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Rock Band 4 gets online multiplayer, ION Drum Kit adapter for Xbox One

Rock Band 4 gets online multiplayer, ION Drum Kit adapter for Xbox One

After the disappointment of Harmonix's efforts to crowdfund a PC version of Rock Band 4, you'd think that we wouldn't hear much about the game for a little while. That turned out to be far from the truth at PAX this past weekend. The developer laid out a roadmap of future plans for the game, and there's quite a bit to see.

Starting in May, we'll see the ability to plug in a second kick pedal on the standard drum kits. That means you'll finally be able to nail some of those brutal kicks (but you'll still never be Neil Peart). They're also planning on releasing a couple of Battleborn characters for the game. You'll be able to add Miko and Thorn as members of your band, if you need a little variety in your lineup.

June will bring Practice Mode back to the franchise. This mode lets you pick out specific sections of a song, slow them down, and really practice them. This was a favorite feature of mine in earlier Rock Band games, as I enjoyed figuring out those solos and such at my own pace, before unleashing them on my friends while we were jamming.

Sometime in the Fall, Harmonix will be releasing their first expansion pack for the game. They're not planning on talking about it much until E3, but they're planning on releasing a bunch of new features in the expansion, including better ways to filter your enormous libraries.

Fall will also bring the one feature that has held me back from purchasing Rock Band 4. I was pretty dedicated to drumming in the early Rock Band games, and picked up the ION Rocker drum kit, which is a semi-professional drum kit that was designed specifically for Rock Band. Unfortunately, since it was designed for the Xbox 360, and Microsoft doesn't allow the use of 360 peripherals on the Xbox One, ION kit owners have not been able to use their favorite drum kit.

Harmonix is teaming up with PDP to release a special adapter that will let drummers like myself use their kit on the Xbox One.

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The final announcement was that the team is hard at work on online multiplayer capabilities for the game. While I prefer to rock out with my friends in person, it's not always easy to get everyone together. Sometime toward the end of the year, we should expect the ability to play with our friends, regardless of where they are.

Source: Harmonix

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The Beatles: Rock Band DLC will disappear next month

The Beatles: Rock Band DLC will disappear next month

Rock Band is a game that holds a special place in my heart. Sure, Guitar Hero introduced me to the genre, but I've spent so many nights rocking out with my friends on our sweet plastic instruments. The game has nearly 1,700 downloadable songs that have been released, but starting next month, some of them will disappear forever.

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Rock Band 4 for PC scrapped as funding campaign falls short

Rock Band 4 for PC scrapped as funding campaign falls short

Bad news, folks. Harmonix has scrapped plans to bring Rock Band 4 to PC (for now, at least) due to the funding campaign's failure to meet its goal. The developer had sought funding on Fig, where it had a goal of $1.5 million with plans to contribute the other needed $500,000 itself if the campaign was fully funded. As of yesterday’s deadline, Harmonix has raised about half its goal at $792,000, and it says it won't be proceeding as a result.

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Rock Band 4 is coming to the PC, if they can get the funds

Rock Band 4 is coming to the PC, if they can get the funds

My love affair with Rock Band has been well-documented here at SlashGear, since I first heard about the game back in 2007. I drove about 6 hours just to play the game for the first time, when Harmonix took the game on tour. Well, nearly a decade has passed since those days, and the team behind the game are working on something they've been wanting to do since the very first Rock Band came out.

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Rock Band 1 tracks can now be imported on Xbox One

Rock Band 1 tracks can now be imported on Xbox One

Last week we brought you the news that after months of waiting, PS4 owners could finally import their Rock Band 1 tracks into the latest installment of the game. Unfortunately, the same was not true for Xbox One owners. The developers confirmed that they were still hard at work solving the issue on Microsoft's gaming platform, but no solid time frame was given.

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Rock Band 4 leaderboards to be reset, following bug fixes

Rock Band 4 leaderboards to be reset, following bug fixes

Back when the first and second Rock Band games came out, I played them nonstop. I worked hard on the drums to climb the leaderboards, and for a while, held a rank that I was pretty proud of. If Harmonix had made today's announcement back then, I'd have been pretty bummed out.

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Rock Band 4 gets a brutal new mode

Rock Band 4 gets a brutal new mode

You might think that Rock Band hasn't changed a lot since it originally debuted back in 2007. However, since its inception, Harmonix has put a lot of effort into making the game more realistic, with things like “pro” modes for the guitar and drums. Well this week, they're bringing a new update to the game that adds a completely new level of difficulty.

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Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

If you've ever dreamed of really becoming a rockstar, then be prepared to finally make your dream a virtual reality (yay for puns!). Harmonix is finally jumping on the VR train and will be taking Rock Band to the Oculus Rift next year. So if belting out tunes on your guitar or hammering at that drum isn't enough to get your artistic juices flowing, then it might be time for you to invest on an Oculus Rift headgear. Or wait for one to become commercially available.

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Rock Band coming to latest consoles says tipster

Rock Band coming to latest consoles says tipster

For a few years, music games were some of the most popular games on consoles out there. We had Guitar Hero and Rock Band taking top spots on sales charts for a bit. It's been several years now since we had a new Rock Band game launch and popularity of music games have waned. A source has come forward and said that a new Rock Band title is in the works.

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Chroma: Guitar Hero creators make music a weapon

Chroma: Guitar Hero creators make music a weapon

Remember back when Harmonix revealed that they'd be hiring for a first-person shooter back in August of 2012? It's time! Harmonix' developers have brought the world the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and this week they’ve revealed a title that should once again pave new ground in the gaming industry.

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Harmonix game reveal tomorrow: Rock Band, Dance Central off limits

Harmonix game reveal tomorrow: Rock Band, Dance Central off limits

After discontinuing its Rock Band weekly DLC, Harmonix has revealed its plans for a new game, only this time it doesn't revolve around the Rock Band or Dance Central franchises. That likely means it'll be a completely new take on the type of games that the game developing company is usually known for.

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Rock Band’s last downloadable song will be Don McLean’s “American Pie”

Rock Band’s last downloadable song will be Don McLean’s “American Pie”

Developer Harmonix announced last month that continued DLC content for Rock Band would be ending in April, and that time is slowly approaching, sadly. The developer has announced the last song to come off the Rock Band DLC assembly line, which will be Don McLean's 1971 classic "American Pie". The song will be available for download on April 2.

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