We here at The Mommy Gamers are totally stoked about Harmonix’s recent announcement of Chroma, a free-to-play, music-driven, multiplayer shooter for PCs. The company known for Dance Central and the Rock Band games is throwing its hat into the first-person shooter ring, and is currently taking applications for a closed alpha test set to open within the month.
Harmonix has partnered with Hidden Path Entertainment (which created Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Defense Grid: The Awakening) to develop the game, which will be powered by the Unreal engine. Joystiq.com reports that the game is being developed on Valve’s Steam Early Access and should be publicly playable by this fall.
According to a press release put out by Harmonix, the game features music-driven FPS gameplay, in which the music matters and the game’s soundtrack is tied directly to combat, traversal, and other shooter mechanics. Music makes up a player’s arsenal, and gamers will be able to choose a weapon load-out that reflects their own musical and personal styles – whether that means pounding bass, metal guitar riffs or poppy synth. Multiple character classes are available, as well as “change ups” at major musical moments that will alter the landscape in real-time. Harmonix claims that though the game will be free-to-play, it’ll be done in a deeply customizable, intelligent way so gamers won’t be frustrated by the unfairness of it all.
The official word is that Chroma will be available on PC and via Steam “in 2014,” which covers a rather large time frame. To apply for Chroma’s alpha, visit PlayChroma.com. For additional information, visit ChromaGame.com. A Kotaku.com writer recently played an early version and offers a more in-depth look at the title here. And now, the announcement trailer: