Rock Band Creator Making Something for VR -- What Would You Like to See?
Harmonix is working on a project for Samsung's recently announced Gear VR headset, but that's all we know so far.
Harmonix, the studio that created Rock Band and Dance Central, is working on a new project for Samsung's Gear VR headset, which was officially announced yesterday. The confirmation comes by way of Harmonix publicist Nick Chester, who sent out the following tweet.
The cat is out of the bag: @Harmonix is developing software for Samsung's Gear VR. More info soon!— Nick Chester (@nickchester) September 3, 2014
Another Harmonix employee, Dawn Rivers, tweeted about the news.
Oh man! I can't wait for folks to see the crazy project I've been on at Harmonix for Samsung's Gear VR! :D Such future, so virtual reality.— DawnRivers (@DawnRivers) September 3, 2014
It remains to be seen if Harmonix's Gear VR project is a game or something else entirely. But in any case, Harmonix is expected to reveal more details about its plans soon.
Gear VR is a collaborative effort from Oculus Rift headset maker Oculus VR--which is now owned by Facebook--and Samsung. The headset is unique in that it uses the newly revealed Galaxy Note 4 as its screen. Paired with the headset's adjustable lenses, the Galaxy Note 4's accelerometer and gyrometer are used to track head movement, in turn creating the feeling of virtual reality.
For more on Gear VR, check out GameSpot's past coverage, as well as a hands-on (eyes on?) preview from GameSpot sister site CNET.
Harmonix is keeping busy with numerous projects. In addition to its Gear VR initiative, the Cambridge, Mass. studio will release twin-stick shoot 'em up A City Sleeps on October 16, which will be followed by Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox 360 and Xbox One later in the month. On top of those games, Harmonix is working on a new Amplitude title for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as a free-to-play PC shooter called Chroma. The company has also spoken briefly about its "grand plans" to revive the Rock Band series for current-generation consoles.
Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch