Date(s) - 06/10/2015
Rock Band 4 is an upcoming music video game in development by Harmonix. Rock Band 4 will allow players to simulate the playing of licensed music across many different decades and genres using instrument controllers that mimic playing lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals. As the fourth main installment in the Rock Band franchise, it will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 6, 2015. Mad Catz, who is also developing new instrument controllers for the game, will market and distribute the title worldwide. The game will ship with more than sixty licensed songs, with more songs to become available later as downloadable content.
Rock Band 4 represents Harmonix’s return to the franchise after an almost three-year hiatus, following the diminishing popularity of the rhythm game market that started in 2009. Announced on March 5, 2015, Rock Band 4 will refocus on the core gameplay of the franchise, reducing the emphasis on musical instruction that was employed by its predecessor, Rock Band 3, while emphasizing the game’s social interactions. Instead of looking towards further sequels, Harmonix aims to have Rock Band 4 be a platform, updating the title with free and paid patches to introduce new features, while regularly providing new songs in the form of downloadable content. Harmonix also promised compatibility with the over 2000 existing songs that were released as downloadable content for prior installments, along with backwards compatibility with guitar and drum controllers designed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions—although new PS4 and Xbox One-specific hardware will be available at launch.