Harmonix announcing new game at E3

Two weeks after it ruled out Rock Band 4 in 2011, the Boston-area developer confirms it will use annual expo to unveil its latest title.

There may not be a Rock Band 4 in 2011, but there will be a new Harmonix game announced at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Boston-based developer today sent out invitations to its annual party at the event, which it will use to "celebrate the announcement of our latest title." No further details were given.

What is Harmonix announcing at E3 2011?

Harmonix's revelation comes two weeks after its vice president of strategy and business development, Chris Rigopulos, said that Rock Band 4 would not come out this year. "Rock Band 3 is a big game with lots of available music content and lots of new goals and challenges. We want to give our fans the time to explore that fully," he told Game Informer.

However, Rigopulos also hinted at new projects during the interview, saying, "Rest assured that Harmonix is still developing new ideas and concepts to advance the Rock Band franchise, and we look forward to sharing those when the time is right."

One possibility is that the game that will be announced at E3 will be another band-specific title in the vein of The Beatles: Rock Band or the AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack. The last such offering, Green Day: Rock Band, was released last June. Another possibility is a sequel to the popular Kinect game Dance Central, which has sold more than 2.5 million units.

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71 comments
chyng85
chyng85

Cheer the world with more music~

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

"In a throw back to the 70's we're proud to announce for the Kinect, "Disco Central!!!""

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@mejv they already had Guitar Hero Metallica, and when a band signs with Activision they basically sell there souls to em, so don't count on any more Metallica in Rockband.

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@ShiningV67 are you freaking kidding me? "Led Zep should definitively be a "Track Pack". Disturbed could be a full game." Disturbed should be tossed in a garbage can. There hasn't been one Led Zeppelin song on rockband and there is already like 6 Disturbed songs. I would play Led Zeppelin Rockband if it came out, but I would disown Harmonix if they considered idiotic ideas like yours.

megakick
megakick

its going to be NEED FOR SPEED : ROCK THE DANCE CENTRAL BATTLEFIELD.

-DaNuTz-
-DaNuTz-

I prefer to dance with my gf ...

monson21502
monson21502

they are making a new game???? not another rock band or guitar hero??? this could be the shock of E3!!!

s4sutler100
s4sutler100

ugg i still have not beat rb 2 due to the lack of band mates

Zacek
Zacek

A new Dance Central, I bet.

Odesien
Odesien

@gobbo00 cus its harmonix. it would be unique if it wasn't but frankly it will be.

gobbo00
gobbo00

Who say's it has to be a music game?

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

"Pop Band" I don't want it but I wouldn't be suprised.

Nimniac
Nimniac

Didn't they say they were making a Pearl Jam Rock Band like a year ago? They had all the fans on the official PJ site choose the best live versions of the songs that were gonna be in the game. It was gonna be in the same vein as the ACDC one, unless the've been mum on it cause they're gonna expand to a full deal... or it was cancelled.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Vuvzela Band! I hope they have BZZZZZZZZ, and BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, and my most favorite BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

litttlejohn
litttlejohn

@jdog1205, springsteen is a dlc, not its own game, thanks in large to every song sounding identical.

ShiningV67
ShiningV67

You all have some nice suggestions. Led Zep should definitively be a "Track Pack". Disturbed could be a full game. Springsteen should be a DLC. But with the Scorpions going into retirement in 2011 or 2012, I think this calls for a tribute game to go out in style! With albums spanning over almost 40 years, there's a lot that could fit into a full game, with additional DLC to complete the experience. If not, then at least Scorpions: World Wide Live Track Pack (live recording from 1985).

jdog1205
jdog1205

Bruce Springsteen: Rock Band. They must add music by "The Boss".

JtAgentX
JtAgentX

Marching Band. It has to be done. It could be the next Guitar Hero/Dance Dance Revolution.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Of course they are. And I bet it will involve music as well.

rynmls
rynmls

probably dance central 2...

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@parrot_of_adun Well, I say do what you are good at. We wouldn't want Bethesda to change and start doing squat-based shooters, would we? Or EA to start doing a good football game (ha!)

Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

@controlfreak25 I hope to God that happens but sadly around 10 of Disturbed's sings are alrteady in RB and they only have a total number of 61 songs (not in cluding the cover's of songs they've done no matter how awesome they are)... which leaves us with 52 which I don't think is enough for a full game... maybe put some System of a Down with that package? I'd buy it either way

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I wonder if they're capable of anything but rhythm games. I suppose they likely don't to do anything else, but I still wonder...

finchused
finchused

I've always wanted them to put a Pink Floyd song like, "Comfortably Numb" on Rock Band. With the keyboard addition, they just are begging to be on there.

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

A new Harmonix game? Add that to the list of reasons I am excited for E3.

Frequenxy
Frequenxy

Oh please be the sequel to Amplitude!

kickblocker
kickblocker

hopefully something new and ot some sequel. i have faith in Harmonix though

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

Zeppelin:Rock Band? it could be possible, since there was a rumor a while back where Jimmy Page was actually in negotiations with Harmonix about a band specific game, so it might come to fruition

speedfreak48t5p
speedfreak48t5p

jimmyzeke13: For christs sake it better not be an RPG.

therokito
therokito

Dance central 2 is already known to be in production. Microsoft is helping fund it too. My guess is this is what they are going to be announcing. Glad to see Harmonix will continue their tradition of making a good showing at e3 even after going indy :)

fester420
fester420

The game is obviously gonna be Dance Central: Lady Gaga

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

i honestly think music games are too overrated and boring now, i loved GH 1-3 and RB1-2 but im so bored of them now

Untamed_Fudge
Untamed_Fudge

@Dalan I dunno. The 3DS has cameras, but I don't know if they would be able to track the motion accurately. They might make it like DDR for iPhone, but Harmonix wouldn't want to make a clone of another game. That's for Activision to do. :P I very much doubt that it'll be Dance Central, but I listed it anyway.

LordSadic
LordSadic

"Rock Band 4 would not come out this year.(We have milked it already enough) There is a new cow in town (DC) and we are committed to do as much as possible to leave it as dry and empty as our originality."

Daian
Daian

@Untamed_Fudge How in the blue hell would u play Dance Central on the 3DS?

Untamed_Fudge
Untamed_Fudge

Harmonix were on that list of developers for the 3DS, so I'd say it's most likely going to be a 3DS title. I just want to know... Will it be a Rock Band game, a Dance Central game, a revisit to Frequency/Amplitude, or a completely new game? We'll have to wait and see...

mejv
mejv

I would love to see a Rock Band Metallica.

shkar
shkar

I hope it will be about FLAMENCO GUITAR and the title will be El-Mariachi !!! But I guess my dream will never come.....

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

Here's for hoping it's an IP, not a sequel.