Rock Band: The Shooter — Harmonix Reveals Chroma

Harmonix, the studio that brought us Rock Band and Dance Central, is setting its musical, rhythm-based sights on the shooter genre with its next game, Chroma.

It’s a free-to-play first-person arena shooter with “music-driven gameplay.” My walnut-sized brain doesn’t know how to process that information. According to Harmonix, Chroma’s shooter mechanics are tied directly to the game’s soundtrack and players will “unleash streams of sound” that damage enemy players and alter the music-based landscape.

Chroma will feature multiple customizable classes and Harmonix says teams will be able to form in-game bands, combining their individual sounds for powerful attacks and unique perks.

While we know Harmonix can nail the musical, rhythm-based aspects, they should get Chroma’s shooter stuff right, too. That’s because Hidden Path Entertainment, the studio behind Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, is co-developing.

“Truly new experiences in video games are very rare,” Hidden Path Founder Mark Terrano said in a statement. “At Hidden Path Entertainment we were delighted to help Harmonix realize their dream of a musical shooter, and are looking forward to the next step – seeing it continue to evolve with the energy, input and creativity from the game community.”

After reading the details and watching the trailer above, my initial impression is multiplayer PaRappa the Rapper on acid. I’m still not quite sure how it will work, but I’m definitely intrigued. If there’s one genre in desperate need of something completely new, it’s the shooter genre. Good for Harmonix for not being afraid to push the envelope.

If you’re as curious as I am, sign up now for the Chroma closed alpha test, which Harmonix says will commence later this month.

Chroma is a PC exclusive with a Steam release date of TBA 2014.

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1 Comment on Rock Band: The Shooter — Harmonix Reveals Chroma


On February 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

On the one hand this is certainly an interesting concept if nothing else, but on the other its the sort of thing that will live or die based on two things: how well they manage to integrate the ideas and the actual soundtrack. Not to come across as an old man shouting at kids to get off my lawn, but if its all dubstep then all I can do is applaud the concept while staying as far away from it as possible.