Dance 'Em Ups Are On The Rise
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.