Sigh… I guess that’s why they say all good things must come to an end right? This is a very sad day for me because Harmonix has announced on the Rock Band Forums that after 275 consecutive weeks of weekly DLC releases, they are calling it quits for Rock Band. I’m someone that has played Rock Band since RB 1 and has gone through pretty much all of its iterations as the years have gone by. About a few weeks ago, I bought a Fender Mustang for 50 dollars off Amazon.com so that my wife and I could learn how to play Pro Guitar.
It was always going to be a matter of when for the RB series once the Music Game bubble burst and with Sony and Microsoft looking to not have any backwards compatibility on their next gen systems, it would have been a chore to re-license and port over (if it was even possible) that huge DLC library of close to 5,000 songs to those new systems.
Harmonix did say they have new content releases planned up until April 2, 2013 and have other non-music game related games in development, along with its very successful Dance Central series. Harmonix was the last remaining bastion of the plastic guitar game after Activision closed up shop on Guitar Hero a year ago. Now, Ubisoft’s real guitar training game “Rocksmith” will be the last game out there asking fans to put a guitar in their hands and play along on a TV screen.
However, it is not all about grief and despair, as they always do, Harmonix did not say this is the end of Rock Band as they will continue to support its existing games and Rock Band Network will continue on the Xbox 360 at least. Harmonix Henry did attempt to leave the door open for DLC in the future with this statement.
“While we’re no longer actively pursuing content for release, we still have the technical capability should the right band and the right opportunity arise. We don’t have anything planned for release at the moment, but it’s not something we’ve ruled out.”
It is nice to see such a great company always be loyal to its fanbase no matter how big they’ve become. As I mentioned, this is a sad day for the small number of remaining Rock Band fans out there, but at least, Harmonix as a developer will continue to make games and continue to amaze gamers long into the future.