The producer of 2012’s Lumines: Electronic Symphony has revealed that the game was originally going to be based on the music of Daft Punk.
Speaking on Twitter following the news that the French electro-house duo have broken up, former Q Entertainment employee James Mielke said he had originally pitched the title Daft Punk Lumines to Ubisoft, with the plan being that all the music in the game would be provided by the group.
“Pitched it to Daft Punk, they were into it”, Mielke explained, adding that the game would have been played with a viewpoint from inside Daft Punk’s iconic pyramid-shaped DJ booth, with a live crowd that reacted to your combos.
Rather than using existing music, the plan was to have Daft Punk create an entirely new soundtrack for the game. However, the duo’s commitment to creating the Tron Legacy soundtrack for Disney meant the plan was scrapped.
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“They didn’t want to use old music, but were working on Tron Legacy at the time, and didn’t have time to make new music,” Mielke said.
The project wasn’t entirely abandoned, however: with Daft Punk out of the picture, the project instead became the fifth game in the Lumines series, the critically acclaimed PlayStation Vita title Lumines: Electronic Symphony.
Had the original proposal become a reality, it wouldn’t have been the first game to feature Daft Punk: the pair had already created mixes for Activision‘s 2009 game DJ Hero and were unlockable as playable characters.
Daft Punk announced on Monday that it was splitting up after 28 years, after a career that produced four studio albums, a movie soundtrack and six Grammy awards.