Yesterday the world of pop culture was shaken the announcement that came out of nowhere about the separation of the mythical group Daft punk. The end of a successful 28-year career with a total of four albums and dozens of hits. Of course, the internet has continued to pay tribute to the legendary duo, and many little anecdotes have surfaced around the world. Including a nice story about a collaboration between Ubisoft and Daft Punk. The idea was to create a music game that would not ultimately see the light of day.
Lumines from Daft Punk
The anecdote dates from the mid-2000s when James Mielke, a former developer at Q Intertainment, was working on a music game with Ubisoft. The latter proposed the project to the French publisher, which accepted it.
– James’ Human, Mielke (@LimitedRunJames) February 22, 2021
(The End of Daft Punk) reminds me of the time I introduced the game Daft Punk Lumines to Ubisoft, which gave me the green light. I then introduced the project to Daft Punk and they were interested. However, they didn’t want to use their old productions. And since they were working on the music for Tron: Legacy, they didn’t have time to create new tracks. The track would have taken place in their DJ booth, which would have been pyramid-shaped, and the level of public excitement would have been linked to the quality of the combos performed. (…)
The project will not see the light of day due to a poor match between the schedules. Lumines will ultimately be a collaboration between Q Intertainment and Bandai Namco. The game will finally be released in December 2004 in Japan, in March and September 2005 in the US and Europe.
This is a rhythm game halfway between Tetris and Columns. The idea was to offer new music from Daft Punk with a pyramid shaped table to commemorate their mythical scene throughout their lives. Lumines are still very well received by the press and players at this point, but we wouldn’t have turned down a special edition with the French duo!
Just one day after the announcement of their split, the video “Epilog” garnered more than 14 million views and soon 1 million likes. Fans are hoping for a publicity stunt to announce a final album before turning the page.