Rock Band

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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Viacom is No Longer a Rock Band Company

Viacom is No Longer a Rock Band Company

I should have title this post "Viacom hates to have fun, and also music" - but no, they did play a big part in the rock and roll video game wars of the past few years. I give them a hearty handshake for that. The entertainment company (Viacom Inc) is getting ready now to unload the entire Rock Band line of games via its Harmonix videogame division. This is due, of course, to recent falling profits, that being 59 percent during the last quarter in which is due in a large part to $250 million in write-downs relating to the Harmonix branch of their videogame division. Bummer!

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SlashGear You Rock Guitar Giveaway!

SlashGear You Rock Guitar Giveaway!

Even if you haven't got an iPad, we've still got a great giveaway for you. Inspired Instruments has given us one of their You Rock Guitars to give away, billed as "the most versatile rock guitar on the planet". Not only goes the You Rock Guitar work with Rockband and Guitar Hero, it also works as a full MIDI controller instrument for proper recording, and as a standard digital guitar for use with an amp!

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The Daily Slash: July 19th 2010

The Daily Slash: July 19th 2010

Is it Monday already? Wait, that can't be how that saying goes. Anyway, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, we're glad to have you. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got Samsung pulling the Android 1.6 update from the Behold II, Netflix is heading North, and Sharp wants you to love the Sidekick. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got a release date for Rock Band 3. So, sit tight, and get to reading, because there's no time like the present.

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Rock Band 3 gets detailed: controllers, challenges and more

Rock Band 3 gets detailed: controllers, challenges and more

Having been spotted flaunting its keyboard controller on video yesterday, Rock Band 3 has come clean in a hands-on preview over at Joystiq.  All of the new controller hardware has been revealed, including the $150 Fender Mustang Pro and Squier Stratocaster (the latter of which can be used as a fully-functional, regular electric guitar), the three new cymbals and the MIDI-capable keytar.

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