Are These Your New Dance Central 2 Features?

Richard Walker

Dance Central was our highest scoring Kinect launch title, bagging itself a highly respectable 88 for its funky, fun-filled grooviness. There was masses of room for improvement though, and with Dance Central bound for a sequel, what additions and improvements might Harmonix be bringing to the table for numero deux?

According to an early survey issued by publisher Microsoft Game Studios, there could well be a long list of new features potentially being readied for Dance Central 2, with possible improvements to the overall presentation, an online store, a bolstered soundtrack and set of game modes and much more a distinct possibility.

The set of proposed features would bring Dance Central 2 in line with Harmonix's far more exhaustive Rock Band franchise, which is bursting with all manner of features, customisation options and thousands of downloadable songs in its online store. It could be that Dance Central will follow suit, with features like a karaoke option enabling players to sing and online multiplayer via Xbox Live potentially in the offing for the follow-up.

Harmonix co-founder and CEO Alex Rigopulos has said that a new Dance Central has been in pre-production since November 2010, so this enormous list is by no means a definitive rundown of features for Dance Central 2. Think of this as more of a 'what could be' kind of thing, as none of this has been officially confirmed just yet. Don't let that stop you looking through the list though:

Custom Dances

  • Custom dance crafting - Lets you choose individual dance moves and string them together into custom choreographed sequences.

Break-it Down Improvements

  • Individual move practice - Lets you practice a single dance move from any routine that's causing you difficulty without having to practice the entire song.
  • Repeat recap sequences - Lets you replay recap sequences in Break It Down. That is, you can practice specific dance sequences repeatedly. You would still have to practice the entire song.
  • Individual recap sequences - Lets you practice specific dance sequences from any routine without having to practice the entire song.
  • Improved feedback - The game will provide more specific feedback on what EXACTLY the player is not doing correctly. This may include arrows, text, auditory instructions or other feedback so players know how to correct their dancing.
  • Performance comparison - Lets you see a side-by-side video playback of your performance and the dance character's performance so you can see how your performance of the dance moves differed from the dance character's performance.

Difficulty Settings

  • Easy song inclusion - Includes more songs that people new to Dance Central can play successfully.
  • Loose filters mode - Lets people flawlessly perform a move even if they are not perfectly accurate. This mode would be good for new players or at a party where greater participation is more important than mastering the moves.


  • On-screen lyrics - Lets you see the song lyrics on the TV while you're dancing.
  • Sing along - Lets people who are not dancing sing along to songs and score points for the person dancing.

Online Store

  • Dance Central Store - Lets you preview and purchase additional content including new songs, news dance moves, character outfits and other items from the Dance Central game.

Voice Interaction

  • Voice control - Lets you use the voice commands to navigate menus such as selecting songs, selecting song difficulty, etc. Voice control will be implemented in addition to current gesture controls.

Dancer Character Customization

  • Build your own dancer - Lets you build your own character by choosing body shapes and features. This is similar to creating your avatar.
  • Customize your dancer - Lets you customize characters currently in the game by changing items such as clothing, jewelry, etc.

Importing Songs

  • Song merging - Lets you easily import the songs from one version of Dance Central into another, so you don't have to switch between two discs.


  • Stop motion freestyle - Lets you see your freestyle played back in a series of photographs. This is how Dance Central currently shows freestyles.
  • Video freestyle - Lets you see your freestyle played back as a standard continuous video clip.
  • Non-photographic freestyle - Lets you see your freestyle played back as a silhouette or an other abstract version of yourself.
  • Copy-me freestyle - Lets you play a mini-game during the freestyle such as copying specific dance moves (like H-O-R-S-E for dancers)
  • Graphical freestyle - Lets you see your freestyle played back as abstract graphics or art work instead of any player representation.
  • No freestyle - Lets you continue dancing to choreographed dance moves without having to come up with your own dance moves.

Photo Sharing

  • Exporting pictures - Lets you export pictures taken during gameplay to your PC.
  • Exporting videos - Lets you export videos taken during gameplay to your PC.
  • Social Network picture sharing - Lets you export pictures taken during gameplay directly to social media networks such as Facebook.


  • Social network score sharing - Lets you post/share Dance Central scores through social media networks such as Facebook. You would also have the option to post an in-game photo of you or your character from when you earned that score.
  • In-game challenges - Lets you challenge your friends or the game can issue specific challenges to you. For example, challenge a friend for the highest score on a particular song or difficulty found within the game.
  • Downloadable content (DLC) challenges - Lets you challenge your friends or the game can issue specific challenges to you on content only available for purchase online.

Game Modes

  • Campaign mode - Follow a guided progression of dance challenges while working through the song list. Along the way you would earn rewards and unlock additional content (such as new characters, outfits, cinematics or songs)
  • Fitness mode - Lets you create customized workout playlists for continuous dancing (that is, without a break between songs). A calorie counter will also calculate calories burned within a song, playlist and across workouts.
  • Party mode - Lets you create customized party playlists for continuous music and dancing. This will include time between songs to allow players to switch. Additionally, achievements would not be scored during party mode.


  • 2 player - Lets you play with a friend side by side simultaneously. You play together in a co-op game or against each other in a head to head dance battle.
  • 2 player over Xbox Live Avatar - Lets you play online with a friend through Xbox Live. You and your friend will be able to see each other's Avatars performing the dance moves.
  • 2 player over Xbox Live Silhouettes - Lets you play online with a friend through Xbox Live. You and your friend will be able to see silhouettes of each other performing the dance moves.
  • Background dancing - Lets friends play behind the primary players as backup dancers. The performance of the backup dancers will help increase the number of points scored.

[Via Kotaku]

  • i have only just got the xbox back off the wife after DC1
  • I like the idea of playing friends over Xbox Live, but why only see silhouettes of people, why not actually them?? Sounds pretty lame!
  • Look forward to it
  • @2 silhouettes are good because you might be playing some naked dude
  • Importing Songs * Song merging - Lets you easily import the songs from one version of Dance Central into another, so you don't have to switch between two discs. That's cool. @4 It's like Chatroulette! =)
  • @ #4, point taken, lol.
  • Sounds like great improvements coming this way.
  • hopefully Ser pounce-a-lot will also return!
  • I love the first game. Looking forward to the second if all of these features are included.
  • My wife can't wait for sequel!
  • I think silhouettes are fine but should be an option for friends. Unless items a problem with the video streaming. I'd think it'd be easier to show video instead of rendering a blob. Moar kinect games plzkthx.
  • I'll certainly get it!
  • i like the character creator. the reason i didnt like first one was because the characters felt like rejects from the jersey shore.
  • @11 I agree. Atleast give users the option to be able to see each other. If it affects the frame rates and all forget it but it should be an option. A lot of these ideas sound good tho.
  • i love all the ideas i just got ddance central 1 and cant stop playing if they add these features and some more songs that would be AMAZING
  • Two words: Yes, please.
  • I hope that most of them, except the lyrics, will be in the game. Can't wait! Love the idea of custom character, too.
  • All great ideas..if they did this for the sequel it would be kinects best game yet...
  • The customization and break-it-down improvements and feedback would sell me. Forget Facebook, though. And yes, please, to more customization!
  • I can't wait, this is a definite first day buy for me!
  • Cool! Something tells me that by the time I can afford Kinect there will be DC3 and then I will have the whole package^^
  • All that sounds like amazing improves to DC.
  • Wish the online play was real
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