Harmonix bringing Amplitude to PlayStation 4 and PS3
posted on 05.05.14 at 01:03 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Kickstarter seeking $775,000 in funding for PS2 remake.


Harmonix is bringing back Amplitude, its PlayStation 2 rhythm action game, on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. A Kickstarter for the project is seeking $775,000 in funding, and as of press time has secured $39,000.

Amplitude is a sequel to FreQuency, Harmonix’s first music game. Both were published by Sony Computer Entertainment and were well received by critics.

If you missed the original release, here is a brief summary:

Amplitude is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride through an all-digital landscape, where musical notes have been “silenced” by encapsulating gems. By destroying the gems with their ship, the Beat Blaster, players release the music within. Each track on this crazy ride represents a specific instrument, so gems can activate sounds including guitar riffs, bass lines, drum beats, vocal lines and more. Players blast through each song section, building the music, darting from track to track, and locking that soundscape together before transitioning to the next musical area.

The new Amplitude Harmonix aspires to create will include the “beatmatching” the studio “perfected” with Rock Band and run on Harmonix’s new proprietary engine developed over the last ten years. It will also allow for “better control over timing windows,” as well as the ability to run at 60 frames per second. Both single player and multiplayer are planned, as well as online leaderboards.

As to whether this is an entirely new game, Harmonix says the current goal is to make a “faithful Amplitude ‘HD’,” or “the core experience from PS2 re-developed for modern gaming devices.” But it has “lots of crazy ideas that could blow this concept out.”

Find out more about and fund the game here. View some concept art here.

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  • Sevyne

    OMG YES! So backed!

  • 罪罰
  • DarthBrian

    I backed this so hard whoever pulls me out will be crowned the next King of England. <3

    • 罪罰

      how dare you

    • Sevyne

      And here I was, bitching in the other topic that they’d never bring it back! Excuse me while I place my foot in my mouth!

      • DarthBrian

        I remember our discussion about this topic!!! ^_^

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    What’s next a Jet Moto remake for PS3 & PS4.

  • pixxxelz

    I opened a kickstarter account just for this xD

  • uhawww

    I’m in there.

    Licensing would probably make this game prohibitively expensive to make, so hopefully it’s chock full of Harmonix music. Those guys have some talent, and some of the best tracks in Freq/Amp were in-house.


  • Six

    A company as wealthy as Harmonix is doing a Kickstarter for a Sony owned IP. Well, whatever, in for the Vita ver… wait.


    • 罪罰

      who says theyre wealthy

      • Six
        • uhawww

          It’s perfectly within the rules of Kickstarter usage to gauge consumer interest with submitted projects.

          I’m actually kind of shocked more companies haven’t used KS for fringe products and projects.

          • Budgiecat

            they should; ESPECIALLY Japanese companies

            here for example:

            Hey! Who wants a Dark Cloud sequel?
            Hey! Who wants another Wild Arms?
            Hey! Who wants a Legend of Dragoon sequel?
            Hey! Who wants a Suikoden on consoles?
            Hey! Who wants another Legend of Legaia?
            Hey! Who wants a REAL Breath of Fire and Onimusha game?
            Hey! Who wants a Rogue Galaxy sequel?
            Hey! Who wants another Shadow Hearts?
            Hey! Who wants another Skies of Arcadia?
            Hey! Who wants Yakuza 5 and Ishin, Valkyria Chronicles 3, Final Fantasy type Zero to be localized?
            Hey! Who wants a console Mother game?

            Hey! Who wants Shenmue III?

            • Sevyne

              I agree that they should.

              Anyone that tries to spin this kickstarter as a negative thing are simply crazy. I’d be all for bigger developers getting on it if it means reviving old IPs that are deemed “too risky” otherwise. At least then we’d have a chance to vote with our wallet.

            • 罪罰

              big companies, would be disgraceful to beg.
              lrn 2 NIPON

  • LordKaiser

    Meh not my style of game… I tough it was something like F-Zero.


  • Zukato


  • Anime10121

    I’ve never even played this series, but some of you guys comments are just straight up XD

  • FTM

    Can’t afford to support the kickstarter, but I will absolutely buy this day-1. Anything rhythm-oriented has my wallet; favorite genre.

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    Why Not Wii U?

    • http://www.hush404.com hush404

      Seeing as the release is only for PS3/PS4 (which excludes 360/XB1), I’m going to assume Sony owns the IP.

      • Sevyne

        Yep, they do.

    • Sevyne

      hush’s assumption is correct. Sony owns the IP.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Man Sony you made smart ideas to publish and buy out the rights to a lot of 2nd & 3rd party IP’s. Just saying that’s all.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Wait a Kinetica remake is next too. I’m guessing here.

    • NoctisCrystallisXV

      I would like see that too.