So according to 1up.com, Dave Perry, the founder of the Shiny Entertainment (which was recently acquired by Foundation 9 Entertainment), has a new game that he's developing in conjunction with the recently revived massive multiplayer online-centric Acclaim. The game? DANCE!
The game will be an online massive multiplayer dance game where you'll create your avatar and dance to all sorts of music. Interestingly enough, rather than charging monthly for this, the game will be free and be supported by in-game advertising and micro-transactions for new player clothing and customization options.
I could certainly see this taking off given the popularity of Dance Dance Revolution (assuming it plays relatively the same way). I mean, how many MMO dance games are there out there? It seems like a really good way to capture a untapped player base. We definitely need more MMOs that are going broaden the market because most of them seem to end up being level grind fests (not there is anything wrong with that...) and variety would spice things up in the market. If this is a success, it might open people to the idea of taking bigger risks on unconventional MMOG designs. To get your groove on as soon as possible, you need to create a free Acclaim account and sign up for the closed beta here.
Are you ready to DANCE! ? Would you pay to customize your avatar in an otherwise free game?
This sounds exactly like Audition to me.
You might be onto something Sciere - DANCE! could be the US version of Audition or it could just be a knock off... DANCE! did seem to kinda come out of nowhere, so it wouldn't surprise me...