Activision Wants To Make A Dance Hero Out Of You

Back in 2008, Activision applied for a trademark for a game called Dance Hero. Then... we all forgot about it. Now, it seems, the publisher might actually be releasing the thing.

While the world was busy lamenting (or celebrating) the demise of the Guitar and DJ Hero franchises, Activision seems intent to carry on and release at least one new musical game, as Kotaku has learned that work is underway on a new franchise, called, yes, Dance Hero.

Some of the songs we've heard have been slated (at least at this stage) for inclusion with the game include:

"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)

While we don't yet know what platforms the game would be appearing on, nor which studio is developing, we'd wager that between the PlayStation Move, Kinect and Wii Remote there's enough motion control there for at least three versions of the game. This is Activision we're talking about, after all!

Kotaku has contacted Activision for confirmation and further comment, and will update if we hear back.


    Ladies and gents meet your next franchise to be destroyed on a year to year basis...

      Completely Agree... Just Dance was probably the one that started it, but that was Wii only.

      With both Move and Kinect now out, Activision probably saw the success of Dance Central as the reason why they are starting up the bandwagon for their own game.

      And what's that? Dance Central was created by Harmonix, once again Harmonix have a successful game and Activision swoop in on the genre!

    Dance Central is a really fun game, definitely the 'killer app' for the Kinect, but the strategy behind it seems highly confusing:

    1. Release the game with only a handful of decent tracks on it.
    2. Drip out dlc at an embarrassingly slow rate, with some truly bizarre choices for dance songs.
    3. Head straight for making the sequel.

    Point 2 is extremely confusing to me. They sold 30 million Kinects in 60 days. Most people with a Kinect will probably have Dance Central, and will probably only like a few songs on the disc. Surely every track they release as dlc must INSTANTLY make a profit, just from the core group of gamers who are hungry for more songs to dance to (like me)? They should be releasing a new song EVERY WEEK, at least, as RB has been doing for several years now. Very odd for Harmonix to drop the ball like this.

    Point 3 actually makes a lot of sense. DC, while fun, feels incomplete. It needs a campaign mode, badly. It needs the ability to your own dancer, as you do in RB. And when they do make DC2, they definitely need to make it backwards-compatible (I'm sure they will). I'd also love it if they included an option to 'build your own dance' out of the existing moveset. It's unlikely that they'll do this as it would 'kill the golden goose' of dlc if people could just build their own routines to new songs, but something similar to the Rock Band Network, where people can share dance routines with each other, would be great.

    So I'm very much looking forward to DC2 and, as always, Harmonix blows away the competition in the music-game arena.

    From Guitar Hero to this.... they really are stepping up their game!

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