Harmonix branches into smartphone territory

Since Harmonix and Viacom parted ways, nobody’s been quite sure what the Rock Band and Dance Central creator would get up to. We’d heard suggestions of a new title, VidRhythm, but nothing further – and that was more than a month ago.

Harmonix founders Eran Egozy (left) and Alex Rigopulos

Harmonix founders Eran Egozy (left) and Alex Rigopulos at their offices

Now, though, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos has revealed that it’s something a little different than we’d anticipated: It’s an iOS App.

Chatting with [surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/36587/Harmonix_VidRhythm_Studios_First_InHouse_iOS_Game.php]Gamasutra[/surl], Rigopulos explained:

It will actually be our first iOS release as a studio, coming out relatively soon. I can’t say anything yet about what it is, but in parallel with all these huge console game productions we have underway, we’re commencing our first iOS development project.

Apparently, the team working on Tripwire is “tiny”, but Harmonix itself is “hiring, and growing again”, after a pretty messy couple of years.

Rigopulos doesn’t seem too phased by the catastrophic demise of the rhythm game genre as we know it, believing instead that as long as there are music lovers, there will be a market for games that work with that. The trick is to find the right balance, and Harmonix, a studio where you stand out more for not being in a band, is well-placed to find it.

Hopefully we won’t be waiting too much longer to find out what VidRhythm actually is, and see where else Harmonix is headed.

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