Harmonix, the developer behind Rock Band, Karaoke Revolution and the original Guitar Hero titles, has revealed a brand new music title called Fuser.
Harmonix is really hyping this one up to be something special; an admittedly fancy trailer has been shared (see above), and a press release describes the game as both a "revolutionary new music gaming experience" and "the next evolution of interactive music gaming".
The game lets players "seamlessly" blend vocals, bass lines, and other instrumentation from a number of different music genres and artists, enabling them to perform and create sharable mixes. The soundtrack features some of the world's top current artists like Billie Eilish, The Chainsmokers, Imagine Dragons, Lil Nas X, Post Malone, and more.
16 of the 100+ song soundtrack has been revealed so far:
Songs included in FUSER:
- 50 Cent – “In Da Club”
- Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
- Blue Öyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
- The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
- The Clash – “Rock the Casbah”
- Fatboy Slim – “The Rockafeller Skank"
- Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
- J. Balvin & Willy William – “Mi Gente”
- Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
- Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
- Lizzo – “Good As Hell”
- LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
- Migos – “Stir Fry”
- Post Malone – “Better Now”
- Smash Mouth – “All Star”
- Warren G & Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
There's a campaign, freestyle play, online multiplayer and a 'social sharing' feature to be enjoyed, and no peripheral is required. It's set to launch on Switch and other platforms later this year. We'll leave you with this statement provided by Harmonix CEO, Steve Janiak:
"With FUSER, we are delivering the ultimate music fantasy as a game. Music today is an experience. It’s not just people listening to albums any more – it’s recording and sharing videos of you singing along to your favourite songs, watching your favourite bands play at festivals, and sharing hit music with your friends. FUSER puts players at the centre of all that by letting you mix and share some of the biggest hits on your way to becoming a festival headliner."
So they made Dropmix into a video game?
So it's basically DJ Hero? No, thanks.
So like... Remix Hero?
@LegendOfStewart It's more like Dropmix from the same company. A board/card game where you can create your own mixes.
What they didn’t mention is if there are physical plastic instruments to play the game with or not. I hope there is, I really want a new rock band type game.
@LegendOfStewart Looking at the screenshots it's more like Dropmix.
DJ Hero without the plastic add-on, erm I think you are a few years late
I must be getting old, I recognised like 5 of those tracks.
I am only interested if there is a challenge aspect with scoring and a win/loss state. If it’s just basically a toy, I can pass on it. I respect Harmonix but why can’t we just get a Band game
DJ Hero was amazing! Sad thing it came out after everyone was done with enough plastic accessories.
Glad they are back in the game.
"Music today is an experience."
Yeah..."experience." We'll go with that. That sounds much...nicer than what I would call it, today.
The trailer should have had some gameplay.
@gloom There aren't any peripherals - we mentioned that in the article.
Had me at “Regulate.”
Gotta say, I don't like the track listing so far, and the gameplay idea doesn't sound too appealing to me either. I would definitely need a demo for this one.
I really hope this plays like rock band blitz / amplitude on lsd
Regulate and Don't Fear the Reaper are sweet choices but the rest will make this a hard pass for me and a I'm a musician. Guess they're trying to sell it on whatever's popular for the most part. Also, the trailer makes it look like "Dance around in public, the game". These music games never last long, anyway.
@infernogott My immediate thought as well. Makes sense, DropMix is made by Harmonix and it was a really great idea, smart for them to give it a second life in a video game form. Though I'm sure the rules and stuff will be a bit different, the core gameplay does seem to be the same.
@gloom Rock Band is still very much alive. While instruments are hard to find, Rock Band 4 is still getting weekly DLC (coming up to 5 years in October).
@Grumblevolcano I don’t care about other systems who have it. I just want rockband on Switch. Lol
Don't care for these games where people pretend to make music. I would much rather jam and improvise on real instruments.
Some of the music selection....is off.
Lmfao included in this "music is an experience" nonsense? Yeah like my bowel movements more like.
Maybe I'm dumb, but after watching the trailer and reading everything, I still have no idea how one actually plays this game, specially if there are no peripherals required. I can't imagine using controller buttons (and sticks maybe?) as being particularly fun for a rhythm game, at least it definitely wasn't in Donkey Konga, last such game I played with buttons.
@nab1 it probably plays like Dropmix, the Harmonix home game that looks very similar. It isn’t really a rhythm game so much as it is a party real time remix game. Kinda hard to explain, but look up how Dropmix is played and you'll get a good idea of how this likely plays.
So she is.. de Blob?
Too dude bro for my taste.
It's got All Star by Smash Mouth so it must be good
I was talking to a friend the other day about how we missed guitar hero games and were hoping to see a revival next gen with a new one. I guess this is all we get instead...
Don't Fear The Reaper x Bad Guy.
Yeah alright I'm skipping this.
@ryancraddock The article says "no peripherals are required" I'm hoping that there will be some available....? Don't really understand how it will be a dance/move/music game without some kind of peripheral to use. Maybe I'll be surprised though? We shall see. It sounds like something that would be right up my kiddos alleys.
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