Rock Band is still alive and kickin', and is even getting a new season pass this month.
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Forget Freebird, move over DragonForce. Rock Band 4 just added the 17-minute classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
Eve Online developer CCP Games is a multitalented bunch. They've got economists on their books. They've got wrestlers. And they've even got an in-house band - called Permaband.
Struggling peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz has filed for bankruptcy, and all company directors have resigned.
Rock Band 4 is getting a couple of peculiar licensed cameos from Sterling Archer and the Mass Effect series.
Rock Band 4's first major expansion, Rock Band Rivals, will add an all new campaign themed around a documentary being made about your band when it premieres this October.
Rock Band 4 is getting a substantial expansion this autumn entitled Rock Band: Rivals.
Developer Harmonix said in a blog post today that Rivals will cost $29.99 (or your local equivalent) and add new modes, though it remained cagey on what exactly these are. But we do know asynchronous multiplayer is coming around the holiday season this year.
"These are really big, new modes to the game, and players of all difficulties and play styles will be able to enjoy what we're cooking up for you," the developer teased.
Mad Catz has suffered a huge loss on Rock Band 4.
Despite riding a rocky road since its release, Rock Band 4 isn't going anywhere just yet. Developer Harmonix has announced "big, big" expansion pack this September.
UPDATE 06/05/2016 5.39pm: Harmonix has responded to Rock Band 4's PC crowdfunding campaign falling very short of its goal. The studio has confirmed that Rock Band 4 PC will likely not happen - at least in the near future - but it was worth the old college try.
Rock Band 4 developer Harmonix is now working with video game peripheral creator PDP as its new co-publisher. Previously the music game studio was collaborating with Mad Catz.
Rock Band 4 developer Harmonix wants to bring its latest party game to PC, only it needs your money to bankroll it.
The Boston-based developer launched a Fig campaign where backers can pledge money for the game or even invest in its success and receive a cut of the revenue when it releases.
The major advantage of a PC version of Rock Band 4 will be that it will let players upload and sell their own songs over Steam Workshop. Harmonix premiered this concept several years back over the now defunct Rock Band Network, but the infrastructure costs were too high to maintain at the time.
UCLA School of Law failed to uphold its own standard when it used trademarked Rock Band 4 images in a piece of marketing material paying tribute to one of its alumni.
Hot on the heels of Rock Band 4's failure to meet sales expectations, Activision has said Guitar Hero Live also didn't do the business.
UPDATE 10/2/16 9.00am: Mad Catz has reported its latest financial earnings and it's a mix of good and bad news - but mostly bad. The company will cut 37 per cent of its staff in a bid to save $5m over the next year.
European Rock Band 4 users on PS4 finally have the ability to export the on-disc Rock Band 3 tracks into Harmonix's latest rhythm game.
Rock Band 4 developer Harmonix is honouring the release of Fallout 4 by adding Vault 111 costumes to its latest rhythm party game.
Harmonix will release Rock Band 4's first major update on 8th December.
The free patch is part of a post-launch program the studio said would include monthly updates of varying scope.
The first update on 8th December adds a new online competitive system called Score Challenge. This uses a live activity feed that shows players what their friends are playing, and lets them compete with each other for high scores on songs.
The missing DLC tracks for the PlayStation 4 version of Rock Band 4 will be released early December, Harmonix has said.
Last week we reported on the plight of players of the PlayStation 4 version of Rock Band 4, who at the time had been waiting for thousands of DLC tracks already available on Xbox One and the North American PlayStation Store to be released on the European PlayStation Store - three weeks after the game came out.
Three weeks after Rock Band 4 came out, European PlayStation 4 owners are still waiting for loads of downloadable tracks to be released.
A handful of Rock Band 4 user reviews on Amazon have been linked to staff at the game's developer Harmonix.
First spotted by astute Redditers before Destructoid noticed a few more, these reviewers unanimously rated the game five stars. One of whom even claimed to be a "new fan" of the series.
Harmonix has since admitted that these reviews were indeed posted by members of its staff, who acted of their own accord.
Rock Band 3 songs will be exportable to Rock Band 4 around 8th December, Harmonix has said - that's the feature-patch plan.
Rock Band 4 has just made it into the UK all-formats chart top 10.
Rock Band 4 publisher Mad Catz has apologised for a shortage of Xbox One edition stock.
Pop stardom isn't a zero sum game, but it is often built on rivalries, real or manufactured. A bit of bad blood can be monetised, whether it's Katy Perry versus Taylor Swift, Blur versus Oasis or the Beatles versus the Stones. In the gladiatorial history of rhythm-action games, it has been Guitar Hero versus Rock Band, two franchises that enjoyed such accelerated success there seemed to be no time at all between them minting a new genre and completely saturating the market. Since 2010, both titles have been lying low - presumably in great mothballs of fire, plotting their returns. This month, they reignite their old rivalry with two carefully stage-managed comebacks.
Rock Band 4
Publisher: Harmonix and Mad Catz
You can now re-download previously bought Rock Band DLC ahead of the launch of Rock Band 4 - but it's a bit fiddly.
Rock Band 4 has a couple of U2 songs.
Rock Band 4 developer Harmonix and peripherals manufacturer Mad Catz have detailed the existing instruments that will be compatible with the upcoming series revival.
UPDATE 03/08/2015 5.47pm: Harmonix has revealed another 17 songs in its Rock Band 4 line-up. They are as follows:
Music games have returned and the battle off the brands is back on. This October it's Rock Band 4 up against Guitar Hero Live. And of the two it's Activision's Guitar Hero Live that will be cheaper.
Harmonix and Mad Catz have announced a 6th October release date for music game Rock Band 4.
If you pre-order you get 30 bonus songs, which seems like quite a lot. Instrument bundles (on Amazon and GameStop) are $250. The game plus new guitar is $130. Bet you'd forgotten how much these games can be, although of course Rock Band 4 allows use of old peripherals too.
With all your old songs imported from previous Rock Band games there's a potential 1500 songs to thrash through, including new ones of course.
I love karaoke, and I'm a horrible singer. But that's okay - people don't go to karaoke to get a singing lesson, and folks don't play Rock Band to become a guitar hero or a rocksmith. A lot of music games might now focus on teaching players how to play real instruments and the like, but Rock Band is happily going back to basics after figuring out what's really important to its fans. "We really took a hard look at what the fantasy of Rock Band was," Harmonix' product director Daniel Sussman told me at a hands-on event. "What were we trying to do? And if we could go back in time and do it better, what would we do?
Greetings, Eurogamers, and welcome to your video round-up from Outside Xbox, where this week we've mostly been up in the attic trying to find our plastic guitars
UPDATE: Harmonix has been in touch to expand on Daniel Sussman's comments on piracy. Here's a statement:
Peripheral maker Mad Catz is going to co-publish Rock Band 4 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Rock Band 4 has been officially announced by series developer Harmonix. It's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in 2015.
It will support old peripherals, though Mad Catz is creating new ones as well.
Better yet, it will allow players to import all their content from previous games on PS3 and Xbox 360 into this long-awaited series resurgence. Harmonix said Rock Band 4 will support over 2000 tracks released since the 2007 launch of the original game. The previous Rock Band game, Rock Band 3, launched five years ago in 2010.