Today, Hasbro and Harmonix revealed DropMix, a music mixing game that features musical playing cards that play different beats when placed on an electronic board connected to a mobile app via bluetooth. The base pack features several different genres from rock to R&B. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and more popular artists are featured.
Each card also has an icon on the lower-right corner, indicating whether the beat will be strictly bass, beat, loop or vocals when placed on one of the five board slots. The cards have NFC chips inside, which is a technology used in smartphones with digital wallets.
You can use DropMix to create and share your own beats through social media, or you can play the versus mode that allows teams of two (1v1 or 2v2) to face off against each another in a musical battle. In the versus mode, whomever reaches the most points first wins, and you rack up points by having more of your team's cards on the board than the other.
DropMix releases this September. The base pack, which includes the game board, 60 playing cards with multiple genres, will be sold for $99.99. The DropMix app will be available for free on the iOS and Android store. In addition to the base pack, additional card packs will release through the course of 2017 so that players can create their own custom decks and mix and match new tunes. Expansion packs include the genre specific Playlist Packs that include 16 cards for $19.99, and Discover Packs which include five cards of several genres for $4.99. Hasbro and Harmonix plan to have 300 DropMix cards available by the end of 2017.
You can read our hands-on impressions from GDC here.