Break out that plastic drum kit and the four-buttoned guitar, and start practicing that power stance – James Hetfield style! Rock Band is planning to release the franchise’s fourth edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime this year.
The last last time we saw a new version of Rock Band was in October 2010, and downloadable additions to its library of songs stopped around 2013. Rumors of the game’s return began earlier this year when a handful of new songs were added to the library with titles that seemed to hint at a rebirth: Tenacious D’s “Rise of the Fenix” and Weezer’s “Back to the Shack.”
The video game developer (Harmonix) is planning a number of updates to the game and they’re working closely with Sony and Microsoft to make sure that any instrument sets bought for the game’s Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 editions will be compatible with the new version (**Apple could learn a thing or two from this, no?**) . The same goes for the libraries of songs players have built up over the years, though it’s possible tracks purchased through the Rock Band Network — which weren’t created by Harmonix and are therefore subject to licensing fees — won’t carry over. Either way, the game’s developers are promising a “top-tier soundtrack” for this round of RB.
In a short documentary clip, the peeps at Harmonix teased Rock Band 4, and noted they are making the game independently (previous editions were distributed through MTV Games and Electronic Arts). Check it out below.
And Hey! What has 2 thumbs and wants to be your drummer – – – This gal does.