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ABBA: You Can Dance developer Q&A

Ubisoft’s just sent through a nice little Q&A article featuring top ABBA questions bundled with answers from the development team.

How did the idea for a dancing game about ABBA come about?

Just Dance and ABBA are both all about uniting people through their varied styles of music. It’s fun and you can’t help but dance when the games start. When we heard that there was an opportunity to create a new game with ABBA, we jumped at the chance to work with one of the most iconic pop groups ever.

What are the new features? What makes ABBA You Can Dance different from other dancing titles?

ABBA You Can Dance brings all the fun you’ve come to expect from a Ubisoft dance title and more. We’re most excited about our new Mini-Musical Mode. You’ll perform as one of four characters through a story using ABBA’s songs, set in the American 50s/60s. It’s like playing through an actual musical.

How do you freshen up a 30-year old band to make them feel current and modern?

ABBA is truly timeless – people of all ages dance to the songs and have a great time with ABBA. Along with other tracks, it’s nearly a guarantee to hear Dancing Queen at any wedding or prom celebration.

Technically speaking, the choreography and visuals are key to making any song feel modern.  What makes ABBA You Can Dance unique is that every map is an artistic creation.  The art direction, music choice and choreography work together to bring a fresh new look and feel to every song. Each map and costume is designed to recreate ABBA’s universe, what the band stands for and the energy that the particular song is evoking. ABBA You Can Dance is both a tribute to the band and guaranteed fun for all.

What audience are you targeting?

Anyone who loves to dance and have fun! ABBA You Can Dance is the perfect game to play on your own, at a party with friends, with family sharing a laugh together, or with anyone willing to have fun dancing to timeless tracks. We have also spent a lot of time creating special bonuses and a real authentic feel to the game in order to please the aspiring musical stars out there.

How did you manage to develop a game that will please ABBA’s fans?

We made sure to honor ABBA’s legacy by providing fans with exclusive content, videos, trivia, tributes and more. ABBA’s fans are sure to love it.

ABBA: You Can Dance will be available for Nintendo Wii and hits stores 15 November 2011

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