Amplitude Kickstarter Updates
Over a week ago, developer Harmonix went to Kickstarter asking for $775,000 to develop a new Amplitude game for PS3 and PS4. The original Amplitude was a PS2 game developed by Harmonix in 2003, and was the predecessor to games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. As of this writing, with 3 days remaining, the Kickstarter has only raised $380,029, just over half of the amount needed. Over the course of the past few days, some notable updates by the developer have been released.
Harmonix has released a few videos on their YouTube channel, detailing aspects of the art and music in Amplitude.
A Spotify playlist has been made that resembles some of the songs Harmonix would like to include in the game.
Harmonix Director of Publishing and PR, John Drake, detailed in a blog post why Amplitude was brought to Kickstarter, and why Harmonix isn’t “rich from all of that Rock Band/Dance Central money.”
The newest episode of the Harmonix podcast includes an at length discussion on the game with John Drake and Project Director Ryan Lesser.
Finally, today, several artists have been confirmed to contribute to the reboot with original music. The artists are:
- Anamanguchi (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
- C418 (Minecraft)
- Danny Branowsky (Super Meat Boy, Canabalt)
- Freezepop (FreQuency, Amplitude)
- Jim Guthrie (Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP)
- Kasson Crooker (FreQuency, Amplitude, Symbion Project)
- George & Jonathan
As of now, with a few days left, there is still a long way to go for the project to be funded. Harmonix has been very clear that the game will not be made if the Kickstarter fails.
I myself am backer of the project, and I would encourage others to back as well. There are many different tier levels that offer incentives to back, including a song of your choice in the game, early access to the game and many more.
Let us know in the comments if you think this is a worthwhile project to back.