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Play as Sterling Archer (and sing “Danger Zone”) in Rock Band 4 right now

Archer‘s eighth season, the noir-tinged Archer: Dreamland, begins its big sleep on FXX on April 5th. But first, Harmonix is bringing the character to Rock Band 4 as part of the March Update.

Available to download now, Archer wouldn’t be Archer without getting the chance to belt out Kenny Loggins’s “Danger Zone.” Thankfully, Harmonix will also add the Top Gun anthem to the Rock Band 4 Music Store (priced at $1.99) today for the PS4 and Xbox One:

Bringing Archer into the Rock Band world presented a unique challenge for the art team. The Archer TV show is 2D animation with a cel-shaded style – completely different from the signature look of Rock Band. The team wanted to stay true to the Archer Style, so we created a custom cel-shader in Rock Band just for this character. The end result is an Archer that looks like he was pulled straight from TV and dropped on stage.

In another bit of cross-promotion, Harmonix also revealed (via Twitter) that a series of Mass Effect: Andromeda-themed items are now available to purchase from the Rock Shop. There’s Pathfinder Armor, guitars shaped like the Normandy and the Tempest, and more. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released on March 21.

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Xbox Store Today: Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Edition, Batman Return to Arkham, Rock Band 4 Rivals, more

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We’ve got re-releases, expansions, and one of the first games to ever focus on The Great War in today’s Xbox Games Store update.

Rather than return to the well-trod battlefields of World War I, EA and DICE turned back the clock even further for Battlefield 1. The “Early Enlister Edition” is now available to download on the Xbox One, and it includes the full World War I shooter, as well as an assortment of bonus content.

Also available this week is Batman: Return to Arkham, which travels back to the beginnings of Rocksteady’s critically-acclaimed trilogy and adds in “fully remastered and updated visuals” and all the previously-released downloadable content.

Over on the Xbox 360 side of the Xbox Games Store, players will be able to continue Batman: The Telltale Series with this week’s launch of Episode 2: Children of Arkham.

Finally this week, Rock Band 4 will expand thanks to the release of the brand new Rivals expansion. Players will be able to tackle a campaign mode for the first time in “Rockudrama,” and they’ll battle it out with others online in “Rivals Mode.”

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Battlefield 1, Batman: Return to Arkham, Lego Harry Potter 1+2, more added to PS Store

“Come on, boys!” EA and DICE are heading back to the frontlines in Battlefield 1, which launches this week for the PS4. The game will be available to download this Friday, but PS4 owners can get it early if they’re willing to spring for the Early Enlister Edition, which includes bonus downloadable content, or the Ultimate Edition, which comes bundled with the post-launch Premium Pass.

Also available to download this week is a pair of re-releases that will give PS4 players a chance to relive two of WBIE’s PS3-era successes. Batman: Return to Arkham will collect Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City as a single package with “fully remastered and updated visuals” and all previously-released downloadable content. And the Lego Harry Potter Collection brings together Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 with newly redone graphics.

Over on the PS3 side of the PlayStation Store, players will be able to continue Batman: The Telltale Series with this week’s launch of Episode 2: Children of Arkham.

Finally this week, Harmonix will launch the Rivals expansion for Rock Band 4. Players will be able to tackle a brand new campaign mode known as “Rockudrama,” and battle it out with others online in “Rivals Mode.”

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And a complete listing of this week’s new add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, Skylanders Imaginators, More

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While the Call of Duty franchise continues to push further and further into the future, EA and DICE are taking the Battlefield franchise back to The Great War for Battlefield 1. The shooter will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this week, and Microsoft is even offering a special Xbox One S + Battlefield 1 Bundle in two sizes… 500 GB and 1 TB.

Firaxis Games and 2K will return with a different sort of trip through time this week with Civilization VI. The strategy game will be released for the PC, and it’ll once again ask players to battle it out with famous world leaders and grow their civilization.

Skylanders fans will get the chance to try out a new entry in the franchise, as Activision will bring Skylanders Imaginators to the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. For the first time, players will be able to design their own Skylanders characters with the brand new Imaginators system.

In what has become a regular occurrence in the New Retail Releases report, another batch of games will get the re-release treatment this week. WB Games will swoop down to save the day in Batman: Return to Arkham, a PS4 and Xbox One compilation featuring Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The publisher will also package together Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 in Lego Harry Potter Collection, exclusively for the PS4. WayForward will give 3DS owners another chance to pick up Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, this time in a new Retail Edition. Finally, Harmonix will release the Rivals expansion for Rock Band 4 this week, and launch a special Rock Band 4 + Rivals Expansion pack for the PS4 and Xbox One.

A complete look at this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Harmonix adds songs from Five Finger Death Punch, Motorhead, Royal Blood to Rock Band 4 Music Store

More heavy metal is coming to the Rock Band 4 Music Store. Harmonix has announced that new songs from Five Finger Death Punch (“Got Your Six”), Motorhead (“Thunder & Lightning”), and Royal Blood (“Figure It Out”) are now available to download for the PS4 and Xbox One.

The developer is also offering a quick primer, and the preview video embedded above, for fans who might be unfamiliar with these three bands:

Heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch joins the Rock Band Music Library with the title track from their latest album Got Your Six. The legendary Motorhead returns to Rock Band DLC this week with “Thunder & Lightning.” We’re honored to add a track from the last album recorded by the band with band founder and metal legend Lemmy Kilmister. Finally, British rockers Royal Blood come to Rock Band for the first time with “Figure It Out” from their self-titled debut album.

All three songs are now available to download from the Rock Band 4 Music Store for $1.99 apiece.

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“Get Lucky” today with a trio of new songs on the Rock Band 4 Music Store

I won’t be able to hear Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” ever again without first thinking of Stephen Colbert and his celebrity-packed dance party set to the song. And can you blame me? When you watch Jeff Bridges boogie down the stairs, or Henry Kissinger get testy in his office, or Bryan Cranston put on a disco roller skating showcase, it tends to stick with you. So that’s why I’m thrilled that Harmonix has added “Get Lucky” to the Rock Band 4 Music Store this week… though sadly it won’t include any celebrity cameos.

Two additional songs are available to download today: Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” All three tracks can be purchased for $1.99 apiece.

Harmonix also revealed ten artists who will contribute songs to the Rock Band 4 Music Store in February including Bruno Mars, Five Finger Death Punch, Generation X, J. Geils Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Masaya Matsuura, Motorhead, Orleans, Royal Blood, and Zac Brown Band.

A video preview of today’s new songs has been embedded above.

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Harmonix adds more grunge to Rock Band 4 Music Store with new songs from Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots

Head back to the 90s with a trio of grunge classics… now available to download through the Rock Band 4 Music Store for $1.99 apiece.

Temple of the Dog, the grunge supergroup featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, kick things off with their 1991 anthem, “Hunger Strike.” Speaking of Soundgarden, Harmonix also tapped Chris Cornell’s former band for a new track this week with “My Wave” from 1994’s Superunknown. Finally this week, Scott Weiland and the rest of Stone Temple Pilots will rock out to “Wicked Garden,” which still found success on the radio dial even though it was never officially released as a single.

A new trailer previewing all three songs has been embedded above.

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Be Disturbed (as in, the band Disturbed) by this week’s Rock Band 4 DLC Update

The men and women of Harmonix must really love Disturbed. The Chicago-based metal band will be the featured act in a downloadable content pack for Rock Band for the fourth time. The Disturbed Pack 04, the first for the band since the release of Rock Band 4, is available to download now.

Priced at $5.49, Disturbed Pack 04 will include a pair of tracks from the band’s most recent album (“The Vengeful One” and “Immortalized”), as well as the song “Warrior” from the 2010 album Asylum. All three songs can also be purchased individually for $1.99 apiece.

You can get a preview of all three songs from Disturbed Pack 04 in the trailer embedded above.

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