's the game? How about an all new Amplitude title, a follow-up to a rhythm game that inspired Harmonix's music titles for years to come. The music-loving studio is asking for $775,000 over 18 days so they can bring this new Amplitude to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
Amplitude, for those unfamiliar, was a PlayStation 2 controller-based rhythm game that actually contained a lot of the fundamental mechanics that grew into Guitar Hero and Rock Band years later. Imagine a number of tracks laid out, each representing a different instrument, that the player had to complete the sequences of to make that instrument's music play. Unlike Guitar Hero, where players were stuck on a single track, Amplitude makes players jump from track to track to play each instrument -- it's almost like a Tempest and Rock Band mix.
What Harmonix is working on right now isn't an Amplitude sequel, however. It's more of an Amplitude HD according to the Kickstarter page. That is to say, Harmonix won't be iterating on the game and will instead focus on recreating the experience of the classic only on current generation consoles. The main difference will come in the form of the music for the game, which will be 100% original and composed by the Harmonix crew specifically with exciting gameplay in mind. Think moody electronica.
Harmonix's new Amplitude, if the Kickstarter campaign is successful, will be tentatively launched in March 2015 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Anyone's free to donate to the Kickstarter in trade for a download code upon the game's launch and there are of course many other awards as well. One final note, Harmonix fully intends to make this game just as mind-numbingly difficult as the first. Bless their hearts.