The Internet was abuzz last week with rumors regarding the possibility of Harmonix resurrecting the much loved Rock Band series on next-gen consoles. Rumor turned to reality today as post on the official Xbox blog has confirmed that Rock Band 4 will be hitting the Xbox One (and PS4) later this year. No Wii U version is in the works at this time. This will be the first game in the series to hit the current crop of gaming consoles, as well as the first new game in the series since 2011’s Rock Band Blitz. Time to dust off the old instruments. The band is getting back together.
“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends,” Harmonix Chief Executive Officer Steve Janiak told the Xbox blog. “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.” The core experience consists of guitar, drums, and microphone. The keyboard will not be returning in the fourth installment of Rock Band. Mad Catz will be manufacturing brand new instruments for purchase in various bundles including:
The Band-in-a-Box Bundle, which includes the Rock Band 4 game, a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller, a Wireless Drum Kit Controller and a Microphone.
The Guitar Bundle, which includes the Rock Band 4 game and a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller.
A special Wireless Stratocaster Guitar Controller, featuring custom artwork of “Gabe” from the Penny Arcade webcomic. This limited-edition collectible will only be available via on-site pre-orders at the Harmonix booth during PAX East.
According to Harmonix’s official Rock Band site, this new version of the game will be backward compatible with DLC songs from previous iterations of as well. If you’ve bought a piece of DLC in the past, you will be able to download the same song for free once the Rock Band DLC store opens following Rock Band 4‘s release later this year. Further negotiations are necessary to possibly allow songs that were featured on-disc from prior versions into Rock Band 4‘s lineup. No Beatles tunes will be making their way over either. DLC transfer will be console specific so 360 to Xbox One and PS3 to PS4 should work just fine with no transfer fee tacked on.
This time around Rock Band 4 is a platform, not just a yearly release in a planned cycle. Updates, paid and unpaid, will work their way into the game along with all those sweet tunes to play during a drunken Tuesday night. Those looking to pre-order Rock Band 4 can do so on their website. More gaming news and reviews can be found by following us on Twitter, @APGNation.