Arguably the most wanted feature for Rock Band 4, online play, is finally coming back to the series! The rumours had been swelling, especially following a Tweet from @Wario64 on Friday, and then eagle-eyed fans noticed that Harmonix had a job posting for a Network Programmer. But now we finally have confirmation that the beloved feature is returning.
Announced today at the Harmonix PAX East panel, online multiplayer will be returning to Rock Band as part of a future update, although the exact date was unspecified. It’s likely that we’ll see it come in the fall as part of the “expansion pack” they mentioned during the panel, but it’s all purely speculation right now. UPDATE: It appears to be coming “Holiday 2016”.
It’s a possibility that if you’re playing online with someone who doesn’t own all the same songs as you that those songs won’t display as opposed to simply greying them out, thus making the song selection process much more streamlined.
Announced today at the Harmonix panel, we’ve gotten confirmation on what songs are coming to Rock Band on Tuesday. Let’s see what we’ve got on tap this week:
- Lamb of God – Redneck
- The Romantics – What I Like About You
- Weezer – Dope Nose
We have our first bit of Rock Band news to come out of PAX East! It appears that Rock Band 4 is getting yet more licensed tie-in content for you to enjoy. Just unveiled at the Gearbox panel at PAX today, Thorn and Miko, heroes from the Eldrid faction in Battleborn, are coming to Rock Band 4 as playable bandmates!
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Harmonix and Gearbox collaborate, as you may remember with the Borderlands characters in Dance Central: Spotlight. It appears that these Battleborn characters are full-fledged characters and not just clothing items that will allow you to re-create them, meaning that the door is open for even more new characters to be added to the game!
It has been awhile since we have gotten any kind of Beatles Rock Band news out of Harmonix, and unfortunately, the news we’re finally getting is not positive. It was announced today in a licensing update that all of the DLC for Beatles Rock Band will be removed from the music store as of May 5. As usual, if you already own these songs, you will be unaffected by this news. If you don’t, you have two weeks to change that should you wish. The songs being de-listed are: Read the rest of this entry »
With PAX East just around the corner, it’s about time to detail what will be happening there. It’s the first backyard PAX since RB4 came out, and in terms of information, it’s arguably going to be bigger than last East, where they stopped at saying 4 existed. We’ll have a presence at every event Harmonix has there, and we also want some help from YOU!
First up, the show floor! Harmonix says they’ll have their biggest booth ever, with Rock Band 4, Amplitude, corresponding Pinnys, Harmonix Music VR, and Beat Sports. It won’t be built by fans this time, so don’t expect kiddie pools and beach balls(ok, maybe expect beach balls), but there will be plenty to do if you’ll be there, and plenty to gaze upon if you aren’t. Harmonix is also hosting a panel called ‘Rock Band: Past, Present, & Future’, which promises BIG announcements for RB4 and RBVR. Definitely the one thing to keep an eye on this weekend. We’ll, of course, cover that panel as it happens.
Next, the events! There’s two things Harmonix is hosting this year. You’ve got their usual Hard Rock party, which sells out so fast every year, helped along by Freezepop this year. Music! Alcohol! That’s basically the core of what Harmonix produces. The Warning will also be there, who aren’t old enough to drink, but are old enough to be on the Rock Band 4 disc. PDP, their new hardware manufacturer, will also be there with reps and swag. Don’t forget we expect to learn more about their guiding hand starting at PAX East and again later this summer at E3. Their other event is hanging out in a planetarium Sunday night with RB4 and Amp. Tickets are still available for that for those of you attending PAX East.
And finally, where you guys come in. The interview! It’s finally time for a proper sit-down with new Community Lead Josh Harrison! He came all the way from Amazon to join Harmonix right after RB4’s launch, and now it’s time to get to know him. But he’s a Community Lead, so he should hear from you. Let us know through your favorite social channel what you want Josh to hear or be asked, and we’ll be sure to pass it along. A full write-up for it will definitely show up here, potentially after PAX if the Sunday news is big enough to revisit him and squeeze more details out.
So, that should be about everything. Toss us your questions in the comments, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, wherever. And let us know if you’ll be there!
In a surprise early DLC announcement for next week, Harmonix has revealed that the DLC that you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived…
- Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
- Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
- Justin Bieber – Sorry
The songs will be available individually, or as part of Justin Bieber Pack 01.