According to an unnamed source from Bloomberg Business, Harmonix Music Systems, the company behind the popular Rock Band, is rumored to be working on a new title for the rhythm game series. The supposed game is currently in development for both the Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Since its first appearance in 2007, Rock Band made a name for itself as the preeminent music gaming experience by offering players the chance to drum, sing, and strum along to their favorite pop and rock songs cooperatively, different from others in the genre like Guitar Hero, which Harmonix originally developed before Activision took over. The series would go on to spawn two sequels, a pair of themed games based around popular bands Green Day and The Beatles, and several miscellaneous works for mobile phones. The American music gaming fad that spun off Guitar Freaks eventually dwindled into obscurity, leaving Rock Band with little room to prove themselves in the modern marketplace. The meteoric rise and hard crash of rhythm games in the US was a doozy. Rock Band was the best-selling title of 2008 yet a few short years later few, if any, bands are still playing with regularity. The market, once so vast, dried up and the last entry in the Rock Band franchise, Rock Band Blitz, was released in 2012.
Harmonix recently tossed up songs by the Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Avenged Sevenfold in the in-game store for Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz with a second update coming soon featuring Tenacious D and Weezer. Harmonix also conducted a survey of users asking about a proposed resurrection of the franchise on Xbox One and Playstation 4 in mid-January. Once the “Great Plastic Instrument Bubble of Gaming” popped the developer focused on churning out a variety of other music themed games such as the Just Dance series for the Xbox, a reboot of 2003’s Amplitude and games for mobile devices. As of writing, Harmonix has not responded to our request for confirmation of this story.
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Source: Bloomberg Business