Rock Band 4 Rises From the Ashes

Harmonix on Thursday revealed that the fourth installment of Rock Band will launch this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The information comes about 5 years after the final title in the franchise made its debut.

Harmonix is celebrating the collection’ return by gifting followers Frank Turner’s I Nonetheless Consider. It is an acceptable observe for a collection that has taken a while off, with its iconic lyric, Now who’d have thought that in any case, one thing so simple as rock ‘n’ roll would save us all?

Rock Band 4 will launch with tons of of tracks on disc. It’s going to observe a mannequin akin to that of Rock Band 3, through which Harmonix updates the sport with new content material periodically reasonably than iterating on it with successive releases.

What’s Previous Is New Once more

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 house owners will be capable to import content material from legacy variations of the sport, which incorporates the greater than 2,000 tracks launched following Rock Band 3’s introduction.

Nevertheless, Harmonix did not say whether or not customers will be capable to import legacy content material throughout console producers.

It might be some time but earlier than Harmonix is able to talk about cross-platform uploads. Lots of Rock Band’s options are nonetheless in the works, and Harmonix is not able to disclose specifics about the sport, in line with Harmonix spokesperson Nick Chester.

“We now have quite a few evolutionary new sport options that construct on the core expertise Harmonix pioneered in the style that we predict will actually shock gamers, and we won’t wait to share these particulars with them later this 12 months,” he instructed TechNewsWorld.

Together with help for legacy downloadable content material, Harmonix is working with its bandmates at
(*4*) to ship backward compatibility for followers’ classic Rock Band axes and drum kits.

Shiny New Gear

Regardless of specializing in its solo profession for the previous few years, Mad Catz is fortunately hammering out new gear for a brand new era of consoles and Rock Band followers, in line with spokesperson Alex Verrey.

“The brand new era of consoles has bought at a quicker tempo than anybody was anticipating, which opens up a probably big consumer base,” he instructed TechNewsWorld. “Personally talking, I believe Rock Band 4 goes to be an excellent sport, and we look ahead to sharing extra particulars with the world quickly.”

Altering Occasions

The final Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games have been launched in 2010, when a style that had boomed for the earlier 5 years was on the decline. Guitar Hero, rumored to be returning as nicely, disappeared after saturating the market with 5 releases in a single 12 months.

The rhythm sport bubble burst as a result of the instances modified — and music modified, in line with Kathleen Maher, vice chairman at
Jon Peddie Research. Rock Band and Guitar Hero thrived as a result of they have been launched at a time when rock bands have been nonetheless driving excessive.

“Music has diversified quite a bit — there are a number of totally different genres,” Maher instructed TechNewsWorld, “and music streaming signifies that there are fewer big hits and extra indie hits. All this makes it quite a bit tougher to package deal a music sport to attraction to an enormous viewers — however you recognize, I am type of assuming Harmonix is aware of all this, and let’s hope they’ve one thing up their sleeve.”

With too few rock songs having fun with success in the mainstream, rhythm video games ate up all of the early hits till there was nothing left for them to observe up with in DLC packs and new video games, Maher noticed. The brand new songs wore off shortly, the novelty pale, and the have to put money into a peripheral created an offputting overhead for shoppers.

“I blame the builders to a sure extent, as a result of they didn’t construct on the curiosity in actuality seize approaches. As a substitute, they only supplied variations on the similar themes,” Maher stated.

That stated, “to the protection of the builders, it takes time to grasp a brand new platform and a brand new style. It isn’t over but by an extended shot,” she added.

Down however Not Out

Whereas the bubble might have burst, to counsel that rhythm video games have disappeared is an exaggeration, stated Harmonix’s Chester. A decline in the style might have been all however inevitable, contemplating rhythm video games surged on the wind of sudden curiosity from followers.

“The fact is that builders, together with Harmonix, have continued to push rhythm and music video games in new instructions, and also you’re seeing this throughout all platforms — from cellular to console — geared toward quite a lot of totally different demographics,” Chester identified.

“Particular to Rock Band, we have had a tremendously energetic and engaged group. We’re nonetheless seeing tons of of 1000’s of oldsters logging into our video games and taking part in month-to-month.”
Rock Band 4 Rises From the Ashes

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