Harmonix have finally bit the bullet and parted company with their financially stricken hardware partners, Mad Catz. The pair had recently launched the new wave of the Rock Band franchise, Rock Band 4, but were beset with reported harware stock shortages at launch.
Announced yesterday, Harmonix have signed a new hardware partnership agreement with accessory maker, Performance Design Products, or PDP for short. PDP will develop and produce hardware for all future Rock Band 4 releases, including a major feature update coming to the title this autumn.
Harmonix CEO, Steve Janiak;
As we look to fully achieve our goal of creating this console generation’s category-defining music gaming platform, we need to partner with a truly world-class manufacturer that can operate at the scale Rock Band requires. PDP has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, customer satisfaction and quality. They have the logistical and technical expertise to support Harmonix’s ambitious plans for the future of Rock Band, with new hardware alongside a major Rock Band 4 feature update coming this Fall.
Rock Band 4 has already released five free title updates, and I’m hoping, nay expecting, that more gaming accessories for the title will become available to those of us still relying on their 360 controllers for plastic guitar-strumming fun.