The new Amplitude isn’t an evolution of the track-mixing music gameplay that made the original and its predecessor, Frequency, so popular with rhythm game fans. It’s almost exactly the same, and that’s perfect.
Harmonix’s Amplitude revival finally has a release date: January 5. Backers at the $40 or higher tier will gain access a little earlier, however, on December 23.
Everyone's gonna have to wait a few more months for Harmonix to bring back Amplitude, as the studio announced today its Kickstarter-funded revival is moving from March to "summer."
Maybe it's skepticism. Maybe it's Kickstarter malaise. Maybe people just don't care.
Before they made people boogie in living rooms with Dance Central or shred plastic guitars with Rock Band, the people at Harmonix made Amplitude, a fantastic, underappreciated rhythm game for the PS2. Folks have been asking for more Amplitude for a long, long time now. Those fans might be getting their wish.
Many of the games being made for Sony's PSP successor, the NGP, appear to be build upon past PlayStation greatness. If that's how it goes, might we suggest a few more?
How will Harmonix squeeze the full band experience of Rock Band onto the instrument-free PSP? By making Rock Band Unplugged a spiritual sequel to Amplitude, Harmonix's critically beloved pre-Guitar Hero rhythm game.
Harmonix's big hit before Guitar Hero/Rock Band, and a foreshadowing of their gameplay, was Amplitude, developed for SCEA on the PS2. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos says he'd love to "do it right" for the PS3.