Don't Expect Rock Band 4 Anytime Soon

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -

 You'll keep rockin' on the same disc...for now.
 You'll keep rockin' on the same disc...for now.
The soft commercial response to Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock prompted MTV Games to sell Harmonix and get out of games and Activision to send Guitar Hero into at least temporary retirement. Harmonix has no plans to ditch music video games, however, and in an far-reaching interview with Game Informer today, VP of strategy and business development Chris Rigopulos talked about the future.

Harmonix has already promised an announcement next month at E3 (another Dance Central, easily the most well received Kinect launch title, seems likely), but Rigopulos threw cold water on speculation we'd be seeing Rock Band 4. 

"We’re not planning a Rock Band 4 disc release in 2011," he said. "Rock Band 3 is a big game with lots of available music content and lots of new goals and challenges. We want to give our fans the time to explore that fully. But rest assured that Harmonix is still developing new ideas and concepts to advance the Rock Band franchise, and we look forward to sharing those when the time is right."

There's wiggle room there, of course, by specifically saying "disc release." Harmonix could implement new features into Rock Band 3 through a significant patch, but by all accounts, folks are happy keyboard tappin' on Rock Band 3. Having recently reduced the price to $19.99, there's now a very small barrier to entry.  
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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -

 You'll keep rockin' on the same disc...for now.
 You'll keep rockin' on the same disc...for now.
The soft commercial response to Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock prompted MTV Games to sell Harmonix and get out of games and Activision to send Guitar Hero into at least temporary retirement. Harmonix has no plans to ditch music video games, however, and in an far-reaching interview with Game Informer today, VP of strategy and business development Chris Rigopulos talked about the future.

Harmonix has already promised an announcement next month at E3 (another Dance Central, easily the most well received Kinect launch title, seems likely), but Rigopulos threw cold water on speculation we'd be seeing Rock Band 4. 

"We’re not planning a Rock Band 4 disc release in 2011," he said. "Rock Band 3 is a big game with lots of available music content and lots of new goals and challenges. We want to give our fans the time to explore that fully. But rest assured that Harmonix is still developing new ideas and concepts to advance the Rock Band franchise, and we look forward to sharing those when the time is right."

There's wiggle room there, of course, by specifically saying "disc release." Harmonix could implement new features into Rock Band 3 through a significant patch, but by all accounts, folks are happy keyboard tappin' on Rock Band 3. Having recently reduced the price to $19.99, there's now a very small barrier to entry.  
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#2 Posted by Ellis7x (27 posts) -

Not much they can do to it now anyway

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#3 Posted by baconbringer (42 posts) -

I expected this.

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#4 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6357 posts) -
@Ellis7x said:
" Not much they can do to it now anyway "
Pretty much.

Well Rock Band 3 is $10 at Toysrus. I am interested.
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#5 Posted by Malphye (414 posts) -

Right move not to release it in 2011. Still to early if they go in direction.

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#6 Posted by MeAuntieNora (979 posts) -

Call of Duty needs a break like this.

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#7 Edited by baconbringer (42 posts) -
@ThePhantomnaut:@ThePhantomnaut said:

" @Ellis7x said:

" Not much they can do to it now anyway "
Pretty much.
Well Rock Band 3 is $10 at Toysrus. I am interested.
"
Wow, that's a great deal... and kinda sad. It's a shame how activision over-saturated the rhythm genre.
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#8 Posted by MayorFeedback (685 posts) -

Not sure why anyone would want a Rock Band 4 right now anyway. The game itself is solid in every way and the DLC coming out every week is completely killer. Short of Pink Floyd: Rock Band or something like that, they're definitely set for a while. At least I am.

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#9 Edited by PLWolf (967 posts) -

Don't need RB4, just keep releasing tracks with Pro Guitar and I'll keep buying them.

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#10 Posted by Falconer (1988 posts) -

More Rush please? Please.....

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#11 Posted by MolluskLingers (117 posts) -

GH Skips 2011: RIP GH

RB Skips 2011: Harmonix are a smashing sucess! 

More biasm please.
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#12 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -

I'm satisfied with where Rock Band 3 is. No need to get a new game anytime soon. Just keep the tracks coming.

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#13 Posted by animathias (1271 posts) -

... Beatles DLC..? A man can dream.

Seriously, though, I wasn't expecting a Rock Band 4 this year. Rock Band 2 was 2008 and Rock Band 3 was 2010. Just keep the DLC coming.

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#14 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -

Just give me my Mike Patton Rock Band, Harmonix.

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#15 Posted by phish09 (1115 posts) -

Awesome.  Just give me some more Phish with pro keys and it's all gravy.

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#16 Posted by Orgophlax (17 posts) -
@Methodis said:
" GH Skips 2011: RIP GH
RB Skips 2011: Harmonix are a smashing sucess! 

More biasm please.
"
You really are insane.
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#17 Edited by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -
@Methodis said:

" GH Skips 2011: RIP GH RB Skips 2011: Harmonix are a smashing sucess! 

More biasm please.
"

lol
 

"The soft commercial response to Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock prompted MTV Games to sell Harmonix and get out of games and Activision to send Guitar Hero into at least temporary retirement."

Try reading an article for once. Troll harder.
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#18 Posted by QKT (254 posts) -

screw rock band 4, i want rock band: muse

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#19 Posted by JJWeatherman (14880 posts) -

Harmonix could implement new features into Rock Band 3 through a significant patch    

Iiiinteresting.

Meh, whenever Harmonix gets around to a RB4, it'll be fine by me.
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#20 Posted by Kyreo (4683 posts) -

I didn't even think there WAS going to be a Rock Band 4.

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#21 Posted by MolluskLingers (117 posts) -
@Orgophlax said:
" @Methodis said:
" GH Skips 2011: RIP GH
RB Skips 2011: Harmonix are a smashing sucess! 

More biasm please.
"
You really are insane. "
I'm sorry did I insult your favorite game developer
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#22 Posted by Cheesebob (1299 posts) -
@QKT:  I'd want a rock band Queen, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., The Clash and about 25 other bands before Muse.
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#23 Posted by shenstra (174 posts) -

All I want from Rock Band right now is some cymbals. They're only sold in full pro-drum kit form in Europe and I already have drums from The Beatles: Rock Band. Other than that, just keep bringing the DLC and I'll keep buying it.

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#24 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2471 posts) -

After the MTV fiasco I didn't think this would happen for a while. It's just too soon for a small company.

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#25 Edited by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -
@shenstra: You know you can just get the 3 cymbal pack for like $40. I picked them up at gamestop and attached them to my rock band 2 drums. It's pretty awesome.
edit: wait they don't have standalone cymbals in europe?
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#26 Posted by ch3burashka (6088 posts) -

That's what they said the last two times, too...

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#27 Posted by megalowho (1121 posts) -

Two words. Funk. Band.

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#28 Posted by FreakAche (3043 posts) -
@CH3BURASHKA: Yeah, but they were owned by Viacom the last two times. Things are probably going to change.
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#29 Posted by JJOR64 (19658 posts) -

Just picked up Rock Band 3 today.   :)

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#30 Posted by melcene (3214 posts) -

Considering the continued success of their DLC, they don't need to make another game yet.


I really like what they said in the original interview though, how the discs don't make as much sense as the DLC, music-wise, because the discs may only have so many songs people actually like, but the DLC allows the players to freely pick and choose.
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#31 Posted by TehFlan (1954 posts) -
@megalowho said:
" Two words. Funk. Band. "
I would buy that so hard you have no idea.
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#32 Posted by rmanthorp (4480 posts) -

I wasn't expecting a Rock Band 4 at all.

A man can hope...

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#33 Posted by QKT (254 posts) -
@Cheesebob: or maybe a rock band four with all of them in :D
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#34 Posted by Shivoa (1124 posts) -

Remember when RB was first sold as a platform, where new games wouldn't be a regular occurrence and everything would be DLC driven.

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#35 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2269 posts) -

I'm glad they own the IPs.

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#36 Posted by MolluskLingers (117 posts) -
@Shivoa said:
" Remember when RB was first sold as a platform, where new games wouldn't be a regular occurrence and everything would be DLC driven. "
wouldn't be the first time in a series of lies Harmonix has made to its fans.
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#37 Posted by RE_Player1 (8002 posts) -
@Methodis said:
" @Shivoa said:
" Remember when RB was first sold as a platform, where new games wouldn't be a regular occurrence and everything would be DLC driven. "
wouldn't be the first time in a series of lies Harmonix has made to its fans. "
I don't think they ever meant to make a Rock Band 2. That was directly due to Activision making full band game and they needed something on shelves that could compete. 
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#38 Posted by MythDarK (687 posts) -

Isn't Rock Band 3 already the ultimate game in the genre?

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#40 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -
@Methodis said:
" @Shivoa said:
" Remember when RB was first sold as a platform, where new games wouldn't be a regular occurrence and everything would be DLC driven. "
wouldn't be the first time in a series of lies Harmonix has made to its fans. "
I can live with a few "lies", since they gave me the keyboard support and Pro mode.
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#41 Posted by TvsFranksWildYears (29 posts) -

Smart move. It'll keep rock Band profitable. Maybe if Guitar Hero had stuck to more DLC and less full- on games, they would still be in business. 

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#42 Posted by Smallville123 (449 posts) -

See harmonix is smart and not fucking DESTROYING their properties like ActiVision

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#43 Posted by m2cks (630 posts) -
@shenstra said:
"All I want from Rock Band right now is some cymbals. They're only sold in full pro-drum kit form in Europe and I already have drums from The Beatles: Rock Band. Other than that, just keep bringing the DLC and I'll keep buying it. "

Really? That's odd. Here in North America there are separate cymbal add-on packages available in addition to a full-on drumkit. There is nothing of the sort over there as well? Maybe you can find a place online where you can import it.
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#44 Posted by Winsord (1497 posts) -

I don't need RB4 quite yet, so that's alright. Though I do wish they'd downloadable music more suited to my tastes. :P

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#45 Posted by Malakhii (1444 posts) -

Not surprising considering how Rock Band 3 ended up selling. I still love it though, and I'll be more then happy with it for a while. 

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#46 Posted by PerfidiousSinn (884 posts) -

There doesn't need to be a Rock Band 4, really. They already have all the instruments that matter, what else would they add? Theremin? That would be impossible to convert to video game form. Trumpet? Lame. Bassoon? Now you're just being silly.

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#47 Posted by Stackboy (713 posts) -

If they added more Road Challenges to RB3, I'd be happy with this. Still tons of great songs to play. Dance Central 2 is a shoe in at E3, surely.

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#48 Posted by shenstra (174 posts) -
@Afroman269 said:
" @shenstra: You know you can just get the 3 cymbal pack for like $40. I picked them up at gamestop and attached them to my rock band 2 drums. It's pretty awesome.
edit: wait they don't have standalone cymbals in europe?
"
Yup, no stand-alone cymbals. They're only available packed in with a drumkit for roughly $225 (including tax). MadCatz doesn't think it's worth the trouble because we never got Rock Band 2. Never mind all the people who bought The Beatles: Rock Band, who only need the cymbals. Some official MC importers sold separate cymbals through their websites, but for some insane reason they only sell within country borders, so even then only Brits and Germans could get them. I can actually import them from the US, but shipping costs make that rather expensive as well.
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#49 Posted by datarez (836 posts) -

Thank goodness.  I'm still barely getting into the actual challenge stuff of RB3.  I've mostly just made playlists and went when having people over until now.

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#50 Posted by Stahlbrand (901 posts) -

Who was really expecting RB4 in 2011?  A major title update to RB3 maybe, continued robust DLC certainly, but not a new disc.

I just got back to regularly playing RB3 in the last few weeks.  Lots of clutch DLC in the last few months.

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