After months of speculation, Harmonix has finally pulled back the curtain on its latest game. Dust off your plastic guitars: there’s another Rock Band on the way later this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Rock Band, in my humble opinion, the best party game around, so I suspect this should be welcome news to a number of fans out there.
Rock Band 4 seemed like an inevitability – given the email gauging interest in a future Rock Band title and the recent restart of their DLC program – but now it’s official.
If you already have a collection of plastic instruments at your disposal, you just might have to upgrade (again.) Harmonix says they’re “working … on solutions for letting you use legacy hardware.” Considering how noncommittal that sounds, you may have to brace yourself to purchase a brand new set of everything. Bad news for pianists too: the keyboard is out on this version, as Rock Band 4 will “focus on the core experience and the roots of the franchise – guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.”
Legacy DLC songs, on the other hand, have some better news. Songs previously downloaded for older platforms will work for the newest version, provided that purchases occur within the same platform family (e.g., PS3 -> PS4). They didn’t actually say “no” to cross-platform DLC, but it seems extremely unlikely such a thing would be possible.
People attending PAX East this weekend can pre-order an exclusive Penny Arcade-themed guitar at Harmonix’s booth during the convention.
Rock Band 4 is due out later this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and is available for pre-order today.