Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix has today announced their newest title in development, first-person music shooter Chroma. The multiplayer class-based arena gunner for PC is being co-developed with Hidden Path, known well for Defense Grid and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
"Chroma has been a dream project of mine for some time," said Harmonix co-founder and CEO Alex Rigopulos. "Watching the teams at Harmonix and Hidden Path begin to bring this vision to life has been tremendously exciting. We're also thrilled to release an alpha version of this game and to evolve it in collaboration with our players. We can't wait to hear what people think of this new approach to both first-person shooters and music games."
Features include shifting terrain on major musical moments, unleashing torrents of deadly music at your enemies and banding together for unique music gameplay mechanics and perks. Harmonix also believes that while the game will be free-to-play, it won't be offering any "pay-to-win" options, "smartly designed to preserve a fun and fair experience for all players."
"Truly new experiences in video games are very rare," says Mark Terrano, Chief Creative Officer/Founder of Hidden Path Entertainment. "At Hidden Path Entertainment we were delighted to help Harmonix realize their dream of a musical shooter, and are looking forward to the next step – seeing it continue to evolve with the energy, input and creativity from the game community!"
The game is currently taking applications
for Closed Alpha, and is expected to launch sometime in 2014. Check out the reveal trailer below.