Harmonix unveils Rock Band Blitz

Arcade rhythm game from Rock Band developer coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this summer.

Rock Band developer Harmonix has unveiled its new title today, an arcade rhythm game called Rock Band Blitz.

The next entry in the Rock Band franchise was announced by Harmonix project director Matthew Nord on G4 TV's X-Play today, who revealed the title will be available on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network this summer.

Predominantly a single-player experience, Rock Band Blitz will be an arcade rhythm game that will allow players to play all the instruments in a track using a console controller instead of a plastic instrument.

Described by Nord as "fast, silly, loud, and over the top," the game will work with all the songs currently in the Rock Band catalogue (around 3,700 songs), but will also ship with 25 songs at launch, all of which will be instantly playable on Rock Band 3.

"Instead of focusing on music authenticity and performance simulation, [Rock Band Blitz] is an arcade game, so it's quick and fun," Nord said on G4. "[Players] can jump around and play any track they want at any time, you can charge the tracks up to get increased multipliers, and sometimes you'll get special purple notes for power-ups."

Nord also showed off the game's recommendation system: a mix of songs that players own and songs that are recommended to them by the game based on their purchase or play history or tracks recommended by friends.

Harmonix stated it will be supporting Rock Band Blitz with constant songs and updates, and all content released will work with all other Rock Band games.

Rock Band Blitz will be available on Xbox Live Arcade and PSN this summer.

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Dahorsh
Dahorsh

Here's an idea...go learn some new material.

famekiller
famekiller

here's an idea...go learn to play a real guitar

Superzone
Superzone

@jinzo9988: It was a joke, wasn't really intending to make a point...

zaiwen
zaiwen

integrate kinect in mix for a change... why still use controllers or those low class instruments

rbenns2
rbenns2

A sequel / update to Amplitude, compatible with Rock Band songs? I'd buy that.

Frequenxy
Frequenxy

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jcloverboy
jcloverboy

so it doesn't use the expensive specialty controllers you were pimping out.... I'd be more interested if it did, and also if it still touted great multiplayer.

dark_surge
dark_surge

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playahater1
playahater1

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Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@bumblebug Heck yes! The return of Amplitude and Frequency is long over due!

bumblebug
bumblebug

YYYEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The return of Amplitude/Frequency style game.

Opayk
Opayk

Wait wait wait - this is just Rock Band Portable! Nobody remember that one on the PSP? Well this is the same thing! I'm not saying it's not fun, but it's not exactly new...

Triton
Triton

Pass. Put some Rock back in RB3 and add more songs.

pszone
pszone

I great way to make comeback reasle it on psn and xboxlive and if sales . push next gem into retial.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@famekiller But it wasn't really harmonix that killed the genre that was guitar hero and it's 5 different games a year Rockband had 3 proper games spread out nicely over the years with a few band related games in between like beatles and ACDC rockband also excelent dlc song support if it wasn't for guitarhero swamping the genre...

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Unfortunately this is all Harmonix has. Rhythm games. I L.O.V.E. Rock Band (3), and still play it with my large catalog of songs. It's a blast to play when friends come over, and honestly it's the reason I still have a 360 (all the songs I bought are on the platform). For Harmonix though, as a company, as game makers, they're severely limited. The next generation of consoles will see a Rock Band 4 I'm sure, and it will probably be as fun as Rock Band 3 or 2 or 1, but whenever one of the Harmonix dev.'s said, "we're working on something new and exciting" I knew it was just another kind of rhythm game.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

lol, this has nothing to do with this article, I just like how a few comments below someone mentions how much they hat harmonix and these games and get rated down, and the post above his has that person saying they love these games and harmonix, and he also gets rated down... lol.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

I have so many downloaded songs that are taking up space, at least now I don't have to breakout the plastic instruments to hear all the songs. I just hope some day when we download a song for any game we can actually get an MP3 file to use outside the game.

ManzX
ManzX

rock band unplugged remake for arcade??

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

I guess these guys have to do something to hold themselves over until they can start mass-producing plastic instruments again for the next generation of consoles.

igatewood63
igatewood63

looks like Frequency to me which is fine

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

I'd rather keep playing with the plastic interments but that's just me.

LiqMD
LiqMD

Harmonix is such an amazing company, they have changed the way we play music games forever but . . . This is a bit much. Let it die, work on something new and cool Harmonix!

famekiller
famekiller

oh god, i thought these games died an ugly death. please Harmonix, don't subject the world to another installment, surely the cash cow is drained of money by now.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

How about some more stuff in the vein of Rocksmith? The entry price is high (if you don't own a guitar), but it seems like a natural progression of the music genre. Next, we need a program/game that can take music from an external source and allow you to play along with it in-game. Let people play their own collections, and you've got software that has virtually limitless replay value.

XeonForce
XeonForce

So I can play Frequency/Amplitude with the 1,000+ songs I already own? Cool.

Naylord
Naylord

So basically an Amplitude/Frequency sequel using the RB name to get sales? Count me in

supermoogle
supermoogle

Sounds like Amplitude, which is a good thing

FreakAche
FreakAche

Eh... sure I'll probably buy that. Say what you will about music games, you can tell that Harmonix puts a lot of effort into their products and continuing to support their old releases. I really hope that they can continue to do well even though they no longer have the support of MTV to back them up.

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

So basically it's Rock Band Unplugged on consoles? Sorry Harmonix, I love you guys, but this sounds kind of... meh.

BuBsay
BuBsay

Not too interested personally but there are two things that I find interesting about this. 1. All 25 songs will be instantly playable on Rock Band 3, cheap DLC is always fun. 2. All Rock Band songs are compatible with this game, meaning DLC whores essentially get a game that has a starting setlist 3,700 songs... That may take a while to beat.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

both the amplitude and rock band crowd should be happy about this game getting released. i know i am, even just for the ability to play "Bang Your Head" in rock band 3

MUKUSS
MUKUSS

Laura is a cutie:):)...oh yeah,rock band rules.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

So... like Rock Band Unplugged? I loved that one (It was basically Frequency with some streamlined elements) so I'm definetely getting this one too.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@Superzone People still play the NES. I'm not sure what your point is.

X-7
X-7

Yayyyyy ROCK BAND!!!!!! Of course now I would probably just play my real guitar but watev.

BCFOX
BCFOX

Sounds and looks like RockBand Unplugged for PSP.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

I'm definitely checking this out when it's released.

Superzone
Superzone

... people still play Rock Band?