Harmonix developing Chroma, a free-to-play musical FPS

Harmonix, the developer behind Rock Band and Dance Central, has announced their new project: Chroma.

Chroma is a free-to-play first-person multiplayer shooter for PC. Interesting, it will be all about using music as a weapon. Here's the trailer:

Given Harmonix's background, it's not surprising that their new game involves music...but the F2P first-person shooter part? That's new territory for them!

Indeed, to help them with the shooter aspects of the game, Harmonix is teaming up with Hidden Path Entertainment, who developed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. John Drake, Harmonix's director of publishing and PR, had this to say: "We know music, we know game mechanics, we know our player base, and we know what feels good in terms of sound. But we also know we shouldn't build a shooter from the ground up by ourselves, because that would be a very cocky move."

Drake added: "We want to make sure that shooter players can come in, even if they're not musical, and actually play the game pretty much right away and feel good about it. And we want to make sure that music fans who aren't hardcore shooter players have an access point to come and be 'beat heads' who are really good at the game in a different way. The past couple months has been about finding the sweet spot between those two different things."

The game will have a beta sometime later this year. You can apply to get into it early at the game's website.