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.”