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Harmonix has taken the wraps off of its big surprise - and the new game really has caught gamers off-guard. We were told not to expect a new Rock Band or Dance Central, but nobody anticipated a joint project with Disney.
Fantasia: Music Evolved is described as a "breakthrough musical motion video game", inspired by - of course - Disney's classic animated film Fantasia. You remember the scene where Mickey controls the music by moving his body? That's you, in this new game.
You have been selected by sorcerer Yen Sid as his new apprentice. Enter the magical space of Fantasia and practice your skills in both music and magic as you travel through an immersive, motion-controlled journey through an all-new world, where music, magic and movement combine in some extraordinary, interactive landscapes.
In practical terms, the controller-free gameplay (everything is done through Kinect), you can change the mix of some of your favourite songs in real time - play the original recording, throw in some remixed elements, and add or remove layers through simple magical manipulators.
More than 25 artists will be involved in the game at launch, each bringing three versions of their songs to Fantasia. At this stage, we just know of a few:
A Kinect exclusive, Fantasia: Music Evolved is headed to Xbox 360 and Xbox One "some time in 2014". Gamers who are attending E3 next week will be given a chance to get hands-on with the new game, as part of Disney's presence at the expo.
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