One of GameLuv’s evergreen topics is Kpop in video games, be it Katy’s plea to the makers of Dance Central or my post on K-Pop Dance Festival. So it feels like it’s our due diligence to bring you the latest news from the K-Pop-in-a-Western-dance-game front. Naturally, it’s Just Dance from Ubisoft who made quite the reveal at their E3 press conference in early June
In typical form, the latest iteration in the series, Just Dance 2018, was revealed through a choreographed, multi-genre song-and-dance number on Ubisoft’s stage. The presentation revealed the first of the game’s new songs including Jamiroquai’s “Automaton”, Bebe Rexha’s “The Way I Are”, and surprisingly, Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop!”. Just Dance K-Pop it isn’t, but it’s another step closer I suppose. One other noteworthy addition for fans of international music is the inclusion of “Love Ward” from Hatsune Miku. Err, Just Dance J-Pop it isn’t…
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During E3 the official press release went out confirming a few more songs for the game with the promise of more reveals leading up to its release on October 26th. Just Dance 2018 will be out on pretty much everything: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3; even the original Wii is getting the game! That’s a new game with 2018 in the title releasing for a console that debuted in 2006! That has to be a record (or close to it) for the latest official release for a console.
Anyways, check out the press release and announced tracklist for Just Dance 2018 down below and watch the E3 presentation above. If the embed code stops working it starts at the 1:44:30 mark. You can also watch clips of “Bubble Pop!” and “Love Ward” in the game along with several others on the official game site.
Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft® announced that Just Dance® 2018, the newest installment of the best-selling* music game franchise of all time, will be available October 24, 2017 in North America, October 26 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa). At Ubisoft’s press conference, Warner Bros. Records recording artist and featured Just Dance 2018 songlist artist Bebe Rexha performed her latest single “The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody),” a track among the first to be revealed for Just Dance 2018.
Just Dance 2018 offers a fresh and diverse tracklist with more than 40 new songs, and access to over 300 more through Just Dance® Unlimited, the dance-on-demand streaming service**. Songs range from Billboard top hits like Ariana Grande Ft. Nicki Minaj’s “Side to Side” and Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” to the best oldies like “Daddy Cool” to K-pop favorites like HyunA’s “Bubble Pop.”
The first tracks revealed at E3 include:
- Rockabye – Clean Bandit Ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
- 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
- Side To Side – Ariana Grande Ft. Nicki Minaj
- Chantaje – Shakira Ft. Maluma
- Naughty Girl – Beyoncé
- The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) – Bebe Rexha Ft. Lil Wayne
- Automaton – Jamiroquai
- Bubble Pop! – HyunA
- Love Ward – Hatsune Miku
- Make it Jingle – Big Freedia
- Daddy Cool – Groove Century
- …and many more!
More accessible than ever, Just Dance 2018 can be played on Nintendo Switch™ system, with up to six players at the same time using a Joy-Con™ controller or by using the Just Dance Controller app (which turns your smartphone into a controller). For the first time, Just Dance 2018 will use the HD rumble technology to develop interesting Double Rumble choreographies based on this vibration system, which makes the overall Just Dance experience even more immersive. And with the new interface, browsing the game has never been so easy, so players are only a couple clicks away from dancing!
“Since the launch of the franchise we committed ourselves to offering the most accessible Just Dance experience to get the whole world dancing,” said Marine de La Seiglière, Executive Producer. “We’re proud of this new version of Just Dance that fits with the diversity of our players’ preferences today and gives them the opportunity to dance the way they like, anywhere and at anytime, whether they are a party starter, a young dancer in the making or a pro dancer looking for new challenges.”
A passionate community of 120 million players around the world is also ready to start the party with the return of World Dance Floor, the world’s best online multiplayer dance floor, bringing even more challenges in co-op or competition. The youngest players will also have their own Kids section, integrating 8 new choreographies developed with the help of kids’ experts to encourage healthy movement.
The Just Dance Unlimited streaming service is now better than ever with more fresh content planned throughout the year, including more than 300 songs available at the launch of Just Dance 2018. A three-month trial of Just Dance Unlimited is included in every copy of Just Dance 2018**. The Just Dance Controller App also makes the game more accessible for current-gen owners with its phone scoring technology that allows players to dance without additional accessories like cameras.
Just Dance 2018 will be available on all motion-control gaming platforms, including Nintendo Switch™, Wii U™, Wii™, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.