Promote Real Music in BigFest on PS Vita

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Promote Real Music in BigFest on PS Vita

Revealed at Gamescom 2013 for PS Vita, BigFest is about building your own festival that will promote real, unsigned bands. Players will go on a journey with the bands with the goal of building their own thriving festival and becoming the most successful promoter in the world.

Do you have what it takes to discover the next big thing, and take them to the top of the charts?

Before you take a band to the top, you’ll need to give them a platform, and that means building the best festival you can. Starting with a small stage in a field, it’s up to the player to build their festival their way. Choose the basics from shops and stalls to earn money and use that money to enhance your festival by installing the right speakers, lights and video screens, increasing the “vibe” as you go.

The levels themselves are run as Festival “Posters,” with headliners and support acts. Some Posters will let you play whatever music you want while others will have specific needs to succeed. Visitors to a rock festival will have different needs to those at a dance festival, so it’s up to you to keep everyone happy.

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Once the platform is set, it’s all about the music! Create your soundtrack to the game by breaking real bands from the real world. Discover artists to create your own playlist from a library of thousands of songs which will dynamically change and grow as new bands enter the game.

If that wasn’t enough, your friends can be there to share the journey. Visit each other’s festivals and choose to be a good friend, or for the more competitive player, a bit naughty. For example, boost each other’s festivals by gifting a must-have rock statue or repairing a broken toilet. Alternatively, simply cause chaos by destroying a friend’s video screen or even their stage.

Together, build the stars of tomorrow by favoriting bands, sharing playlists, and voting for songs. We look forward to showing you more in the future, and hope you’ll be as excited as we are about bringing real music and gaming together.

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  • Finally some news! Looking forward to this.

  • This is going to be a great way to discover music.

    • Elvick, I love seeing you on here! Thanks for the nice comments – I’ve discovered all sorts of new bands just by playing so far, so I can personally attest to this!

  • Haha, I don’t listen to the radio- a meta music game? Let’s try it! (8

  • damn it I can’t wait to have this game. when is the release? I love to use this to promote my band. we’re almost done with our 1st album.

    • We’re working hard to bring it to you as soon as possible – look forward to playing it later in 2014!

  • How would a musician go about getting ones music featured on there….I would love to be a part of this!

    • We’re going to be partnering with Jamendo to bring players a wide variety of tracks from unsigned artists – I’d start with trying to get your music on there! (http://www.jamendo.com/en/welcome)

      We’ll have a lot more details for you in the future, so stay tuned!

  • Such a great idea, will stay tuned =3

  • I love the concept of this. As a music lover and Vita owner this definitely has my attention.

    • Thanks very much! We promise you’ll have a great time and discover lots of new music by playing, so please look forward to it!

  • This looks fantastic. It seems like a nice reiteration of the sim genre which is so much fun. I think the Vita is a great platform for it too. Release date please!!

    • We’re working hard to bring it to you this year – promise we’ll have more info for you soon! Thanks for the kind words!

  • Nice concept and I have always been a little interested in the game since its announcement. I’d like to know more, so I’ll be looking forward to more info soon! :)

    • Thanks G-Force – we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to SCEA as well, so we really hope you enjoy it! Watch this space for new info! :)

  • Sup with some news of release? No new info here really, some new screenies? Please? xD

  • Any chance of Industrial / Dark Electro bands in this? Or will it just be mainstream “Osheaga” style lineups?

    • You’ll see a very large variety of different genres represented – there’s definitely something there for everyone. Look forward to showing you more!

  • Is the music censored?

  • Its been a while since I was so hyped for a music game. Can’t wait to try this one out.

  • It’s like my mind was read. I was looking up information on this game a week or two ago as it had gone silent since Gamescom. Love the idea. Can’t wait to play it.

  • As a huge fan of music and new artists, and video games, I can’t wait for this game. It’s really exciting to me to discover new artists. I remember seeing this from Gamescom 2013 and thinking “That’s cool!”. Plus I liked the trailer song so much I went and bought it lol (Eliza and the Bear – Friends).

    • I love the enthusiasm – thank you very much MaDogNik!

      Your experience with Eliza and the Bear is exactly what we’re going for with Big Fest – we want people to have a great time while also discovering great music!

      We’ll do our best to bring you more detailed information soon, so stay tuned!

  • I’ve been looking forward to this game since the original annoucment. The last few weeks, I’ve been thinking this game was canceled

    • Not a chance! Just waiting for a good opportunity to share the news! :)
      Thanks for the kind words!

  • Looking forward to creating the ultimate EDM/Trap music fest!

    • That’s the spirit, DonArmageddon! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in Big Fest!

  • Looks great Nick, will it be linked to Music Unlimited in any way? Would be cool to see Featured Playlists on there from Big Fest :-)

    • Hey groupama3! At the moment we don’t have anything to announce regarding Music Unlimited, but that could always change! Watch this space!

  • awesome. I have a lot of friends that play. And this is an awesome idea!!!!

  • yael_Pretige123

    this game going to be free or we have to pay?

  • Wow, so refreshing! Sorry for port begging but would also love this on PS4!

  • I LOVE YOU! <3

  • Looks very interesting.

  • CommandingTiger

    When is it coming out?
    I’ve been waiting forever for this.

    • BigFest will be out later in 2014! A little too early to give you a precise date, but please stay tuned!

  • I’d never heard of this game before. It sounds interesting, though. I’ll have to check it out, I really enjoy sim games.

    • Thank you Kai – I think you’d find it right up your alley! Discovering new music is such a great bonus when you’re having fun within the managerial aspects of running your festival. Thanks for the kind words!

  • I like the originality that I know the PS Vita is capable of great experiences on the platform. I am glad to have purchased a PS Vita this game looks like spectacular experience I can’t wait to play!!!!!!!!!!

  • I Like! Very nice, one request, just in case you guys are considering Free To Play, pleaaaaaaase be fair. No Heroes Allowed, No Puzzles Either did it totally wrong, would hate a good looking game like this to be destroyed by free to play barriers.
    But hey, don’t even know if that’s what you are trying to do. Anyways good luck to you guys! Hope you knock it out of the park with this one!

    • It is indeed free-to-play, but I promise we won’t let any purchases get in the way of giving you a complete, fair experience. The game’s really about having a great time while you discover new bands – we won’t do anything to hamper that. :)

  • I have been waiting to hear about this game for some time! Glad to hear some news. I can’t wait to play it!

  • this is such a cool idea. thanks so much for the much anticipated update!!! cant wait for the release.

    • Thanks veryhoudini! (Love your PSN name!)
      We’ll be sure to bring more news to you soon, so please look forward to it!

  • I”m excited to try it as a gamer, and as an indie music artist (the making of the making of) I’ll be uploading a few of my more popular tracks to Jamendo to see what extra exposure I can get.

    All my released songs to date are on Sony Music Unlimited — will the game allow players to “bookmark” songs for later listening in Music Unlimited?

  • Another question, will the audio quality of the songs be pretty high? Spotify’s streaming quality is 320kbps Ogg, and Music Unlimited is 320kbps AAC — I hope this downloadable title’s audio quality at least matches the streaming audio quality.

    • Sounds great plaztiksyke! I hope we get to hear your music in the game!

      There’s nothing we can really announce regarding Music Unlimited, but I’ll be sure to share your feedback about “bookmarking” songs with the team!

      I’ll also have to get back to you on the audio quality specifics. All I know right now is that the game sounds pretty amazing with a nice set of headphones!

  • Thanks Nick.

    Please keep us posted; looks very interesting !

  • I’ve been looking forward to this game, glad to hear it being talked about on the blog! Someone asked about it in the forum here the other day, I had been looking for information, then the next day, here’s a blog post!

    Eager to hear more in the coming months!

  • How do you go about getting someone’s music into the game? For instance I have a friend who’s performing local shows and would live to be able to use his music at my festival.

  • I remember when this was announced I was so excited and intrigued, I’m glad to hear about it again. It’s mixes my love for music with my love for my vita :)!

  • Can’t wait to create my own EDC festival! :P

  • Cool! I’d have placed bets this was going to be a Europe only release. i.e. I assumed from the announcement that it was a partnership with some European media company.

  • @ima_hustla_19

    They covered the website they’re partnering with to bring the music to this game in the response to post #5.

  • I actually had no plans on owning a Vita until I saw this game announcement.
    Any ideia when we can expect a release date?

  • I welcome a SIM game made for our beloved handheld and when it comes to involving music, things get magically addictive! In other words, I presume this game will guarantee HOURS of fun, not to mention the multiplayer feature is always there to welcome the friends and the ‘friends’. I will support your game because it’s something new, supports multiplayer and (mainly) because it’s made for the PlayStation Vita! BTW will it support NEAR? Also, do you guys plan on adding DLCs or add-ons such as Avatars and maybe a Vita Theme? Please tell me so, be a nice guy :-P

    I’m looking forward to hearing more from this game! YES!

  • Very curious, how can a band or artist have their music featured in the game? Is there a point of contact where we may be able to submit bands/songs for the game? Thank you, and know I greatly look forward to this title.

  • This is what music games should of been like from the beginning.

  • is it free

  • Looks fun…….., for about five minutes.

    If it were better made, it might have caught my interest.

    I will do some review searching after release to see if I was wrong.

    The Vita is not a mobile device, keep this up, and I will just switch to a phone.

  • Guess what I meant to say was a mobile phone.

    Portable gaming, not Iphone.

  • I’m a musician and composer. I would love to be a part of this!! I cant wait!!

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