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Can Rock Band Save Music Games?

Harmonix on making keyboards sexy and crafting its defining statement.

Rock Band 3

Finished symphony.

VideoRock Band 3 keyboard detailed

Tinkling the ivory, or plastic rather.

Key events

28th October 2010

Rock Band 3

23rd August 2010

Rock Band 3 trailer

Why music games aren't dead

New book predicts a healthy future.

Despite Guitar Hero's bubble bursting earlier this year, the music genre is in great shape and looks set for major growth over the next few years, according to a new book on the genre out this week.

Viacom sues Harmonix for $131m

Claims original merger was miscalculated.

Shareholders in Rock Band developer Harmonix are being sued by the studio's former owner Viacom for a hefty $131 million.

Harmonix: independence is "terrific"

Rock Band dev details flurry of activity.

Harmonix's split from Viacom earlier this year has rejuvenated the studio and inspired a flurry of creativity, the developer has told Eurogamer.

Beastie Boys DLC for Rock Band 3

James Brown classic also added.

Veteran hip hoppers Beastie Boys and soul legend James Brown are among the artists heading to the Rock Band store next week.

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Ozzy DLC for Rock Band 3

Eight tracks available next week.

Black Sabbath survivor Ozzy Osbourne is the latest artist to get the Rock Band 3 DLC treatment, with an eight-song track pack due out on 31st May.

Foo Fighters DLC for Rock Band 3

Four tracks from Grohl and co next week.

Foo Fighters head up the next batch of Rock Band 3 DLC, with four tracks from the US alt-rockers up for download next week.

DragonForce DLC for Rock Band 3

'...Fire and Flames' gets Pro Guitar add-on.

DragonForce's infamous Guitar Hero III work-out, Through the Fire and Flames, migrates to Rock Band 3 next week.

Harmonix will "happily welcome" GH users

Rock Band dev hails fallen competitor.

Rock Band developer and original Guitar Hero creator Harmonix has paid tribute to Activision's recently axed franchise - and encouraged users to hop on over to its brand.

Super Meat Boy tunes for Rock Band

Ludicrous difficulty confirmed.

Three tracks from hit indie platformer Super Meat Boy's soundtrack are heading to Rock Band Network, composer Danny Baranowsky has confirmed.

Harmonix lays off staff

Rock Band dev cuts 12-15% of workforce.

Troubled Rock Band developer Harmonix has made between 12 and 15 per cent of its workforce redundant this week, the studio has confirmed.

New Rock Band 3 update detailed

New Rock Band 3 update detailed

Game-breaking eyebrow glitch fixed.

Rock Band 3 gets a hefty new title update today, developer Harmonix has announced.

Among the fixes for the barnstormingly brilliant rhythm action epic, is a patch for a game-breaking bug that causes a crash if you choose "a particular eyebrow asset" in the character customisation screen.

That's clearly the headliner, but there are a number of other gameplay tweaks included too. Here's the full list, as published on the game's official forum:

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Harmonix ditches Wii RBN support for RB3

"Limited demand" on Nintendo's console.

Rock Band 3 developer Harmonix has hit a bum note with Wii users, announcing it's to stop offering new Rock Band Network tracks for the console as of next week.

Paul McCartney hits Rock Band 3

Inhabited and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

A four pack of songs from Paul McCartney, and singles from Inhabited and Siouxsie and The Banshees, will be available to download from the Rock Band 3 Music Store from 28th December.

Rock Band dev suing parent company

Harmonix sale turns sour with lawsuit.

The sale of Rock Band developer Harmonix by parent company Viacom has turned sour after the developer filed a lawsuit that alleges Viacom "diverted opportunities" from Harmonix for its own benefit so it wouldn't have to fork out millions in performance-related bonuses.

Following last week's Queen pack and Bon Jovi before that, famed ivory-tinkler Billy Joel is the latest contemporary recording artist to scissor-kick his way onto the Rock Band Store.

Queen DLC for Rock Band 3

Rock 'n' royal.

Queen is the latest act to power-slide into the Rock Band 3 spotlight, with 13 tracks by the glam rock legends to be made available for download next week.

Rock Band 3 pause scoring exploit fixed

Title update addresses community complaints.

Up for sale developer Harmonix has made good on its promise to continue to support Rock Band 3 with a title update that fixes a number of problems gamers have complained about.

EA boss sees a future for music genre

Plus, clarifies Harmonix buy-out comments.

Rock Band 3 distributor EA doesn't believe the music genre is dead in the water, despite key franchises seeing dismal sales this year.

Will EA buy Rock Band dev Harmonix?

Would be like catching "a falling knife".

As speculation intensifies over the possible buyer of Rock Band developer Harmonix, Electronic Arts has cast doubt over its suitability as owner.

More DLC for Rock Band 3

Lynyrd Skynyrd gets Pro Guitar treatment.

Lynyrd Skynyrd headlines next week's Rock Band 3 DLC bill, with able support provided by Bad Company and 38 Special.

Harmonix: sale won't affect RB3 support

Plus, EA responds to buy-out rumours.

Viacom's decision to sell Harmonix will have no knock-on effect on support for Rock Band 3 and Dance Central, the games' developer has insisted.

Viacom to sell Rock Band developer

UPDATE: Why Harmonix is up for sale.

UPDATE: In a question and answer session Viacom said Harmonix made a loss of around "$65 million" for the financial quarter. "That loss reflects how we've been informed by the potential buyers we've been talking to," it said. The loss would have been half that number otherwise.

Harmonix: Why Pro RB3 DLC costs more

"We don't want to raise stock DLC price."

Extra costs have been introduced for Rock Band 3 downloadable tracks. If you want old songs to support the new keyboard instrument or the vocal harmonies you must buy an "RB3 Version" of it. Similarly, if you want the Pro Guitar and Pro Bass parts in the song you will need to pay more.

Bon Jovi DLC storms Rock Band 3

Deftones, New Order also up for grabs.

Less is always more, right? Well, when it comes to Bon Jovi, apparently not. A whopping 12 tracks from the New Jersey stadium rockers are heading to Rock Band 3.

Squier RB3 guitar dated, priced

Start saving your pennies.

The Squier Rock Band 3 guitar – both a working instrument and game controller – will be available on 1st March 2011 in the USA, manufacturer Fender has announced.

Music genre not at "a dead end"

But brands face re-invention challenge.

Despite shaky performances of Rock Band 3, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and DJ Hero 2, Screen Digest analyst Piers Harding-Rolls doesn't think the music genre is at a "dead end".

Fable III atop of the UK chart

New: Star Wars! WWE! Sims 3! Rock Band!

Update: UKIE has released sales figures for the top 10 games. These show that leader Fable III sold 128,895 copies since launch on Friday - 6000 more than Fable II managed.

Can Rock Band Save Music Games?

Harmonix on making keyboards sexy and crafting its defining statement.

It's fair to say that it's not the best of times to be putting out a music game. With Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock posting dismal first week sales and DJ Hero 2 failing to break into the UK top 20, there's a consensus that the music genre might be all played out.

Rock Band 3

Rock Band 3

Finished symphony.

I'm just back from the cinema where I watched Somewhere, Sofia Coppola's latest it's-a-bit-like-Lost-In-Translation-again-isn't-it take on the spiritually and often literally empty existence of a Hollywood star.

In the middle of the movie, a pivotal scene of bonding between the protagonist, Johnny Marco, and his 11-year-old daughter, whom he has long-neglected through his louche, bed-hopping ways, plays out over a session of Guitar Hero (briefly glimpsed in the trailer).

The daughter and her father's best (only) friend are then seen carefully customising a guitar controller with paint while Marco clumsily fails in his attempt to play 20th Century Boy on Hard difficulty. Lightweight.

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Rock Band 3

MIDI life crisis.

Here's a little insight into the world of games journalism for you. When previewing a game based on a presentation at a press event – especially if that game is a sequel – you can normally count the number of important pieces of information you need to convey on the fingers of one hand.

Bon Jovi DLC for Rock Band 3

Harmonix: Prepare for "good hair envy".

A selection of Bon Jovi's biggest hits are heading to Rock Band 3 as post-launch DLC, developer Harmonix has revealed.

Rock Band 3 Pro tracks to cost extra

Only the ones for the guitar, mind.

Bad news for those looking forward to the new Pro Mode guitar tracks in Rock Band 3 - they're going to cost you more than the regular songs.

Exporting confirmed for Rock Band 3

Exporting confirmed for Rock Band 3

Plus: Pro Mode songs could cost more.

Harmonix has confirmed you will be able to export tracks from Rock Band 2 to Rock Band 3.

Speaking to RockBandAide.com, spokesperson John Drake said that will apply to all three versions of the game, including the Wii one.

"We're doing it for all three consoles," he said.

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Full Rock Band III track list unveiled

Includes Ozzy, Queen, Amy Winehouse.

Following Activision's recent reveal of the entire Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock playlist, Harmonix has followed suit by unveiling Rock Band III's complete set.