Rock Band is set to return for a 4th installment of one of the most successful game franchises of all time. The smash hit game to play with friends and discover hidden musical talents that lets you play guitar, drums and sing along to hits will be available in stores by the end of the year, says developer Harmonix.
Rock Band 4 will be available on two consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. The Rock Band franchise, which made its debut back in 2007, and competitor Guitar Hero helped take music games to unseen heights and had a very successful run during the late 2000s.
The game’s tech developers are working to make older guitar and drum controllers work with the new consoles, but more info will be released in the next few days. The new Rock Band will have new songs during gameplay of course, but previously purchased songs can be added which is great news for gamers looking to transfer over their purchases from years past. Over 200 different tracks will be available at launch, with some back catalogue music that must be unlocked through challenges and new tunes will be added regularly after once the game is rolled out.
“Since the beginning, we’ve called Rock Band a music platform. Players responded by downloading hundreds of their favorite tracks, and building a massive library of playable music,” said Rock Band 4 product manager Daniel Sussman in a statement that accompanied the release announcement.
“It’s important for us to respect those purchases and enable our fans to bring that content over to the Rock Band platform on new generation consoles”, declared Sussman.
Players who’ve purchased or downloaded playable tracks on last-generation consoles will be able to download and play those tracks on their new platforms at no additional charge Hundreds of tracks will be available at launch, with more back catalog music – and new tracks – to be added regularly after launch.