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Keep holding those lighters aloft, Harmonix has officially announced that the Rock Band franchise will play an encore on the PS4 and Xbox One sometime this year. The developer will partner with Mad Catz to produce an all-new range of plastic instruments for Rock Band 4, though Harmonix wants your old controllers to work with the new game. Not only that, but many of the downloadable tracks you’ve accumulated over the years (more than 2,000 in total) will work with Rock Band 4 as well. Harmonix is currently hard at work finalizing which tracks will be forward compatible for Rock Band 4, but rest assured, the game will have an extensive soundtrack of new songs as well.
“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends,” said Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak. “Focusing on the core experience that our fans have told us they love allows us to evolve established gameplay in meaningful ways that we can’t wait to share with everyone later this year.”
To get long-time Rock Band fans ready to rock once more, Harmonix has added Frank Turner’s “I Still Believe” to the Rock Band Music Store today as a free download for Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz. And if you’re attending this weekend’s PAX East expo, you can pre-order an exclusive Penny Arcade-themed guitar in person at Harmonix’s booth (#4224).
Bloomberg‘s Danielle Burger is reporting that “a person familiar with the plan” has revealed to her that Rock Band 4 is in development for the PS4 and Xbox One at Harmonix.
This insider chose not to divulge any additional information about the project to Burger, but even though this is all we have to go on, Rock Band’s PS4/Xbox One debut feels less like a rumor and more like an inevitability. Harmonix dropped the curtain on the franchise in 2012 with Rock Band Blitz, but they’ve always seemed interested in a reunion tour on the new-gen consoles.
In recent weeks, Harmonix has even begun releasing new DLC tracks for Blitz and Rock Band 3. A trio of songs were added to the Rock Band Music Store last month and two more, Tenacious D’s “Rize Of The Fenix” and Weezer’s “Back To The Shack,” have been available since Tuesday.
You know, both of those songs seem to hint at a rebirth of sorts, don’t they? Maybe this is Harmonix’s take on the musical tradition of backmasking.
Harmonix closed the curtain on updates to the Rock Band Music Store in 2013, fittingly, with Don Mclean’s “American Pie.” But today, the famed developer announced that they drove their Chevy to the levy and discovered that it wasn’t dry. These three songs will be added to the store on January 13 (hey, that’s tomorrow):
- Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”
- Avenged Sevenfold – “Shepherd Of Fire”
- Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”
All three songs will be available to download for $1.99 apiece through the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store for Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz. Even though Harmonix stopped updating the Rock Band Music Store, it never really went away as more than 3,500 songs are currently available to expand your Rock Band experience.
After 281 weekly updates, Harmonix has released the final new addition to the Rock Band Music Store, Don Mclean’s “American Pie.” Like most Rock Band 3 tracks, the song has been priced at $1.99 on the PlayStation Network, 160 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and 200 Wii Points on the Wii Shop.
To put an exclamation point on the five years (and over 4,000 songs) that went into building the Rock Band Music Store, Harmonix has created a short video titled, “The Story of Rock Band,” which you can view above.
We were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing…
This’ll be the day that I die
After a 275-week encore, Harmonix has announced that they will discontinue weekly DLC releases for Rock Band 3 on April 2. But don’t worry Rock Band fans, there will still be plenty of new songs released between now and then:
While there is no content currently scheduled beyond April 2nd, we still have DLC releases lined up for the next few weeks, including the remaining tracks from Rock Band Blitz, several Pro Guitar upgrades, and a handful of artists who have not yet appeared in Rock Band.
Since the first track packs were made available to download on November 20, 2007, Harmonix has released over 4,000 songs through the Rock Band Music Store. Without weekly DLC to keep them busy, the team at Harmonix has announced they’ll be moving on to the multiple new titles they have in development.
Long-time fans of the Rock Band franchise are well aware that the Foo Fighters are one of the most prolific bands in the game – there’s well over twenty of their songs available in the Rock Band store. That number is set to increase this coming Tuesday, as the Foo Fighters are bringing four new tracks to Rock Band 3. That’s not all, however, as hip-hop legends Run-DMC make their Rock Band debut. Previously, they were only available in 2008’s Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Anyway, here’s what’s on tap for Tuesday, May 10th:
- Foo Fighters – “Long Road to Ruin”
- Foo Fighters – “Rope” X
- Foo Fighters – “Stacked Actors”
- Foo Fighters – “Walk”
- Lordi – “Hard Rock Hallelujah”
- Run-DMC – “King of Rock”
“King of Rock” is an amazing pick, though hopefully this leads to their “Walk This Way” collaboration with Aerosmith. Otherwise, my only disappointment is the inclusion of just one track from the great new Foo Fighters album “Wasting Light” – hopefully more will appear in the future… like, you know, the entire album. In addition to the all-new tracks, there’s two previously available Foo Fighters songs being enhanced for Pro Guitar:
• Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
• Foo Fighters – “The Pretender”
As always, each song will retail for 160 Microsoft Points, 200 Wii Points, or $1.99 on PlayStation Network… though as I said last week, the availability on PS3 depends on whenever PSN is up and running again. The two “legacy” updates for the older Foo Fighters tracks will set you back half the cost of a full song, as will the Pro Guitar upgrade for “Rope.”
Tune in next week for another run down of Rock Band 3 goodness!
It’s Friday, and that means the fine folks at Harmonix have announced the next batch of songs for Rock Band 3. Six new tracks are on the way, from a variety of music sources:
- Culture Club – “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”
- Faith No More – “From Out of Nowhere”
- Loverboy – “Working for the Weekend” X
- Phish – “Stash” X
- Phish – “Tweezer”
- Stone Temple Pilots – “Big Bang Baby” X
Certainly an eclectic mix of 80s synth-pop, 1990s alternative, and whatever you classify Faith No More as. Shame that “Jizzlobber” isn’t FNM’s selection, though. Anyway, the tunes will be out Tuesday for 160 Microsoft Points, 200 Wii Points, or $1.99 American dollars per track… the latter obviously depending on whether Sony gets PlayStation Network up and running by then. Also, the X next to the song means for an extra dollar, one can upgrade to Pro Mode for guitar and bass if they possess the necessary equipment.
The newly independent Harmonix has revealed that an eight-pack of Johnny Cash songs will lead off the Rock Band Store’s 2011 offerings.
The Man in Black has been a fixture over at that other music franchise for the last few years, but PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 owners will be able to download the following Cash classics on January 4 as part of the Johnny Cash Track Pack 01:
- “Cry, Cry, Cry”
- “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”
- “Five Feet High and Rising”
- “Folsom Prison Blues”
- “I Got Stripes”
- “I Walk the Line” (Pro Guitar/Bass Available)
- “Tennessee Flat Top Box” (Pro Guitar/Bass Available)
- “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”
As usual, individual songs can be downloaded for $1.99/200 Wii Points/160 Microsoft Points each while the Pro Guitar/Bass upgrades can be purchased for a dollar more. All of the songs will also be available as a track pack, which will be priced at $13.49/1350 Wii Points/1,080 Microsoft Points.
If those prices sound a bit steep to you, Harmonix also plans to launch the Rock Band Free Pack 01 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 this week as well. As the name implies, the developer will dish up nine songs for free, all of which previously appeared as hidden tracks on Rock Band or Rock Band 2:
- Abnormality – “Visions”
- Anarchy Club – “Get Clean”
- Bang Camaro – “Night Lies”
- Breaking Wheel – “Shoulder to the Plow”
- Libyans – “Welcome to the Neighborhood”
- The Main Drag – “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter”
- Speck – “Conventional Lover”
- The Sterns – “Supreme Girl”
- That Handsome Devil – “Rob the Prez-O-Dent”