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December RB4 Update Details (Including New Songs), Online Multiplayer Delayed to January
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December RB4 Update Details (Including New Songs), Online Multiplayer Delayed to January

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Harmonix revealed a bunch of new information today in a blog post on their site about Rock Band 4’s upcoming December update, and the much anticipated online multiplayer mode.

Online Quickplay

The post included some details about how online quickplay will work. Each session will include a four song setlist, with each member of the band picking one song in the setlist (no indication is given about what happens if you have less than four players), and the song selection screen will only show songs that all players own, to prevent the issue of having to scroll through a ton of greyed out songs.

Once everyone has picked a song, the game shows an intro animation for each player, and then moves onto starting the setlist. Also confirmed is that online play counts toward Crew XP and Spotlight scores.

The unfortunate news is that to ensure as smooth a launch as possible, online play has been pushed back from its original December release, and is now targeted for release on January 25.

While the online multiplayer has been delayed, there is still an update planned for December, with a bunch of cool additions for everyone, and some specific to Rivals owners:

December Update – All Players

  • Bug Fixes: A number of bug fixes are included in the patch. Specifically called out in the blog post are dropped frames/hitching, Achievements/Trophies related to Rivals badges, Rockudrama venues not showing in Quickplay, incorrect badge awards, and Weekly Challenge Results not showing as expected.
  • AbleGamers Shirts: Two new shirts showcasing the AbleGamers charity will be added to the Rock Shop.

December Update – Rivals Owners

  • Additional Rock Shop Gear: There will also be additional “brutal” gear being added for Rivals owners, noting dark colours, and metal spikes among the asthetic
  • 12 Free Songs: Rivals owners will also get 12 free songs with the update from local bands that were featured in the cut scenes in the Rockudrama mode. While the songs weren’t listed, the artists include:
    • Bearstronaut
    • Goddamn Draculas
    • Nemes
    • Newfane
    • Parlour Bells
    • Party Bois
    • Petty Morals
    • The Red Chord
    • Ruby Rose Fox
    • The Warning Shots
    • When Particles Collide
    • Worshipper

The December update is scheduled to be available next week.

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