Rock Band 4 Update 12/8 introduces Brutal Mode

A new Rock Band 4 update is giving difficulty a whole new meaning. Brutal Mode makes notes disappear while you play.

Are you ever been playing Expert in Rock Band 4 and you say to yourself, "This is so easy, I wish I didn't have to look at the notes."? Harmonix was thinking about you.

In tomorrow's Rock Band 4 update, Brutal Mode will be announced allowing you to play expert songs without seeing at the track. From the horse's mouth, here's how it works:

Available in solo or multiplayer, Brutal Mode modifies the note track to react to how well you are playing. The better you play, the harder it gets. Players who master this mode are rewarded with a new Star threshold beyond Gold: the Crimson Star!

-Harmonix Blog on Rock Band 4 Brutal Mode

As seen in the video above, the better a person plays, the fewer notes they'll be able to see, eventually leading to a nearly naked note track. Brutal Mode can be accessed off the Main Menu and is included in the upcoming update - entirely free of charge. 

Brutal Mode Battle

As an incentive to play the all new Brutal Mode, Harmonix is hosting a nationwide Rock Band 4 "Brutal Mode Battle". By heading to (when the link is live (presumably December 8th)), players can sign up to play in a preliminary round of the competition from December 8th to 13th. 

Ten on-disc songs will be played by each participant as many times as they like during the preliminary round with the top five aggregate scores moving to the finals, hosted in Boston.

On Saturday, December 19th, the finalists will compete through a number of songs, though the exact number, difficulty, or song titles are unbeknownst to both the general public and to the finalists themselves.


In addition to the round-trip airfare to and lodging in Boston (provided to all five finalists), the top three players will receive:

  • One limited edition PAX East Penny Arcade Rock Band 4 controller.
  • The three DLC tracks releasing tomorrow, December 8th, 2016.

The player who takes first place will win all of the above AND:

  • A custom Rock Band skinned Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and controller.
  • The entire year's worth of FREE DLC for Rock Band 4.
  • A $1,000 cash prize.

Interested players should head to the Harmonix Blog for more info, including the 10 preliminary round songs.


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Published Dec. 7th 2015

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