‘Disney Fantasia’ video game mixes music and magic – USA TODAY
You will not be alone when you play the upcoming Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved video game.
A new non-playable character named Scout, who serves as your guide in the magical land, and a two-person play mode are part of the game, due Oct. 21 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. In development by Disney Interactive and Harmonix, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved and these new features will be on display at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
As in Harmonix’s past games — Rock Band and Dance Central both became multi-million selling franchises — you can add your touch to popular music tracks. In Fantasia, you move your body to psychedelic on-screen cues – the Kinect motion sensor tracks you – and the better you match the song rhythm, the better your score. All this takes place in the land of the 1940 animated Disney classic.
Higher scores increase your magical power and that’s important because in the game players take the role of apprentice to the magician Yen Sid from the original film. The character Scout, another previous apprentice, helps guide you along. “You and Scout must save Fantasia,” says Harmonix publicist Nick Chester.
You travel to musical realms in which you unlock sounds and create new sound sequences that bring the realms to life. As you do so, you gain power and progress through the continuation of the Fantasia story.
In an early look at the game given to USA TODAY, Harmonix revealed a new explorable environment, the Neighborhood, a ’70s Chicago skyline with an L-like above-ground subway and billboards and buildings that have fun interactive aspects. For instance, graffiti on a building can be transferred onto the moving train, which creates a new musical theme that reoccurs as the train makes its rounds.
At the game’s unveiling during last year’s E3 show, conventioneers got to see an underwater level called “The Shoal” with giant clamshells and fish that can be played as instruments. The Neighborhood level has a funny “musical hot spot” where you can play musical bacon, steak and other meats or vegetables.
New songs announced as part of the game’s 30-plus library include The Real Me (The Who), Galang (M.I.A.), Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode), Take Care (Drake) and The Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky). Previously announced songs include Royals (Lorde) Locked Out of Heaven (Bruno Mars) Rocket Man (Elton John) and tracks by others from AVICII to Vivaldi.
In the two-player mode, “both of you can cooperatively try to earn a high score, ” says Harmonix product manager Annette Gonzalez,, “or try to beat your friend’s score while … remixing music together.”