On April 2nd, Harmonix will close the book on a rocking era in videogames when the team discontinues downloadable song support for its incredible rhythm music platform, Rock Band.
In a post on the official Rock Band forums, Harmonix wrote:
“As you may have seen in our recent announcement regarding the release of Rock Band Blitz tracks as singles, Rock Band DLC production has gradually slowed over the past 5 years.”
“With several new titles in development and developers needed to usher these new games along,” the announcement continued, “April 2nd will be the last weekly DLC release for Rock Band.”
There are still plenty of tracks already available for Rock Band, however, and the Harmonix team was able to maintain consistent weekly releases of new songs for the franchise over 275 weeks, with more than 4 000 songs making their way onto digital downloadable platforms. In recent months, though, Harmonix has “scaled production down as we’ve transitioned resources onto other projects.”
“We’re incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we’ve set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn’t have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing communit,” read the post, before closing out:
“We hope that you’ll all agree that this has been a tremendous run, and you should know it’s a ride that we at Harmonix have been thrilled to be a part of.
“Whether you waited in line for a midnight release of Rock Band over 5 years ago, or you just joined the party with Rock Band Blitz: whether you’ve downloaded every single song we’ve ever released, or you’ve just played on disc songs until your neighbours moved away: whether you’re a metal shredder, or a bubblegum pop singer: thank you for being a part of our band.
- Harmonix Music Systems
Which Rock Band games do you own and how often have you got together with friends to play in a raucous band? What tales of ‘the road’ do you have to share to mark this momentous occasion in Rock Band history and what are your favourite memories of the games?
What do you think Harmonix has in the works? A new Dance Central game? Some other new and crazy music title?