Last week I brought you the news that Guitar Hero publisher Activision is really working hard at trying to put user-generated tracks into the game, even if won’t be ready for another 5 years or more. We already knew that Harmonix wants to do the same thing for Rock Band, and from a recent interview with Greg LoPiccolo, their stance hasn’t changed much.
We would like to make it possible for people to introduce their own music into the Rock Band ecosystem, which is a pretty complicated topic.
It isn’t easy to achieve – there are IP issues, ratings issues, and so forth. So there are a lot of things to work through to get that to work, but that seems like a natural direction for the franchise to move.
We’d love to have it be a vehicle for people to be able to express themselves in terms of creating their own music and bringing it to a wider audience.
While that’s much of the same that we’ve heard before, it’s good to know that they are still pursuing it. On an unrelated note, he mentioned that they’ve been getting a lot of requests for a keyboard peripheral. He said that something that could be possible in the future, but it would be really difficult to do. Not only are things setup for 4-instrument songs, but you’ll have a much smaller selection of tracks if you have to include the keyboard.