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Everything You Need To Know About Amplitude

Thanks to the help of over 14,000 Kickstarter backers, Harmonix is bringing Amplitude to next-gen Sony consoles this year. In case you missed the Kickstarter or are new to the series, here's your chance to get up to speed.

What started as a geometrical sketch on a white board featuring a futuristic cyber ship that blasts musical gems eventually became FreQuency. Fans of the rhythm-action title may remember this 2001 cult classic releasing on the PlayStation 2. The game was loved by fans and critics alike. Following FreQuency, Harmonix had the opportunity to work on its successor, Amplitude. The game offered improved mechanics, better visuals, and a new soundtrack. (For more on the history of Amplitude, read our post on the PlayStation Blog here.)

Ten-plus years and tons of fan requests to bring back Amplitude later, we launched a successful Kickstarter. We were overwhelmed by the love and support shown by Harmonix fans worldwide that helped make this thing a reality. If you missed the Kickstarter and want to get your hands on some sweet digital goods and merch, you can check out our BackerKit store.

In case you're wondering, the song featured in our very first trailer for the new Amplitude is "Decode Me" by the game's Audio Lead Pete Maguire.

Amplitude will feature over 20 songs, including tracks composed by Harmonix artists, as well as tracks from Freezepop, Kasson Crooker/Symbion Project, C418, Jim Guthrie, George & Jonathan, Danny B, and more! The new Amplitude will be treated like a classic, sci-fi concept album. There is a narrative that runs through the game and surfaces through the visuals, music, and song lyrics. We don't want to spoil anything so we'll leave it at that!

Even though Amplitude isn't out until this summer, we've had the opportunity to show the game off - even in its early stages - at PAX Prime, the PlayStation Experience, the Game Developers Conference, Rezzed, and PAX East! Amplitude supports up to four players locally, which led to tons of intense multiplayer matches on the road. We look forward to bringing the game to more events over the course of the year so stay tuned for news on that.

Finally, if you want to see a demo of our latest Amplitude build, check out the new PlayStation Underground (remember those registration cards packaged with PS2 games, or the demo discs packed in with Official PlayStation Magazine?). Our game was featured in the pilot episode. So cool!