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Harmonix: Rock Band Not Dead, Just Temporarily Shelved

The music boom died out during the current generation, but that doesn't mean franchises like Rock Band are gone forever.

Harmonix brand manager John Drake told Everybody Plays that in fact, it's their favorite franchise and because they own the Rock Band IP, they'll "hopefully have something to say" concerning a next-gen installment.

Many believed that after the music genre crashed, companies like Harmonix killed off the once billion-dollar franchises but in truth, the ideas have just been temporarily shelved.

Said Drake:

"It's more like we put it on the shelf than we killed it. We still have 4,500 songs for DLC. We'll see how hardware install goes for the next generation - I mean, if people are out there, and ready to rock, I think we'll be out there with good ideas.

We're not in production on Rock Band 4, we're not making another Rock Band right now, but we're always thinking about it. We spent 4 to 6 years of our life working on it, depending on if you worked on Guitar Hero as well, before it got sold off, making Rock Band all the time. I spent three years just travelling with Rock Band, so it's in our hearts. Maybe in the future. If people want it, they should let us know. I'd love to come back and play some Rock Band here."

The last iteration was the downloadable, old-school Rock Band Blitz, which didn't involve any plastic instruments, but embraced the good ol' days of Frequency and Amplitude; i.e., just pressing gamepad buttons in rhythm. It was lots of fun, but we imagine Harmonix has bigger ideas for the new generation. I was never big on the plastic instruments, though.

Tags: rock band, rock band sequel, rock band ps4, rock band next gen

9/30/2013 9:23:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 5:21:01 AM

yeah idk maybe one day we'll get another raock band but of course for for some time we ahve activision to blame it seems to me for the demise of the music genre and now it seems they just trying to milk and ruin every genre they can get their iron grip on.

happy gaming =)

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 5:27:39 AM

it would be nice to see them come back, however this time respect the cow dont go mutualize it otherwise its going to die very quickly again.
they offered such a different experience and tone to other games we need them back.
whoever comes back though i hope its guitar hero simply because i always found RB FAR too easy, like mastering 5 stars on RBs hardest difficulty and failing within the first 20 seconds on GHs hardest.
they need to fix the music too, its called GUITAR hero, ROCK band, not shizzy ga ga and all that nonsensical bullsh*t!
need to go back to the tracklist of the original two GH games.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 11:36:14 AM

I think the future should be downloadable completely. Not necessarily a free-to-play model (altho that's pretty much what RB evolved/devolved into0 but make the initial game engine accessible and cheap. We will buy the songs and everyone buys differently so the money will come. I'd love to still play but after buying an almost embarrassing amount of DLC I still haven't played the last song...simply because to me, playing it signifies the end of Rockband.

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