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Fantasia: Music Evolved won't support Twitch streaming, but will offer other sharing options

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Fantasia: Music Evolved, the motion-controlled music game inspired by the 1940 Disney film, won't support broadcasting via Twitch because of music licensing restrictions, developer Harmonix confirmed to Polygon today.

"We know that sharing with friends and streaming online is an exciting new feature of current-gen consoles, but there are some restrictions when dealing with licensed music," said a Harmonix representative in an email to Polygon. "We will be disabling Twitch streaming for the game, which is not uncommon for applications that might have restrictions on sharing licensed content like music, television or movies."

Fantasia: Music Evolved includes classical music like Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik as well as licensed modern hits such as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." In the game — which is in development on Xbox 360 and Xbox One — players use Kinect motion controls to blend, and switch between, genre-based remixes of songs.

"there are some restrictions when dealing with licensed music"

The Twitch app on Xbox One allows people to play games and livestream them to their Twitch channel, but publishers and developers can disable the functionality. This isn't unique to the console or the Twitch service. For example, clips shared to Facebook from the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K14 feature no sound, likely because the game's soundtrack consists entirely of licensed music.

Harmonix said that it is working on other ways to allow Fantasia: Music Evolved players to share their musical creations and gameplay clips.

"We do have plans in place to allow sharing of your unique versions of Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved's more than 30 licensed tracks, and we'll have more to say on that as we head towards our fall 2014 release," the spokesperson added.

For more on Fantasia: Music Evolved, check out our recent preview.