Written and Edited by ( GeekyGothGamerDad ) Lynn Gerena
After months of rumors and hints , Harmonix has just confirmed that the Rock Band series will be returning on current-gen consoles this year.
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced today an agreement with Harmonix Music Systems , Inc. (“Harmonix”) to launch Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music-gaming platform, later this year for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Mad Catz will develop a new generation of wireless Rock Band 4 music game controllers. The announced controllers are the following.
Harmonix intends it to be fully backwards-compatible with ALL plastic instruments you may have already bought back in the mid-late '00s, and is working with Microsoft and Sony to make this a reality
- All the DLC you bought for last-gen versions of Rock Band will be carried over (again, depending on the platform holders' co-operation)
- There will be new instruments to buy if you want to buy them, and people who pre-order them will get exclusive colours
- The new controllers will be largely similar in size and shape to the old ones, as Harmonix still has a relationship with Fender, but they will be identical in functionality: no new bells and whistles
- It's no longer being published by EA – instead, Harmonix is partnering with Mad Catz both to manufacture the new instruments and to distribute the boxed game
- Rock Band 4 is intended to be a platform that lasts for years rather than the first step in another sequence of yearly releases. It will be continuously updated with new songs, modes, and anything else the community wants
- It will be out during summer
On top of that to celebrate the announcement of Rock Band 4, Harmonix are offering a special edition, Wireless Stratocaster Guitar Controller, featuring custom artwork of “Gabe” from the immensely popular Penny Arcade webcomic. This limited-edition collectible is only available for on-site pre-orders at the Harmonix booth during the PAX East video game festival.