After Just Dance 2014 was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2013 press conference, we couldn’t wait to find out more about game’s next-gen features. Many of the game’s new modes were built with the next generation of consoles in mind – the World Dance Floor, new fitness additions, the evolution of Puppet Master Mode and even a Karaoke mode. Game Director Matthew Tomkinson has all the details on the next-gen thinking behind each one.
“We have a new fitness mode where the players are able to create their own playlist. We know this is really important to players. They told us they want to be able to customize the length of their program and choose which songs go in it. We also have plenty of Sweat versions – meaning fitness versions – of the songs that are 100 percent made for fitness.
“We also have a calorie counter that’s even better than before. You can activate it in any game mode you want and track your efforts throughout your whole Just Dance experience. For every song we calculate the average number of calories burned. Some of them are very high. If you want to burn calories you can burn a lot just by dancing to one song.”
“We are evolving the Puppet Master Mode into the Party Master Mode, available exclusively on the Wii U. Last year we introduced a new role for a fifth player who can sit comfortably on the couch and select the moves for the other dancers. You can select from all the previous Just Dance coaches and now you’ll be able to change the songs on the fly. It’s a little bit like being a DJ for Just Dance and you can change the music for players and surprise them.”
World Dance Floor
“We decided for Just Dance 2014 to change the engine. For us this was an opportunity for a great visual upgrade, not only technically but also artistically. Our songs and our backgrounds and our characters are much more advanced than previous Just Dance games. We also take advantage of all the social features available on next-gen consoles. We’re introducing the World Dance Floor. We will have everyone in the world playing Just Dance 2014 dancing to the same song at the same time. It’s like a huge flash mob. You vote for a song, everyone dances to it, you have worldwide leaderboards and you can see videos of all the players.
“We also have huge events like Girls vs. Boys. It’s all the boys of the world against all the girls of the world and we see who wins. It’s our own Team Deathmatch, but for a dance game. Every time you dance you have banners that appear so you can see the flags of the countries that are winning. When you meet someone on the dance floor you can see his or her flag. It will be just like traveling and meeting other Just Dance players from all over the world.”
Karaoke and Onstage Mode
“The game will be out on six different platforms and we are taking advantage of the microphones that are integrated either into the cameras or the Wii U gamepad. For the first time we are introducing Just Dance Karaoke. Now when you are dancing to a song you can also sing. The microphone will track you automatically and you’ll get scored for that. It’s really a full party experience in Just Dance 2014.
“Not only will you be able to sing to all the songs, but for a selection of songs we have what we’re calling the Onstage Mode. The Onstage Mode is about being able to step on stage and sing and dance at the same time. It’s like you’re Nicki Minaj and you’re doing a full performance. You are scored not only for your dancing but also for your singing.”
We here at the UbiBlog may have two left feet but we can’t wait to embarrass ourselves in front of our friends and families to songs like “Gentleman” by Psy and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” For more info on Just Dance 2014, be sure to check out our E3 2013 announcement post.