After transforming living rooms into virtual dance floors and concert stages with Dance Central and Rock Band, music-game makers Harmonix are partnering with the House of Mouse for their next title. Possibly the studio’s most ambitious effort to date, Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved isn’t so much a traditional objective-based game as it is a creativity-encouraging tool for budding conductors.
More inspired by Walt Disney’s 1940’s animated classic than based on it, the Kinect-enabled title puts players in the role first made famous by a wizard hat-wearing Mickey Mouse. As the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, players will use hand gestures to interact with colorful on-screen prompts, creating musical masterpieces from familiar tracks such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.”
The title’s whimsical worlds – including a vibrant undersea setting and a printing press factory inhabited by adorable robots – wouldn’t look out of place among the film’s famous set pieces, but it’s yet to be revealed how much of the movie’s iconic imagery will make it into the game. I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed for a section that sees The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s magic brooms bobbing their heads, er, handles, to Queen’s rousing rock classic.
While players won’t be able to don Mickey’s red robe until 2014, when the title is released on Xbox 360 and Microsoft’ next-gen Xbox One console, the following trailer offers a peek at the symphony-conducting fun.
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