Sony have released a new trailer for the crowdfunded reboot of rhythm and music game, Amplitude, which will be coming later this year. The video, featured above, demonstrates what players can expect from the new Amplitude—including co-op competitive play.
On the Playstation Blog, the Creative Lead on Amplitude, Ryan Lesser, explained why they added this new gameplay mode:
While we were focusing on the gameplay for Amplitude multiplayer, I started posing a question to the team: What can we do to even the playing field when pro players sit on the couch to play against new players? […]
Team play is something we’d never done in Amplitude before, and allowing players to team up 2v2 or even 3v1 sounded like an amazing way to even the playing field without disrupting the current design. We decided to give it a shot, and after some iteration and tweaking, we are proud to say that it’s already super fun.
[We are trying to balance] the gameplay carefully between casual and hardcore. We want to create a game that can be super fun in a party situation, while also being tight and sharp in a way that could potentially even appeal to the competitive gaming community. I think that we’re on the right track now that we have both the classic Free-For-All Multiplayer mode and the new Team Play mode.
The Amplitude reboot had been set to release in March, but has since been delayed until some time this summer. It will be exclusive to PS4 and PS3 consoles, perhaps indefinitely, since Sony still owns the game’s concepts.
We spoke about the reboot with Harmonix’s Nick Chester a while ago. You can read that interview here.