The Band’s Back – Rock Band 4 Officially Announced

It’s time to bring out your inner rockstar once more. Harmonix has officially announced what most of us have been expecting – Rock Band 4 – and it’s coming in 2015.

Announced via Harmonix’s forum, Rock Band 4 will be making its way to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year with new tracks, new plastic instruments and a refinement on the core gameplay experience.

“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends.” Steve Janiak, Chief Executive Officer at Harmonix said. “Focusing on the core experience that our fans have told us they love allows us to evolve established gameplay in meaningful ways that we can’t wait to share with everyone later this year.”

One of the biggest questions about a potential sequel to Rock Band 3 was what would be happening to the tonnes of DLC purchased now that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have become the main consoles in most living rooms, and Harmonix was quick to state that Rock Band 4 will be supporting over 2000 tracks released since the launch of the original Rock Band, meaning a lot of the songs purchased will be carried over. All of the old songs won’t be necessarily available at launch however, as Harmonix went on to say that they’ll most be released as “Legacy” DLC every week, alongside new tracks. Another big bonus to the package is that old instruments will also be compatible with Rock Band 4.

More information will be shared in May about the game, including the new instruments, track list and a release date. For now, Rock Band 4 is scheduled to launch sometime this year and will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only.

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