Rock Band 3 in the works

MTV Games head confirms Harmonix is already working on third major entry in rhythm franchise, exploring possibility of another game devoted to one major band.

Rock Band is coming back for a second encore. In an interview with MCV this week, MTV Games executive vice president and general manager Scott Guthrie confirmed that Harmonix has begun work on a third Rock Band game.

Harmonix is getting the Rock Band back together.

When asked about MTV's plans for the franchise's major releases in 2010, Guthrie confirmed the possibility of a genre-spanning Rock Band game like the first two releases in the series, as well as a game dedicated to a major artist, like next month's The Beatles: Rock Band.

"We're exploring both, and possibly will do both," Guthrie said. "The Harmonix development team are working on what is effectively the next game, or 'Rock Band 3.'"

The executive also talked about the changing face of the music genre and described it as "transitioning as a category out of the 'plastic' area." With a plethora of musical instrument controllers littering the living rooms and closets of gamers worldwide, Guthrie said that MTV was switching its focus to software, whether it be packaged or online. And given the introduction of new technology like Microsoft's motion-sensing Project Natal, there might come a day when Rock Band might not even need all that hardware.

"We aren't standing still," Guthrie said. "We will keep moving into new areas and look at new technologies that our platform holder partners are also developing, such as Project Natal from Microsoft. We're working with them to pull some things together. "

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Dan21278
Dan21278

I have rock band 1 and 2 so i just have to get this! i feel sorry for you puggle-

Mysterywriter
Mysterywriter

yeah a RB3, I LOVE all my music games, but RB is my favorite. It has more choices and add-ons then GH does. I will get it, definately.

SPADEZ0043
SPADEZ0043

hopefully we can see more Linkin Park in the series.

EGOE
EGOE

Cool! I can't wait. "Hope it's for the PS2"

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

@muserocker16 Yeah, or it could have a decent track list! Screaming is not music. Do you people still play this? I gave up on gh3.

muserocker16
muserocker16

awesome but they should try to get on more muse, slipknot, system of a down, oh and the beatles suck!

Rhystic1
Rhystic1

At least without instruments we Europeans will not have to wait for the hardware ;) Of course it would be too much awkward and complicated to play air instruments in Rock Band.

NirdBerd
NirdBerd

@drumbreak1, I don't think he meant it that way, but instead how playing Rock Band with a motion sensor will pretty much NOT work. Air guitar and Air Drums? And the microphone? hmm, not only would it look even more stupid, but they'd have to change the mechanics in the game, and air drumming would be 10 times more tiring than plastic drumming.

drumbreak1
drumbreak1

don't be so quick to judge lukas. people thought wii would fail before it came out and now look at it

lukas1051
lukas1051

Hahahaha, Natal? That would not work. End of.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i wonder if this will actually make to Australia on time this time, if not ever. Beatles RB is getting released here on time but for some stupid reason RB2 hasn't even been released here yet. and i doubt you could actually use Natal to actually play a GH or RB game. for Wii Music you probably could.

puggle-
puggle-

not having rock band 2 here in australia is the only thing thats forcing me to buy GH, sigh..

irongobbo
irongobbo

come one rock band, lets keep the quality up and the games to a minimum, not like GH where they pump it out every other month almost. 1 a year in enough

McDog3
McDog3

I hope the new game is of the genre-spanning sort and not another band exclusive. I love the variety.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Do you guys realize how exhausting(and not to mention stupid) it would be to play "air drums"? You're doing twice the work because you need the strength in your arm/wrist to lift the stick back up into the air with every downward stroke. You wouldn't have the rebound from the drum to push the stick back up for you. Kick pedals would be horrible too, it's also very exhausting to tap your foot or lift and drop your foot on the floor in place of a pedal for extended periods of time, not to mention you miss out on the angle of a kick pedal and instead have flat ground to work with. Natal is poisoning the minds of developers and we're going to suffer for it.

atarigrad
atarigrad

Saw RockBand Beatles today at best buy and was honestly dissappointed in what I saw. The graphics for the notes looked worse than RB2. I'll still get it but hope it's better than the 5 min. look I got of it. GH5 I'm getting to get the free VH GH. I wish they would add Hagar songs as well. More songs equals more fun especially with VH.

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

no guitar hero isn't improving its franchise..its wrecking its!!! by bringing out thousands of versions of games on a yearly basis instead of supplying continous dlc...

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

yay another RB game! Whooo! awesome but if the setlist is mediocre like GH5's i wont buy it...Thats y I dnt want GH5 anymore omg all the new things are cool n all but the setlist..hmmm wat a dissapointment..

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

I could see Rock Band working with Project Natal, all they have to do is add GWAR track Pack then you could use Natal to feed Milo to the World Maggot.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Air Guitar with Project Natal? Not for me... Just bought Rock Band 2 ($99@GameStop/BestBuy/Kmart+++). I already don't have room for the large drum kit. I can't imagine buying more of these peripherals. I love how in GameInformer, Harmonix and MTV were saying that they don't want to milk people with all these releases, but rather they want to make it an extension of the music industry (see the article about the Rock Band Network). Now they have been releasing a new Rock Band every year. I suppose it's better than what Activision is doing with Guitar Hero. Rock Band isn't coming out with 30 different versions in a year. This year saw Rock Band:Unplugged (Awesome psp game) and soon The Beatles: Rock Band (9-9-09! ~16 days). I don't even want to think of the list of GH titles coming and that have already come out this year. I would rather they keep more music coming as downloables instead of trying to come out with a new game every year. I understand why The Beatles would get their own game, though. But I don't want to see a dedicated band game every year. Work on bringing out sequels every 2 years and keep the DLC coming on a regular in-between. That way, when the new game releases the peripherals blow people away and so does the enhancements to the game. _

Bassist_4Life
Bassist_4Life

I have a feeling that if Harmonix makes another band exclusive game that it will be Led Zeppelin. That's what I'd be hoping for anyway! As for RB3, I won't buy it if the setlist is mediocre...I wasn't pleased with RB2's setlist but it's still a good game and the DLC I've bought for it keeps me happy.

DaGamer444
DaGamer444

the guitar hero franchise is finished. unless activision is really stupid, they would stop and try focusing on making some new CODutys, lets face it, theyre just trying to light a fire thats burnt out long ago. im not going to buy anymore rock bands or guitar heroes. harmonix, please don't make the same mistake as activision did and make something like dj hero.

Drower
Drower

You could make drums with Natal, possibly, if it is responsive enough. But most of us would probably still like to hit some surface and not just wave our drumsticks in the air. I can see dance games made with Natal though.

lloydy-46
lloydy-46

It's not milking it really, if all the games are good and sell well. Sonic milked it. Guitar Hero/Rock Band are just improving their franchises.

Airek49
Airek49

Why are people sarcastically saying things like, "Oh big surprise here."? It wasn't supposed to be a surprise... in fact, it would have been a very safe bet to say this would be made. That's not a bad thing. More games = more music.

score89
score89

Chokipez, when I say it doesn't count its because its a "track pack", no carrer, no online, the game itself is a reducted version of RB1 and the most important it wasnt designed to replace the current RB.But if your argument is that if it is a disk that it is sold in a store and play in the console, then cant argue with you GHWT is a complete game, if you like or not the game has a "complete"core, and yes i know GHWT will be exportable, but in a similar way that RB1 was (Paying), The track packS are altenatives of downloading, you buy the game then you export it directly to the "main" game

Frankasti
Frankasti

@DaGamer445 I think you mean Guitar Hero 14... I think Rock Band is going well compared to squeezed out Guitar Hero franchise.

DaGamer444
DaGamer444

2012: BREAKING NEWS!!!! ROCK BAND 6 has been announced!! this is really big news to me Hint: SARCASIM.

Phoenix534
Phoenix534

Big surprise :roll: Rock Band is becoming as bad as Guitar Hero in the milking category.

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

That is not really a big surprise there. :|

Lampooninating
Lampooninating

" And given the introduction of new technology like Microsoft's motion-sensing Project Natal, there might come a day when Rock Band might not even need all that hardware." Umm... what? I have absolutely no idea how anyone could implement Natal into a music game.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@buster_sword That can't be right at a quick "memory scan" I clearly remember Activision being the company on Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive and Rome: Total War over 7 years ago...

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

YAY! Another mediocre setlist... then again Guitar Hero 5 hasn't got anything much better on its plate :(

JoeBeetle1
JoeBeetle1

SIGH! Yea I'll buy RB III when it is released, still like GH better~ It is all politics around EA vs Activision. I support them because I love music!

Sprunk_G
Sprunk_G

Rock band 3? Gee I'm so surprised.

cardkoda
cardkoda

I am tired of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. They have become so mediocre. Not fun at all

Chokipez
Chokipez

Woops, you're right, I mis-counted. Let me address a few points. #1) Yes, RB AC/DC does count as a game. If it's on a disc at the store, it's a game, plain and simple. Are you saying things like WoW:BC aren't games? That's just a ridiculous argument that stretches the truth to support your stance. Did you know that in Guitar Hero 5 you will be able to import ALL of the songs from WT and SH, including DLC? If I used your logic, then WT and SH are only expansions, which they are not. #2) It doesn't matter how or why Harmonix made the first three games, the fact of the matter remains that they still made them. Are you aware that Harmonix is continuing to release more than one DDR per year, with different consoles getting different versions? How come nobody ever mentions that? By your Activision-hating standards, that would be milking a franchise too! Why is it never mentioned? Because people are white-knighting Harmonix as a saviour of the video game industry, when in reality they're just another business. Activision isn't a bad company, and neither is Harmonix. They both make great games, and people are getting this false sense that Harmonix is more than a regular company. They're not. So enjoy RB and enjoy GH. There's no reason to "hate" a game because a certain company makes it, that's just ignorant. #2)

st0ner0
st0ner0

lets hope ur able to play the songs from rock band 1 and 2 aswell, instead of having to re-buy the songs

score89
score89

yes and RB ACDC doesnt count because its more like an expansion than a game it self, yes it plays and even have achievements but the main reason to buy it is to export the songs to RB1 or 2 Also the first 3 GH games (1,2,80's) where made that way first because the genre was "new" and they didnt know how it would sale, and second because DLC and export where not as posible as it is now

buster__sword
buster__sword

Chokipez, Harmonix started making the games 4 years ago and Activision started 2 years ago. Ohh and you listed 9 GH games not 8

Basher9
Basher9

I'm sorry, but i just cant see how they could use project natal. sensing where you're fingers are would be imprecise and no one would use it if it was imprecise. The most i could see would be to get your guy to walk around the stage, and let's face it, that wouldn't be a reason to get natal