No Rock Band 4 in 2011, 100 million songs downloaded

Harmonix's Chris Rigopulos says no new series installment this year; virtual storefront recently hit "significant milestone;" currently over 2,700 songs available.

The official price for Rock Band 3 recently dropped to $20, but downloadable content sales are soaring.

In an interview with the GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine, Harmonix vice president of strategy and business development Chris Rigopulos sounded off about the history of the brand--and revealed one mighty figure.

No word on how many copies of "Bad Romance" were downloaded.

Asked about sales of Rock Band downloadable content, Rigopulos said since Harmonix began selling tunes in 2007, gamers have downloaded over 100 million songs from the Rock Band Store.

He also noted there are currently about 2,700 Rock Band songs available from some 900 distinct artists on disc and DLC. Rigopulos told the magazine that 1 million unique users play Rock Band each month and 5 million distinct accounts have purchased content from the marketplace.

In terms of who buys the most DLC, Rigopulos said that Xbox 360 owners purchase the most add-on content, followed by the PlayStation 3. The Wii was a "distant third."

As for Harmonix's recent separation from the all but shuttered MTV Games, Rigopulos said, "We've effectively severed all ties with MTV, and all proceeds from Rock Band belong to Harmonix."

Looking ahead, Rigopulos said new songs from Lady Gaga, the Foo Fighters, and Ozzy Osbourne will be added to the store in the coming months, but that there will be no Rock Band 4 in 2011.

"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 said. "But 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."

For more on the most recent entry in the Rock Band series, check out GameSpot's review of Rock Band 3.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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39 comments
Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

@strayrocket4 Ya except that would be impossible and audiosurf is flawed so I'd rather pay a small fee with well made tracks then sketchy tracks at best

strayrocket4
strayrocket4

@RitsukoEX i do... i'd never buy songs i already have just song i could play them in a game. they should let us add our own songs and then have the game generate the button sequences like how Audiosurf generates the track based on the song. rock band and guitar hero were just money making schemes designed to rob you.

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

"We've effectively severed all ties with MTV, and all proceeds from Rock Band belong to Harmonix." With excellent reason because mtv is crap now

xGamePlayerx19
xGamePlayerx19

wow now with this major price drop i might actually buy RB3, havent bought a music playin game since RB:Beatles

AsszStake
AsszStake

Now it's just a question of time when the Rock Band Music Store will have all the good rock music out there, as we know they have a great taste for music, and now hearing that they will continue with the DLC support, i predict alot of great music.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@strayrocket4 who gives a crap!

GojiMaster
GojiMaster

I bought RB3 in December and I only now able to scratch the surface of all the content. I recently bought a You Rock Guitar so that I can play the Pro Guitar modes. It is AWESOME! You Rock Guitar is, BY FAR, the best current way to play pro mode. The Squier has been a disappointment and the Mustang is a bunch of stupid buttons, not a real guitar. Also the You Rock Guitar has TONS of functionality outside of RB3. I've been plugging it into my laptop and using as a synthesizer. RB3 has been my most played game since release. Ways to get most out of the experience: 1. Sing the vocals and learn the vocal harmonies 2. Play the Pro drums mode 3. Hookup one of your keyboards with the MIDI Adapter 4. Get the Squier or YouRock guitar to learn the guitar and bass parts. This game now has infinite replay value, especially with all of the Pro DLC coming out.

strayrocket4
strayrocket4

2,700 songs? haha i got more than that on my phone lol

Kendojin
Kendojin

They'll be selling copies for a good long time and the dlc? Well the article says it all, they pretty much freed up peoples' wallets to buy more songs with that price drop.

metaltorn
metaltorn

why would they even want to release another RB game, they should end it too like GH.

shabulia
shabulia

I am happy there won't be a new Rock Band and I am happy they will continue downloadable songs. This is a smart move. The market got over-saturated by Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Rock Band Green Day, Lego Rock Band... all of which were fine games. But there was just too much, too soon. We need a break and we need to miss the series. There haven't been major advances since Rock Band 2, really. The addition of keyboarding is nice but it isn't a huge leap. These games are fantastic and I love them dearly so. But it's nice to see them focusing on songs for download. I'd prefer it to stay this way for another year or so and then see Rock Band 4. Hell, I could even wait to the next generation to see Rock Band 4. This is a smart move.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I don't care about the 100 million but I am happy to hear there will be no RB this year. Yeah!

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Really they could of just released a RB4 that had very little new in it to cash in on the fact that there is no GH this year. Even with the music game genre not as big as it was a couple years back it would of still sold well. Good for them that they are taking their time with it and still focusing on the dlc.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

O good.What he said means that Rock Band has no intention of going away like GH.I was beginning to wonder.Now just to find an instrument bundle...knew I should have bought one sooner.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

I liked RB2 more than RB3. RB3 soundtrack sucked, and I did not like the changes they made. And why orange notes on Medium? Come on! But still so much better than GH. Warriors of Rock had the worst soundtrack EVER. GH5 was mostly lame. Smash Hits should move that first S to the beginning of the second word. Both Lego Rockband and Band Hero were COMPLETELY unnecessary. Beatles RB is good, but Greenday RB... maybe if it was released 10 years from now and Green Day had at least one more album almost as good as Dookie. And where the heck is my Our Lady Peace Rockband?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

With no Guitar Hero to compete with, there's no need to release RB4. Just keep pumping out quality DLC, and they can stay afloat for a while.

BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

@missonrs So true! I don't remember seeing ANY advertising for Rock Band 3 whatsoever. Too soon for Rock Band 4, maybe next year..

XeonForce
XeonForce

I bought 1000 of those 100 million songs. =P Coming from a guy who loves and plays RB3 several times a week, I am glad there is no RB4 in the works, RB3 is like RB perfection and a perfect example of why GH is no moe.

missonrs
missonrs

Probably would be better to wait an extra year or two before releasing rock band 4! @orionthescorpio don't forget to market the game! Rock band 3 probably sold poorly partly because of lack of marketing

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Can't wait for Rock Band 4. until then more downloadable songs for me :)

orionthescorpio
orionthescorpio

Very smart move by Harmonix. As long as they keep releasing the DLC to keep people interested, they will do well. Then in 2012 release RB4 with a huge song base already established and they should see profit!

Cephrien
Cephrien

No more Rock Band. Give us Dance Central 2.

art93
art93

i got to say, please bring back the pro face-offs. i would like to play some of the newer content that is out and go head-to-head instead of having to see myself #165 on the leaderboards or in the 15% of the leaderboards. next sequel, throw it back in please. :D

Units420
Units420

I know its not easy Harmonix. And I know the current situation might make it eventually impossible...... But will we ever......see......Floyd or Zepplin on RB???? :)

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

@robx360 Considering Rock Band is Harmonix's biggest investment, you can be sure there'll be lots more DLC to come. Which is great, cos I bought the pro guitar, and it's the best thing I ever bought :D

vega13mv
vega13mv

awesome, just got some new foo fighters tracks myself, looking forward to seeing them play at lollapalooza this year along with muse

skinny_man_69
skinny_man_69

Good thinking on Harmonix's part not dropping a new game every year like a certain company we all know....How did that work out for them again?

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Activision: Lets see how many games we can shove in gamers faces! Harmonix: Why don't we limit our selves, create maybe two more sequels, a few band oriented games, and maybe a lego theme for kids, and just release DLC instead of creating needless sequels!

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Harmonix is not only the best rhythm game developer, but they are also one of the best developers out there. I love you, Harmonix.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

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Rigyabliss
Rigyabliss

With Rocksmith coming out soon and a dying genre, it is smart to wait until 2012, but they really need to pull some new tricks out of the bag that do not involve spending small fortunes on peripherals.

therokito
therokito

No RB4 in 2011 doesnt surprise me. I personaly find it hard to imagine what they can do to innovate the genre even more, but im confident they will. In the meantime I am more then happy with DLC and will continue to add more to the over 1000 songs ive bought so far

Agreb91
Agreb91

I think that is a good idea. The genre needs a break. A year or two off is a good thing. But I like that Harmonix is at least going to keep pushing out new content for Rock Band.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

@KillerWabbit23 Probably not. They're probably thinking of new ways on how to milk CoD (& kill the FPS genre in the process) & offer even more expensive DLC.

robx360
robx360

I have downloaded around 100 songs. I always liked rock band a bit better. When part 3 dropped the $20 i snatched it up. Hopefully DLC will continue to come out on a regular basis.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Looks like MTV and Harmonix might have learned from Activision's mistake of milking GH dry. While personally I have grown tired of the rhythmic game genre, I'm glad to see there is still a quality franchise at the forefront.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

This is good it's not really Rock Bands fault that the music games were over done this is smart