Rock Band 4 Revealed for Xbox One And PS4

Harmonix plans to revive music franchise in 2015; Game aiming to support existing peripherals and DLC.

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The rumors were true. Harmonix on Thursday officially announced Rock Band 4. The new music game will launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 by the end of the year, the Boston-based studio said.

New guitar, drums, and microphone peripherals are coming by way of a partnership with Mad Catz. However, in an effort to keep the community united, Rock Band 4 will not support keyboards or pro-controllers.

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As for the Rock Band peripherals already released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Harmonix product manager Daniel Sussman said the team is "working their asses off" to support those old controllers for Rock Band 4.

Perhaps a more important question for gamers is: Will my existing Rock Band DLC carry forward? That's the plan, according to Sussman.

"We have been working with Sony and Microsoft to support legacy entitlements, so that DLC you bought on the PS3 will carry forward to the PS4, and same with the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One," he said.

It's unclear right now if you'll be able to move DLC across console families, i.e. PS3 to Xbox One or Xbox 360 to PS4.

Finally, Sussman said Rock Band 4 will be the only new Rock Band game released for the Xbox One and PS4.

"We don't envision a Rock Band 5, 6, 7 or 8. What we would rather do is build on the Rock Band 4 feature set through very deliberate content and title updates that are developed in collaboration and conversation with our community," he said.

For lots more on Rock Band 4, check out GameSpot's in-depth coverage of the game.

Not interested in Rock Band? Activision is rumored to be working on an all-new Guitar Hero game for Xbox One and PS4, also due to launch in 2015.

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I hope they can get some ELO and Frank Zappa on this one. I still play them all. Interactive way of listening to the radio so to speak.

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Get ready for DLC milking like you have never seen before.

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I'd love it if I could sync it with my itunes and play off that instead of having to buy songs that they don't put in the game from playstation store but that's not gonna happen.

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Why buy new when you can just play what you already have? (unless you for some reason dumped everything)Like someone said, no one played the game for the graphics.

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Have to buy all the instruments over again..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> potentially you might not have to

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But really though, what else is there to add to the game? I don't see this new game being very fresh.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I know right. The only new thing this generation offers is video support. I think the novelty of creating your own music video would ware off pretty quickly.

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So it seems like they are doing everything right: support for existing peripherals; DLC carry over; and releasing only one disc with future content being DLC. The questions are, does anyone care? What are they doing new that people can't get on the previous generation?

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I've never got into Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but after Rocksmith, I just don't think I can waste countless hours learning to play a guitar that isn't real. But if they supported a Rocksmith or some other 1/4 inch to usb Tuner cable then that'd be something.

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@bamster28 You are missing the whole point of the games. They are supposed to be fun. They don't have to be realistic.

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No I haven't. I know games are supposed to be fun, I play games that have no educational value. I'm just saying that for me, if I gotta buy a bunch of hardware and learn how to play music inside of a game for a high score, I'd rather buy a guitar and learn how to actually play something than buy a mad catz periphrial that may or may not be just as expensive to play another game. They don't have to be realistic but that's just me in this particular situation.

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@bamster28 It makes more sense when you say it like that.

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"New peripherals will be coming through a partnership with Mad Catz"

Oh gawd. Mad Catz.

Anyway... what I'd really like to see is a 7-button guitar. Give people the option of selecting classic 5-button mode and the new 7-button mode, and stick 7 buttons on the controller. The problem with having the same setup time and time again is that eventually people get good at the game and then each subsequent release has a tracklist that's 80% boring to play. That's why I stopped buying these games. If they offered something a little different, I think they'd be better off. Not only that but if they offered a 7-button mode, people coming back with old peripherals that are supported might be tempted to pick up the new one to try the 7-button mode so it's a win-win for everybody.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh, I like this idea. My favorite part of these games was seeing myself progressively getting better. I started off barely being able to get through a song on medium and got to where I could 5 star almost every song on expert. More buttons seems like a much better way to add challenge to the game than making the charts super crazy.

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I would like a larger drum kit PLEASE

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You know you can already hook t up to an electronic drum kit and make it as large as you want it, right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No I didn't. Thanks.

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Great news

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Can't wait!

Avatar image for Warlord_Irochi

Existing peripherals? It will be interesting to see how they manage to do that.

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Nooooooooooooooooooo :(

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If they can get the old peripherals to work on the new systems, wouldn't that mean that Sony/Microsoft lied when they said that it wasn't possible for the last gen steering wheels to work on the PS4/Xbox One?

It's cool that they're allowing people to carry across the DLC though.

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They better work their butts off because I am not buying the kids all new hardware for this game. I still have 3 guitars in mint condition.

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But I already flipped all my peripherals on Craigslist.

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If this turns out to be a smashing hit, I wouldn't be surprised that Activision will also revive Guitar Hero as well. For god's sake, I hope Activision doesn't start releasing after and after Guitar Hero games which was the downfall of these games.

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Activision is already working on a new Guitar Hero, but they haven't announced it yet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> " I hope Activision doesn't start releasing after and after..."
I'm affraid that that is exactly is the only market procedure they know.

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Pleased to hear this announced, but WTF about dropping support for Pro instruments and keyboards? This is a serious step backwards Harmonix. I mainly played keyboards, pro drums and pro guitar in Rock Band 3 as the standard setup was getting a little too easy.

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I'm excited for RB 4. After a 5 year hiatus, I feel the game will be fun like it was, when RB 1 first came out. I like the idea of having the last gen controllers work for this gen, helps save space for more plastic peripherals.