Harmonix offered a glimpse of their upcoming D.J. game "Fuser," but it was focused on the basics. The demo showed how players can mix music and blend tunes by hitting the downbeat. It covered how levels were scored and showed off the technology, which had roots in the developer's lesser-known project "DropMix."
The second look at "Fuser" focused on the advanced techniques from the later stages, social media components and a collaborative multiplayer. With the advanced stages, players meet D.J. Faint Shadow from Mexico City. Unlike other mentors, Shadow's style is more measured and focuses on downtempo trance mixes.
In many ways, "Fuser" will teach players about the different D.J. styles. Harmonix developers say it was a way to insert musical craft in the level design, but it won't teach players musical theory. Instead, it will give them a better appreciation for the genre.
The demo also shows how players can add more effects to each track or layer a filter atop the whole song. On top of that, they mute some tracks or push one to the forefront as a solo or from different risers to blend tunes together.
Those advanced elements are especially helpful in the collaborative multiplayer. That mode supports up to four players making music and eight spectators. That fourth position can rotate among the crowd.
Players bring their own crate of 24 songs. They can make a mix and hand it over to the next person. Although it's supposed to be collaborative, the level of cooperation can vary. A D.J. can make it easy for the next person by playing some neutral beats before the handoff while another player can stick with their music until the last second, forcing the next mixer to adapt.
When it comes to the audience, they can call out requests for genres or decades of music. The spectators can also throw out Rhythmojis. It's a visual way to show the mixer that the crowd appreciates the sound. It kind of looks like the hearts that spring up during a Periscope or Facebook Live video.
If players or the crowd enjoy a specific tune, they can take a Snapshot. This captures a few bars and marks down the exact albums and conditions so that players can analyze why the the mix sounded so good and they can replicate or riff of that. In addition, they can also capture clips using the console or PC's own software and share it on social media.
"Fuser" is scheduled to come out Nov. 10 on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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