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Report: Activision Developing Dance Hero?

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Dance Hero, Games news, Music games

Dance 'Em Ups Are On The Rise

Report: Activision Developing Dance Hero?

Guitar Hero and DJ Hero aren't even cold, but a new report suggests that Activision are set to enter the dance games market. These types of game are doing incredibly well of late and it looks like Acti would like a piece of the pie with the unimaginatively-titled Dance Hero.

Dance games have proved to be extremely profitable in recent months. Just Dance 2 has just sold 1 million copies in the UK following an intensive TV advertising campaign, and Harmonix's Dance Central has outsold the superlative Rock Band 3. It's set to be a growth market (and probably another fad)... and naturally Activision will be keen to secure a piece of the action.

Activision trademarked Dance Hero back in 2008, but a new report from Kotaku suggests that the publisher's set to finally make good on the IP. According to their intel, it's set to feature a number of hits from major artists, including the following four examples:

  • 2012 by Jay Sean (feat Nicki Minaj)
  • Out Of Space by The Prodigy.
  • The Way I Are by Timbaland (feat Keri Hilson and D.O.E.)
  • Take Over Control by Afrojack (feat Evan Simon)

Dance games have been proven on all major platforms, taking advantage of each console's motion control capabilities. WiiMotes and Playstation Move should provide similar input opportunities, but we're hoping that Kinect functionality will provide a unique full-body experience. God knows that there are enough compatible peripherals to go around- and Activision being Activision, we'll almost certainly expect it to roll out on anything with a disc drive and motion control. [Kotaku]

This story is technically a rumour at the moment, folks. But it's certainly got the ring of truth to it - and I think we can safely file it under This Is Probably Going To Happen. Watch this space.

Add a comment4 comments
Peter  Mar. 8, 2011 at 16:26

Sorry to sound cynical, but after all the milking they did of the Guitar Hero series (which I'm pretty sure contributed to its downfall), I can't really see this succeeding on Activision's part. Sure, they'll push it for all it's worth, but unless they somehow revolutionise the genre, I doubt they'll usurp what's already out there.

Matt Gardner  Mar. 8, 2011 at 17:03

Oh you don't need to apologise for cynicism here. It's almost shamelessly reactive isn't it?

You're right, they'll have to do something pretty special to displace Just Dance and Dance Central.

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 8, 2011 at 19:45

Let's see if Activision can over-saturate and destroy another music subgenre. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen!

ODB  Mar. 9, 2011 at 10:51

Makes sense though as they can just produce a game rather than having to produce peripherals as well, therefore its the same price as a normal game rather than a higher price and more accessible etc


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