It has been a tough year for the Kinect, but Microsoft’s public vote of no confidence in the peripheral isn’t going to stop Harmonix from hosting its patented brand of motion-controlled parties with Dance Central Spotlight, the developer’s next major project that was announced at E3.
The latest in a series of rhythmic music games, Dance Central Spotlight will be the first of its kind to be released exclusively on Xbox Live as a downloadable title. Purchasing the game from Microsoft’s digital storefront will grant players access to what is being called the core experience: 10 hit songs, all of which feature eight choreographed routines for one or two players to attempt – and, in my case, fail – to replicate. The base product will be able to be expounded upon through new music that will be released on a weekly basis.
The following songs will be included as a part of the core experience, with the rest of the soundtrack being announced at a later date:
- Wake Me Up by Avicii
- Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
- Show Me by Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown
- Counting Stars by OneRepublic
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
Dance Central Spotlight will also sport key new features that seek to hone the average player’s craft to resemble more than just spastic flailing. A new practice mode, Practice That, can be activated in the middle of a song to provide more focused dance instruction. This will be included alongside of an improved fitness mode featuring routines tailored to improving players’ strength and cardio.
Dance Central Spotlight will launch exclusively as a digital download for the Xbox One this fall.