130 million Rock Band songs downloaded

Harmonix reveals new download milestone as weekly releases come to an end; proof-of-concepts shown for Rock Band Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and Pink Floyd.

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BOSTON--Harmonix today revealed during a PAX East presentation that more than 130 million Rock Band songs have been downloaded to date. This is up from 100 million in 2011.

The news as the Rock Band weekly song releases will come to an end after 281 straight weeks on April 2. The final song will be Don McLean's "American Pie." In all, the Rock Band downloadable content library stands at 4,254 songs from 1,657 bands.

The Cambridge, Mass., developer also today showed off a proof-of-concept video for Rock Band: Led Zeppelin, along with images and video for installments based on the bands Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam. Harmonix previously denied doing any official work on a Led Zeppelin Rock Band game.

One image from the Pink Floyd project was shown, though Harmonix said this was created in PhotoShop and was merely experimental. It contained the iconic marching hammer imagery from the group's 1979 album The Wall.

The Pearl Jam Rock Band project was announced in 2009, before it was later canceled for unknown reasons. The developer explained that this game was going to place its focus on the Seattle-based group's live performances. A still image depicting singer/guitarist Eddie Vedder and other members of the group was shown.

Following the publication of this story, a Harmonix representative confirmed with GameSpot that no formal partnership with Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin was ever established, and the projects never entered full development.

"The images referenced were created by Harmonix as proposals for potential titles about those artists. No partnership with Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin was ever formalized, and those two titles were never in actual development."

Discussion

34 comments
Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

I really enjoyed the times I had with this game. It is about time that it is finally dying out, but no one can deny that it was tons of fun in group settings. I even enjoyed playing it on my own. It was a steep challenge eventually and I loved seeing the progression of going from beginner all the way to expert.

Ya, its a plastic "instrument" but I also don't have the time to actually pick up a real guitar and learn it and play it. I wanted to play a game for fun. And that's exactly what I had - fun.

ABakedAlien
ABakedAlien

I remember when everybody in my school was playing  guitar hero or rockband  (was in junior high, or middle school for the americans). That shit just seems like such a horrible fad that I'm glad died out. I always thought it was lame, playing fake plastic instruments and lining up colored icons then hitting the button on the plastic toy therefore pretending you are playing the song. I honestly never even liked it I just tried to force myself to because everybody else seemed to like it. Those were my days of being a follower....never be a follower kids...never.

wangkal
wangkal

I have to say it only looks interesting to me at the very beginning. I feel so bored now. You guys should play Age of Wushu with me, a real sandbox game.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

American Pie is a fitting song to end this grand tradition considering the theme. "the day the music died" indeed. I will definitely be downloading it. It is one of my all time favourite songs, up there with Stairway to Heaven, Hotel California, Carry on Wayward Son, Sympathy for the Devil, Dream On and I could actually keep this list going easily...

feared4power
feared4power

Fun fact: did you know rock band is a video game

gplayer5
gplayer5

I wonder if that includes all the pirated song downloads lol.

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

It makes me more sad knowing that they were at least thinking about a Pink Floyd title.

GeneralMufinMan
GeneralMufinMan

Hell of a run, great games, great fun, great songs :)

AlexFili
AlexFili

Shame about no Pink Floyd, that would have been awesome

blackace
blackace

Never bought Rock Bank. That's a LOT of money to spend on downloading songs. I still have 2 guitars for Guitar Hero sitting in my closet.

Judas_III
Judas_III

I want Rock Band 4!

Surely it will Suceed.

lunarsword
lunarsword

So this means that one person downloaded each song off the LIVE Marketplace?

bmart970
bmart970

Rock Band was awesome. RB2 is one of my most played games of all time.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

Hell of a run for Rock Band. Shows what can be accomplished if you develop games for the love of it and not just as a get rich quick scheme.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

So are more games forthcoming, or is the franchise being shuttered?

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

American Pie, the last Rock Band DLC. Makes sense: the day the music dies.


Unfortunately, I hate that song and won't get it. Sad to see things end.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Depressing news is depressing...

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Beatles Rock Band was incredible if you ask me. I grew up as a huge Beatles fan and sitting in the basement with a few friends playing along to it, watching the awesome animated levels and singing all night was amazing and really was the peak of how great rhythm gaming experiences can be. Less as "Games" and more so as an alternative way to listen to and connect with the music you love. I sort of think of it as air-guitaring along to your favourite songs, but with a bit more structure and consequence (though no-fail mode is a godsend if you ask me; removing the frustration element from getting sunk by a hard solo 4 minutes into a song you were loving until that point sort of sucks the joy out of it). 

I think the band specific Rock Bands that are made by teams who are clearly passionate about the material is the way to go. They may not light up the sales charts like they used to, but I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people out there who wouldn't mind kicking back and strumming along to some Zeppelin or Floyd if given the opportunity. 

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

I would take a Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin Rock Band over Green Day Rock Band any day. Don't get me wrong, I like Green Day, but...all the wasted awesome potential... Also, I think a Nirvana Rock Band could have been a little better choice than a Pearl Jam one to be honest. And I would have loved to see a Soundgarden RB, too, because they've been together since they formed and would make for a large setlist.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

And a little over 600 of those downloads were from me. A great game that can last a life time. Whether you're in the mood to rock out or feeling a little down, there's nothing better than playing some Rock Band to get you in a great mood.

lancea34
lancea34

I definetely would have bought Pearl Jam: Rock Band. Thankyou Activison for killing off a genre.

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

I definitely would have bought Rock Band: Pink Floyd.

Bryan2Blazed
Bryan2Blazed

@ABakedAlien Go f*** yourself. Sounds to me like you sucked at the game. I bet you play COD and you have nerve enough to say "Don't be a follower". You should have said " I sucked at these games so I hate them and everyone else should". I would punch your face. LOSER!!

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

@Holoogamooga_ HMX has no Rock Band games or related titles currently planned. They've been very tight lipped about their next project, although a Dance Central 4 for the new X-box doesn't seem to be a stretch.

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

@grey_fox1984 I think that was key difference between Harmonix and Activision. HMX developed games designed for music lovers. Activision just kept cranking out generic games designed for points. Just look at the sheer variety of music in the core RB games, almost every genre is represented. 

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

@Leboyo56 Soundgarden would have never happened because during the window it would have been feasible Activison had exclusive rights. One of the **** moves Activision did very early on was start buying exclusives. If you can't be creatively competitive, just block the other guy from using certain artist. 

notorious98
notorious98

@Leboyo56 You mean aside from the 12 years they weren't together?  Like when Chris Cornell spent 7 years in Audioslave?

DeviousBroccoli
DeviousBroccoli

@Lawdog1521 To be fair, Rock Band had its share of exclusive artists. My memory is hazy, but I know The Beatles and Green Day were two. Pearl Jam may have been another, given that their last song--"Even Flow"--appeared way back in GHIII. Possibly AC/DC, though the band has its issues with digital distribution.

DeviousBroccoli
DeviousBroccoli

@Mr_Big_Boss @lancea34 EA was only the distributor for Rock Band titles. MTV Games was the publisher, and would have been the one making the release decisions along with Harmonix.