Rock Band 4 Officially Announced

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Who ever would’ve guessed?

After much teasing, and multiple surveys, it’s finally official. Rock Band 4 is coming to the Xbox One, and Playstation 4 this year. Not much has been announced yet, but there are a couple of important details:

DLC Carrying Forward: Yes. While they don’t seem to be guaranteeing all of the DLC will transfer, the recently launched page indicates there will be 2,000+ songs available, and that any previously purchased DLC will be available to re-download on the same console family (PS3 will transfer to PS4, and 360 will transfer to Xbox One).

Hardware: There will be new hardware available from MadCatz for the Xbox One, and Playstation 4, including a special Penny Arcade themed guitar that attendees of PAX East this weekend will be able to pre-order. However, Harmonix, and MadCatz are working with Sony, and Microsoft in an attempt to ensure compatibility of old hardware as well.

Keys & Pro Guitar: There will be no support for Pro Guitar, or Keys in Rock Band 4. Pro Drums will continue to be supported.

That covers the main points so far. For more information, see the links below:

Official Announcement

Sign Up For Pre-Order Notifications

Official FAQ

Rock Band 4 Article on Polygon

Giant Bomb Interview Dumptruck Interview

Rock Band DLC for 3/5

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After much speculation yesterday, a new free song has in fact come to the Rock Band Music Store on Xbox 360. The song is not yet available on Playstation 3 according to the Playstation.com version of the store.

  • Frank Turner – I Still Believe (Free)

New Free Rock Band 3 Song Coming Soon?

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As per usual on Tuesdays, Sony posted their weekly content update for the Playstation Store on the Playstation Blog. This post lists everything new that has been added to the Store for the week for all systems. Nothing newsworthy for Harmonix fans was expected, as there had been no announcements.

However, ssomething caught the eye of myself, and a number of readers in the PS3 Add-Ons Section:

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A song called “I Still Believe” is listed as being released for free for Rock Band 3.  However, some digging on the Playstation Store via Playstation.com shows no actual song being released, with the last two known songs being the most recent additions.

Clearly this was a mistake, but is it an indication of a new, free song coming soon to Rock Band 3? If so, what song? Will we hear something this weekend?

As soon as we learn more, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Dance Central: Spotlight DLC for 3/3

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Another legacy Dance Central downloadable song has come to the Xbox Live Store for Dance Central: Spotlight. As usual, if you previously purchased the song on the Xbox 360, you’ll be able to download it on Xbox One for free.

Legacy Songs:

  • Cameo – Word Up!

Rock Band DLC Re-Licensing: One More Song & Some Digital Shirts Leaving This Month

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Harmonix has posted the quarterly DLC Re-Licensing information on the Rock Band forums, and this time only one song will be leaving. Alien Ant Farm’s Smooth Criminal is scheduled to be pulled for purchase from the Rock Band Music Store as of March 31.

However, that’s not all.

While only one song is leaving this quarter, the licensed clothing items from the Rock Band 3 character creator closet are being pulled as well. They are:

  • Bob Marley shirts
  • The Doors shirts
  • Jimi Hendrix shirts
  • Spinal Tap shirts
  • The Who shirts

Like previous de-listings, it will have no effect on you if you’ve already purchased the song, and if you haven’t, and want to, you’re encouraged to do so immediately, as the stores are controlled by the console manufacturers, not Harmonix, and thus could be updated sooner.

[Official Announcement]

RockBandAide Asks: What would you like to see in Rock Band 4?

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It looks more and more likely every day that a new Rock Band game is coming, so we at RockBandAide thought now would be a good time to talk about what we’d like to see in a new game. Each of us chose three features and ten songs we’d love to see make an appearance in the next title, and we invite you to share your choices in the comments with us! The lists are after the jump.

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