Rock Band

Rock Star 4 coming to PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Rock Star 4 coming to PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Did you miss standing in front of your TV and rocking out? If you haven’t smashed your plastic guitar to bits after getting through a flawless rendition of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (and if you did, Pete Townshend is sad for you), we’ve got good news. It’s time to get your band back together. Harmonix, the team behind Rock Band, is refreshing the franchise after a fie year sabbatical. The latest iteration, Rock Band 4, will come to PlayStation and Xbox this Fall.

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Harmonix hiring for next-gen, real-time combat game

Harmonix hiring for next-gen, real-time combat game

Well here's something we definitely weren't expecting to see today: Harmonix, the genius studio behind Rock Band and Guitar Hero, is apparently developing a real-time combat game for next generation consoles. A job ad on Gamasutra reveals as much, with Harmonix looking for a "Combat Designer to create real-time, single-player combat experiences for a brand new IP on next generation hardware." In other words, it would appear that Harmonix is ready to branch out from the rhythm genre.

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Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

EA confirmed yesterday that it would be pulling its two Rock Band games from the iTunes App Store by July 31, 2012. Although gamers will still be able to play them locally, both Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will not be available to download after the 31st. There was actually a bit of hint about it back in May when gamers opened the game and were shown a message stating that the game would expire by the end of the month. EA said it was an error, but it may have suggested something about the games' eventual removal from the App Store.

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Rock Band Blitz hits XBLA and PSN in August

Rock Band Blitz hits XBLA and PSN in August

Harmonix has announced that its downloadable Rock Band spin-off Rock Band Blitz will release on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next month. PS3 owners will get it first, with the game releasing for PSN on August 28. Those playing on Xbox 360 will have to wait a day longer, as the XBLA version doesn't launch until the following day, August 29. Rock Band Blitz will cost $14.99 on PSN and 1200 MSP on Xbox Live Arcade.

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Harmonix Rock Band Blitz teased

Harmonix Rock Band Blitz teased

Yes, Rock Band is still alive and well! Well, it's alive at least. Harmonix is out to prove that it's still toiling away in its studios, creating the next evolution in music gaming goodness. However, the next chapter in the storied Rock Band saga won't be as expansive and massive as its predecessors. It will in fact be quite modest by comparison. It is a slight admission that Rock Band is not what it used to be.

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Harmonix game in the works for Xbox Live, PSN, and Facebook?

Harmonix game in the works for Xbox Live, PSN, and Facebook?

The guys at Harmonix are fairly occupied working on continuous downloadable content for Dance Central, but apparently there is something else in the works for the music game moguls. Brian Chan, who was the senior designer for Rock Band 3, has mentioned on his own public resume that he has begun working on a new Harmonix project, but nothing matching his description has yet been announced by the video game company.

Harmonix Confirms They’ll Keep IP Rights to Rock Band and Dance Central

Harmonix Confirms They’ll Keep IP Rights to Rock Band and Dance Central

With the official announcement from Viacom and developer Harmonix that the two companies would be splitting up, and the latter would be considered an independent studio again, there was some confusion as to what the future of downloadable content (DLC) would look like for both games. We previously reported that Harmonix said that DLC for Rock Band would continue right on schedule, but there was some confusion as to whether that had anything to do with Viacom, or if it could change at any given moment. The developer has confirmed to Joystiq that they do indeed still own the IP rights for both games, and that everything is still up to them.

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Harmonix Officially Splits From Viacom, is Independent Once Again

Harmonix Officially Splits From Viacom, is Independent Once Again

It's been over a month since we first heard about the split between Harmonix and Viacom. With the help of investment company Columbus Nova, Harmonix is "returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio." For anyone who purchased a Rock Band title, as well as the recently released Dance Central, Harmonix has every intention of continuing to support those titles with future downloadable content (DLC).

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Rock Band Reloaded Announced by EA Games for iPhone and iPad

Rock Band Reloaded Announced by EA Games for iPhone and iPad

More than 30 songs are available in this new expansion from artists such as Nirvana, No Doubt, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend (which one doesn't belong? lols) and a brand new "5th Way to Play" is introduced where you're able to sing directly into your device using brand spanking new voice recognition features. No more singing to your television looking like a jerk! Now you can sing to your iPad! Hooray! This expansion is called Rock Band Reloaded (and Rock Band Reloaded HD) and is only available for iPhone (and iPad) - it's got "flexible controls providing ultimate customization for all play styles"! Multiplayer mode where you can play head to head on split screen (an epic feat on an iPhone to be sure) and a new "Big Drums" layout.

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