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Rock Band 4 is happening!

Jonathan Lester
Music games, PS4 games, Rock Band 4, Xbox One Games

Rock Band 4 is happening!

DLC transfer & legacy instruments confirmed

Boom. Drop the mic. Then pick it up and sing into it.

After weeks of rumours, Rock Band 4 has been announced for PS4 and Xbox One, and it's pretty much the best case scenario we could have hoped for.

Though details are thin on the ground, Harmonix have revealed that Rock Band 4 will release this year, powered by a new engine and offering over 2000 songs.

More excitingly, however, Harmonix are doing their best to ensure that our old peripherals are supported, meaning that we presumably won't have to shell out loads more money on more plastic axes, mics and drums. This is an absolute coup, since we were concerned that the cost of buying new instruments would have stopped the comeback before it started.

Of course, there will be new instruments should you need them. Take a look:

Rock Band 4 is happening!

Rock Band 4 is happening!

What's more, the DLC side of things is sewn up too. "Content purchased from the store or exported from a disc will transfer over to the new generation of consoles at not addition cost as we make that content available," Harmonix explains, though it's worth noting that you can naturally only transfer over from PS3 -> PS4 or Xbox 360 -> Xbox One.

We'll keep you up to date with the latest details. Is what I would say if I was attempting to maintain professional detachment, but instead, I'd like to add that I'm so freaking ready. What about you?

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wiggedywoo  Mar. 5, 2015 at 14:12

Sweet, will have to get the ION out of the attic. I'll be over the moon if it supports existing DLC.

wiggedywoo  Mar. 5, 2015 at 14:14

And here's a handy FAQ for you!

Q: When is RB4 coming out?!
A: Rock Band will be out this year. Stay tuned for more specifics in the coming months.

Q: What consoles is RB4 coming out for?
A: Rock Band 4 will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Q: Why not Wii / Wii U / PC?
A: Due to shifting production priorities and capabilities of the studio, we don’t currently have plans to release RB4 on the Wii / Wii U / PC simultaneously with Xbox One and PS4. While we genuinely appreciate the support of Wii Rock band users over the years, and the increased interest from PC gamers, the truth is that we had to prioritize opportunities on other platforms with historically larger RB audiences.

Q: Will my old DLC work on the next gen console of the same type, i.e. PS3 -> PS4?
A: Yes! Content purchased from the store or exported from a disc will transfer over to the new generation of consoles at not addition cost as we make that content available.

Q: Will my old DLC work if I bought a different next gen console, i.e. Xbox 360 -> PS4?
A: Cross platform DLC compatibility is not entirely within our control, as DLC ownership is managed by the 1st parties.

Q: Will my old hardware work?
A: We’re already working closely with Mad Catz, Sony, and Microsoft on solutions for letting you use legacy hardware on new consoles. This is a challenge on both the software side and hardware side, but something we’d love to happen. We’ll have more information on this in the coming months.

Q: Will you be making new hardware?
A: Yes we will! You can preorder a new PAX East exclusive guitar if you come by the Harmonix booth! We’re working with Mad Catz, who has a lot of history with RB gear, and we’re excited to get more instruments back into the world.

Q: Will there be any new instruments, i.e. a tuba, accordion, mouth harp, etc?
A: We’re concentrating on the core band that people are most familiar with (guitar, bass, drums, and mic) rather than expanding on the types of playable instruments in RB4.

Q: What will the new Rock Band cost?
A: Sorry, but we’re not talking about pricing at this time.

Q: What instruments will be playable? Wiill RB4 have Pro guitar and keys?
A: Rock Band 4 will focus on the core experience and the roots of the franchise – guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. There will be no Pro Guitar or key support in Rock Band 4. We will continue to support “Pro” mode for Drums.

Q: What are the new features?
A: We’re not quite ready to reveal the evolutionary features of Rock Band 4, but we’re excited to show you in the coming months how we’re expanding the core gameplay you love.

Q: Will you be bringing back [Random Feature X]?
A: We’re not quite ready to reveal the feature set of Rock Band 4 yet, but keep posted for more info!

Q: Will you have songs by [Random Band X]?
A: We’re not talking about the disc soundtrack just yet, but you can bet it’ll be awesome. Over 2000 songs spanning over 500 artists already exist in Rock Band catalog and we’re committed to expanding that and supporting the game post-launch with DLC, and we’re always looking for new bands and sounds, so keep the suggestions coming! Let us know what you want at RockBand.com/request

Q: When will you have more news about RB4?
A: Soon! Keep posted to our social channels and the Harmonix forums for updates.

Q: When can I preorder RB4?
A: You can sign up for preorder notifications right now at RockBand.com/preorder!

stevenjameshyde  Mar. 5, 2015 at 14:54

I might have to buy an XBox One for this. All of my old DLC and instruments are on 360, and Sony's pathetic record of releasing music game DLC on the EU store for PS4 doesn't inspire confidence. Trouble is I need to persuade my three PS4-owning bandmates to do the same...

Late  Mar. 5, 2015 at 18:35

Sweeeeeet! :D

Manny10  Mar. 6, 2015 at 01:06

How much will a bundle with a guitar and drums cost?

JonLester  Mar. 6, 2015 at 09:27

@Manny10: TBA - we'll let you know.


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