Gamers Are Invited to Play the ‘Full Band Experience’ With All-New Hardware and Latest Tracks
EGX, the UK’s largest games event has today announced that Rock Band 4 will be playable at EGX this 24th – 27th September.
Featuring a world-class soundtrack of more than 60 tracks, access to more than 1,500 additional songs through the in-game Music Store and the ability to import and play previously purchased Rock Band tracks within the same console family at no additional cost, Rock Band 4 is the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming platform, launching on 6th October.
At EGX, visitors will be invited to play together as a band and enjoy an all-new UK pre-release playable demo of the game.
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. (“Harmonix”) and Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. today announced, that for the first time ever in Rock Band™ history, a Van Halen track will be a part of the already impressive Rock Band 4 soundtrack .Now fans will be able to play and perform the band’s legendary #1 hit “Panama” at launch, with more music from the band to be available for download from the ever-growing Rock Band Music Store after launch.
For years we’ve wanted to bring Van Halen’s music to Rock Band,
added Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak.
Not only are the songs incredible in their own right, but they’re amazingly fun to play and perform, whether you’re on guitar, bass, drums, or vocals.
Van Halen recently released remastered versions of their first six albums, as well as a newly recorded live album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. The band is currently on tour in multiple cities and venues throughout North America, and will be performing many of their hits from these classic albums. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Van Halen’s “Panama” joins an already impressive soundtrack line-up including music by Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold, The Black Keys, Elvis Presley, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, St. Vincent, Queens of the Stone Age, The Who, and more! A full list of songs announced for Rock Band 4 can be found here. Additionally, Rock Band 4 will be compatible with more than 1500 tracks available for download on the Rock Band Music Store.
Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming platform launches globally on October 6, 2015 for Xbox One™ and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
To view a Rock Band 4 gameplay preview featuring Van Halen’s “Panama”, see the video below.
The long-awaited return of the Rock Band franchise not only has a new feature, but, it you look closely, it also has a release date!
Yes, Harmonix are out to convince you that Rock Band 4 is the preferred music-based guitar thrasher you should be playing this year and they’ve released the following trailer to showcase the new freestyle mode.
The eagle-eyed among you will notice that pre-ordering will be available for a current release date of October the 6th. We have also learned that pre-ordering should also get you some 30 bonus track, presumably to be revealed shortly.
As we hinted at in the last few weeks, Harmonix have finally confirmed via their forums that Rock Band 4 for the Xbox One will release this autumn.
They have teamed up with Mad Catz to make sure that everybody will be ready to rock it out and bring the franchise to a new generation of consoles, focusing on the features and gameplay that people love and to expand the franchise in innovative ways that were touted to fans via a survey. What better way to find out what players want than a funky survey?
Harmonix Chief Executive Steve Janiak is clearly excited,
With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends.
Mad Catz President and CEO Darren Richardson added,
We couldn’t be happier to be working with Harmonix and help bring the band back together for the launch of Rock Band 4.
Rock Band 4 will support over 2000 tracks that have been released since the franchise was first launched back in 2007, so if you’ve got a smart playlist of tracks that you’d already bought on your 360, Harmonix say that as long as the track is still licensed you’ll be able to redownload it as legacy DLC. The timing of the release of this legacy DLC is yet to be determined, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few weeks for it to be transferred fully.
Harmonix are also working very hard with Mad Catz and Microsoft for a solution to making your legacy guitars, keyboard, mics and drums work with the One, more information on that will be coming at a later date. The good news is, if you are feeling a little flush in the cash department, Rock Band 4 will have a whole new range of One-compatible instruments.
To celebrate this announcement, you could crack out Rock Band 3 on your trusty 360, we know you still have it, and download “I Still Believe” by Frank Turner, for free! We love free stuff.
More details on the features will be forthcoming in May this year, but in the meantime, here’s a smart featurette from those enthusiastic Harmonix developers. What with This and Elite: Dangerous being confirm, I’m in about as much Xbox heaven as I can stand at the minute. What was your favourite Rock Band track? Let us know in the comments below.
Do you remember, when offline multi-player gaming involved swinging plastic guitars around your waist, desperately trying to hit the right colour in time with the beat, while following the Klax-like conveyor belt of colours hurtling towards you? When your friends were similarly trying to hit the right colours, or were warbling tunelessly into a microphone, desperate for that high note?
Well, nearly two whole years after Harmonix announced that they were stopping the regular DLC content for Rock Band 3, they’ve only gone and announced a reunion tour!
Have a quick look on the Xbox Store if you have the time. The last DLC that is listed was Free Fall by Rose of Jericho, back in October 2013. Come January the 21st, that’s about to change.
So, without further ado, I’m pleased to announce that it’s time to dust off those guitars and tap that mic. Coming for your delectation soon are: Rock Band mainstays, Foo Fighters have graciously allowed “Something From Nothing” from their recent album, ‘Sonic Highway‘. Avenged Sevenfold’s “Shepherds of Fire” from the 2013 album ‘Hail To The King‘ and making their Rock Band debut are the Arctic Monkeys with “R U Mine?” from the album ‘AM‘ from 2013.
Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
Avenged Sevenfold – Shepherds of Fire
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
Each track will cost 99p from UK consoles, and will be available from January 21st on Xbox 360.
The main question that will be on most people in the industry’s lips, however, will be why now? Harmonix have admitted that there is definite interest in reviving the genre on the next gen consoles, something which I for one would like to see. Add this to the fact that quite a few of the licenses for older DLC will be expiring in the near future, it makes you wonder if Harmonix are testing the water for the Xbox One release of a new Rock Band series. Until then it’s time to rock out to some new Foo Fighters.