Rock Band reunites for a comeback tour on the new consoles

Rock Band 4 has just been announced for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, ending the five-year music-game drought brought on by a combination of the world’s economic crisis and the over-saturation of music games in the late noughties.

This is brilliant news for anyone who spent 2007 to 2010 playing plastic instruments with their friends any time anyone had a braai.

Harmonix said in the announcement that they are working hard to ensure all of your old guitars, drums and microphones work with the new version.

“We’re working very closely with Sony and Microsoft to do everything we possibly can to make that possible,” Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos told Engadget’s Ben Gilbert.

The challenge is that the older consoles use different wireless technology to communicate with their peripherals than the new ones do, meaning a further accessory will be needed to plug into the newer consoles in order for the old instruments to work.

Of course, a new game means new peripherals as well, and these will continue to be made by Mad Catz, a company known for making quality accessories for, well, everything.

Harmonix also indicated they don’t plan to turn Rock Band into an annual release like so many other big-name titles. Instead, they plan to use it as a “platform” over the life cycle of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“At this point, in addition to DLC expansions, we’re thinking of Rock Band 4 more as an ongoing platform model where it can incrementally accrete new functionality over time instead of doing big $60 title releases,” Rigopulos said.

But better than just that, longtime developer Harmonix will let you import most of the DLC you purchased for your previous-gen copy for free, barring a few licensing-related exceptions. That means Rock Band 4 will support over 2 000 songs released for the franchise so far, in addition to having its own set list.

The game is coming sometime in 2015, but Harmonix isn’t talking exact dates quite yet.

Can I get a “Hell yeah!”?

[Source – Harmonix, Engadget, Image – Harmonix]


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