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Rigopulos Wants More Amplitude

Harmonix cofounder Alex Rigopulos expresses some enthusiastic interest in reviving the rhythm series that the Rock Band developer got its start with.

Like this, but moreso!
Before Harmonix was teaching the mainstream how to faux-raux with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the Cambridge-based developer had spend several years blowing my mind with its techno-heavy Frequency and Amplitude games. I had played plenty of Japanese-developed rhythm games like Dance Dance Revolution, PaRappa the Rapper, and Samba de Amigo before then, but Frequency was the first time I had seen something like that from a Western developer, and it carried a certain sensibility, as well as a variety of licensed music, that spoke to me more personally. While the plastic-instrument evolution of the rhythm game genre looks to remain the dominant form for the foreseeable future, I've maintained the tiny hope in the back of my mind that Harmonix's newfound cache would allow it to one day revisit that franchise.

Based on a recent Ars Technica interview with Harmonix cofounder Alex Rigopulos, a follow-up to Amplitude might not be as much of a pipe dream as I had thought. In the interview, Rigopulos emphatically shouts “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” at the prospect of making Amplitude available as a PlayStation Network game, though he follows that up by saying that he'd “love to do a sequel to Amplitude, actually,” and that he “would love to come back and do it right for the PlayStation 3, for example.”

Obviously, there are a few hurdles before we could see an Amplitude sequel. Harmonix is plenty busy cultivating its highly lucrative Rock Band series at the moment. There's also the issue of Sony owning the rights to the Frequency and Amplitude names. Then again, Harmonix has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years, with a current staff of over 300 making multiple projects much more feasible, and it essentially made a quasi-sequel to Amplitude already with its iPod game Phase, which was done without any involvement from Sony. It's still all just talk, but it's encouraging to know that Amplitude still holds such a special place in Rigopulos' heart.
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Posted by Ryan
Like this, but moreso!
Before Harmonix was teaching the mainstream how to faux-raux with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the Cambridge-based developer had spend several years blowing my mind with its techno-heavy Frequency and Amplitude games. I had played plenty of Japanese-developed rhythm games like Dance Dance Revolution, PaRappa the Rapper, and Samba de Amigo before then, but Frequency was the first time I had seen something like that from a Western developer, and it carried a certain sensibility, as well as a variety of licensed music, that spoke to me more personally. While the plastic-instrument evolution of the rhythm game genre looks to remain the dominant form for the foreseeable future, I've maintained the tiny hope in the back of my mind that Harmonix's newfound cache would allow it to one day revisit that franchise.

Based on a recent Ars Technica interview with Harmonix cofounder Alex Rigopulos, a follow-up to Amplitude might not be as much of a pipe dream as I had thought. In the interview, Rigopulos emphatically shouts “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” at the prospect of making Amplitude available as a PlayStation Network game, though he follows that up by saying that he'd “love to do a sequel to Amplitude, actually,” and that he “would love to come back and do it right for the PlayStation 3, for example.”

Obviously, there are a few hurdles before we could see an Amplitude sequel. Harmonix is plenty busy cultivating its highly lucrative Rock Band series at the moment. There's also the issue of Sony owning the rights to the Frequency and Amplitude names. Then again, Harmonix has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years, with a current staff of over 300 making multiple projects much more feasible, and it essentially made a quasi-sequel to Amplitude already with its iPod game Phase, which was done without any involvement from Sony. It's still all just talk, but it's encouraging to know that Amplitude still holds such a special place in Rigopulos' heart.
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Posted by Kontrapunkt

YES PLEASE!!!!!

Posted by bigdaddyjack21

Do this i loved the first one

Posted by Dauragon

To quote Jeff:

Dude, YES!

Posted by Kraznor

My one wish is maybe the new one wouldn't be quite as punishing as the first two, but either way a new entry in this franchise would be fantastic. Amplitude was my first rhythm-game.

Posted by iAmJohn

Live Arcade or PSN.   What are you waiting for?  GO GO GO!!!

Posted by Tofford

According to my A level Physics vocabulary the next game should be called wavelength

Posted by LaszloKovacs

I would love this.

Posted by lordofultima

Don't forget about the 360, since I'm inclined to not purchase online titles for PSN.

Posted by MrRedwine

This pedigree is why Rock Band is so much better than the new Guitar Hero games.  Frequency was so awesome!

Posted by damswedon

yes this has been one of my biggest wants for a long time.

Posted by Bombstrom

I've never played Amplitude, but Frequency was great so sign me up!

Posted by DJ_Lae

SWEET JESUS YES.

Posted by Abomstar

I'd be interested to see the type of song list Harmonix could work into another Amplitude game now that they're so influential in the music game world. It's the perfect outlet for electronic, hip-hop, and pretty much anything else that still can't quite translate to the Rock Band framework. Amplitude has some really good songs, but I always got the impression that they were extremely restricted.

Posted by jakob187

I'll laugh whenever people call it a rip-off of Guitar Hero and Rock Band...

...because that's what kids will do.  They don't know anything about the amazingness of Amplitude, and so they'll just ask where the plastic guitar and drums are at for the game.  It'll suck big time when we have to school them.
Posted by brian3d

Oh god, I wish I can play a new Amplitude game. I played Amplitude for HOURS.

Posted by McQuinn

YES, that stuff was great.  The two player vs mode in those games are much more fun than Guitar Hero or Rock Band

Posted by Graymalkin

That would be really really terrific!

Posted by Ironphist

Oh man, the drooling cannot be stopped.

Posted by DukesT3

dude yes!

Posted by JohnDudebro

I wonder how well Amplitude would hold up if they did a new one. The music game genre has evolved, and not just in the "more peripherals" way. It'll be interesting to see if they do anything to modernize it.

Posted by niall077

Amplitude... PSN..... DUDE!!!!






Would still like rockband 2 for ps3 this side of september 2012....  (I live in europe)

Posted by Gregomasta

YEAH! YEAH YEAH!

Posted by Tebbit

Sony owning the rights isn't really a hurdle to the game being made. It is certainly a hurdle to it being released on a non-Sony console though. Inter-company collaboration (with all of those messy rights) have happened in the past.

I think...
Posted by LCad

Dude.  Yes.

Posted by strangeling

My only request if they do make a sequel, is that they return a 2D Freq creator like they used in Frequency.

That avatar creation system was near limitless.  You could create anything you could image for an avatar (a face, a landscape, the mona lisa, etc...), instead of being limited to a handfull of character models and a finite selection of accessories.
Posted by ProfessorZombie

ALEX RIGOPULOS!!! MAN OF THE YEAR!!!!!

Posted by Snail

Emphasis on the PS3, how weird.

Posted by Meltbrain

Yessss more amplitude for the amplitude lovers! That game was awesome.

Posted by niall077

From reading the section of the interview it looks like they have talked to sony about it at some pont which is good news but who is to say it would be a PSN game.

amplitude could be done on PSP.... heck it would take a year or two to make so maybe it would be a PSP2 launch game if it happens.

Hormonix did work close with sony during the Ps2 era so I could see them making it,  MS would just get the audiosurf guys to make a XBLA port to keep up with the jones's.

Posted by dsplayer1010

I see it being an downloadable game if it even comes out

Posted by Emiroo

My personal life hopes this does not happen.  I spent an obscene amount of time in Frequency & Amplitude's remix modes.  Literally MONTHS!  The huge caveat about any possible sequel would be the song list.  You know they'd ruin it by trying to add more "popular" tunes in there.  Kind of like they did with Amplitude.  Frequency will always be the king.

Posted by CitizenKane

I am always in favor of a new Amplitude game.  :)

Posted by TheLawnWrangler

YES FUCK YEAH!!!! this has made me a very happy man!!!!!!

WOOOOOH!!!!!
Posted by Media_Master

yeah, I don't get it, o'well

Posted by RichieJohn

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKUTmBk3XAU&feature=related
 
Has everyone seen Ryans review?  He looks kinda different now

Posted by Darkstorn

Lol, so much for that :///

Posted by Hailinel

@Darkstorn said:

Lol, so much for that :///

Your lame necroposting aside, that's not really the case. Rock Band Blitz, despite its name, is very much derived from the same gameplay style that produced Amplitude and Frequency.