Rock Band 4

Rock Band 4 to release this year

New peripheral bundles, and the ability to import old DLC.

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Harmonix had a real treat for all the virtual rockers out there, as they have just announced that Rock Band 4 will come out this year on PS4 and Xbox One.

Harmonix Chief Executive Officer Steve Janiak was excited about the announcement:

"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."

Rock Band 4 will also support over 2000 tracks, that have been released since the launch of original Rock Band in 2007. And if you have purchased or downloaded tracks from a previous console generation, you can play those tracks on new platforms for free.

Product Manager Daniel Sussman says that this has been one of the key elements to be included in the game:

"Since the beginning, we've called Rock Band a music platform. Players responded by downloading hundreds of their favourite tracks, and building a massive library of playable music. It's important for us to respect those purchases and enable our fans to bring that content over to the Rock Band platform on new generation consoles."

There is a small catch however, as you can't just download the old songs for the new platforms. You have to wait until the songs are released again for the new consoles.

New game means also new gear, and for this purpose Harmonix has teamed up with Mad Catz. There will be two different bundles for the game, which are called Band In A Box and Guitar Controller Bundle.

The former includes the game, a microphone, drums, and Fender Stratocaster controller. The latter consists of game bundled with the guitar controller.

And as a bonus for this announcement, Harmonix also released a free track for the old-gen games "I Still Believe" by Frank Turner can be played with either Rock Band 3 or Rock Band Blitz. It's available for both PS3 and Xbox 360.

Check out the new trailer below.

Rock Band 4

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