Harmonix, Rock Band creators, are making an epic musical card game

Yolanda Curtis
March 11, 2017

"Dropmix offers an entirely new way to discover, experience and interact with music that's social, fun and competitive", Steve Janiak, CEO of Harmonix, said in the release. Fans of tabletops, high-tech hardware, and music influenced games will thoroughly enjoy this physical/digital mashup style of gameplay where players create unique mixes by playing cards on a game board through a mobile app.

"There's a lot of depth and strategy to Clash Mode, but the core idea is that you earn points by playing cards and it's a race to 21", Harmonix explained.

Debuting globally this September, Dropmix is a collaboration of Harmonix, maker of Rock Band and Dance Central, and toy maker Hasbro. "Dropmix gives players a fresh way to combine their favorite artists and songs, find new ones, and create their best "drop the mic" moments". Here's how it works: you pick up to five cards, all of which contain different elements of a song (the article cites Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" vocals and a bassline from a Tribe Called Quest track).

DropMix, a party game built around collectible NFC cards, a plastic base, and your phone/tablet. When a card is placed on a Mix Slot, the specific piece of music from it begins to play.

Dropmix will arrive in September with 60 cards across multiple musical genres priced at $99.99. Up to five cards can be read at a time, and the app's software mixes the music accordingly. Additional deckbuilding Cards will be regularly released to retailers by Hasbro, so you won't be limited to just those cards. Later in the year, "booster packs" will be made available - 16 cards for $15 and 5 cards for $5. Three hundred Dropmix cards will be available in 2017.

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