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Just Dance 2014 gets MMO mode, will be PS4, Xbox One launch title

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The next installment in Ubisoft's Just Dance franchise, Just Dance 2014, will be a launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 and will include a competitive online feature styled like a massively multiplayer online game, Ubisoft told Polygon.

Ubisoft's Theodor Diea confirmed the company is currently working with Sony to mesh Just Dance 2014 into the console's interface to create a seamless experience.

The game will launch with 40 tracks and Auto Dance videos, short recorded clips of players' routines, can be directly uploaded to Facebook, Twitter and Ubisoft's dedicated Just Dance channel.

Just Dance 2014 will include the Classic free-dance mode present in previous versions of the game, as well as a new Pasty Master mode on Wii U that is an updated version of the Puppet Master mode, which debuted with the Wii U version of Just Dance 4. In this mode, one player uses the Wii U GamePad while four others stick with WiiMotes. The GamePad player can change the dance floor rules at a whim, as well as select moves for players to execute and even switch up the song on them.

Several different new modes have also been added to Just Dance 2014, including one that allows you to dance against "ghosts" of your friends' gameplay, much the way you would do in a racing game. On Stage mode provides routines for one star performer dancing in the foreground with two backup dancers.

Diea calls the new World Dance Floor feature a "massively multiplayer online dance game," in which players worldwide compete for the top slot in online leaderboards. Players around the globe will dance to the same global playlist, and can upload and view one another's AutoDance clips.

Just Dance 2014 will also support karaoke on all consoles with a built-in microphone. Players won't be docked points for singing poorly, but hitting the right notes will earn bonus mojo points that will help drive up an individual dancer's score. The feature will not be included in the Wii version because it requires players to purchase a separate microphone, although Diea said Ubisoft is looking into solutions.

"We have never invested so heavily in features [for a Just Dance game], ever," he said.

Just Dance 2014 is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Wii this October. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will launch at a later date.

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