New Rock Band Game in Development for Xbox One and PS4

Winter is already here, but a new ROCK BAND is coming!

Dust off that leather jacket, slide on those torn jeans, and start calling up your old crew: it's time for Rock Band to make a comeback!

Back in January, Harmonix Music Systems Inc. sent out a survey to their newsletter subscribers seeing if a new Rock Band title for the current console generation was something the fans would like to see. Well, Harmonix must have garnered a widely positive reaction, because a source at Bloomberg tells them that Harmonix is now hard at work on the newest edition of Rock Band for PS4 and Xbox One.

Following the release of Rock Band 2, band game sales began to plummet drastically. Viacom sold Harmonix to investment firm Columbus Nova LLC, and Activision's Guitar Hero franchise closed up shop in 2011. While we have not seen a new Rock Band game since 2012's Rock Band Blitz, Harmonix has been creating a whole new slate of music and rhythm games, including:


But with recent Rock Band DLC being released, a current vaccum of instrument-peripheral music games in the market, and time away for Harmonix to grow beyond the games that made them widely known, the next generation of Rock Band games may very well be a huge success and a welcome addition to college dorms and living rooms everywhere.

Are you going to be picking up the new Rock Band game? Let us know down below in the comments!

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Published Feb. 22nd 2015
  • topher339
    If they do bring it back I just may end up with a copy. Hopefully they'll come up with a more lefty-friendly guitar though. Always hated using the thing.
  • Nick Boisson
    Featured Contributor
    If not, I'm sure a third party like MadCatz will make one.
  • Vijemo Media
    Crazy to think that this all started back towards the end of the Xbox/Ps2 generation isn't it? It was shy of ten years ago now that GH1 was released.

    I'm excited to see Rock band come to current gen. I don't see the need for am almost yearly release like we were having, but to have one release per generation would be fine, with software updates and song DLC's being handled through PSN and XBL.

    What I would like to see, is cross compatibility with Rocksmith, so you could have someone playing on a controller, and if one were so inclined, to play along with the actual instrument.
  • Nick Boisson
    Featured Contributor
    They actually did that with ROCK BAND 3. You were able to plug in pro peripherals and play the songs the way they were meant to be played. I'm sure the new game will have that option, as well.
  • Vijemo Media
    Oh! I was unaware. I suppose I had already grown away from the series by then, but I would still like to have one for the XBone!

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