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Platform PS3, 360, Wii, DS Publisher MTV Games Developer Harmonix Music Systems Release Date 2010-10-26

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Survey hints at Harmonix getting the (Rock) Band back together

Harmonix is asking gamers how excited they'd be for a return of Rock Band to the current console generation — PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One — in a survey that furthers the impression the rhythm game pioneers are serious about getting the Band back together. The survey doesn't give up any specific ideas Harmonix may have; it asks them how often they continue to play the legacy game, how many peripherals they still own, and the platform on which they play. Taken alongside recent remarks by Harmonix chief creative officer Alex Rigopulos, it sounds like they're eyeballing the PS4, Wii U and Xbox One. In June, Rigopulos told GamesBeat that Harmonix views the Rock Band franchise as "something we'll return to at the right point in time, and reimagine it as appropriate for its time." Earlier...

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Music license expiration means loss of song required for Rock Band 3 Achievement

Harmonix's next quarterly instance of Rock Band music license expiration will make it impossible for players to obtain one Rock Band 3 Achievement as of June 30, the studio announced recently. In April, Harmonix said that as music licensing agreements begin to expire, the studio won't be able to renew all of them, which will force the company to remove some songs from the Rock Band Music Store. At the time, only one three-pack of Metallica songs was affected. Harmonix's next update is scheduled for June 30, at which time the Rock Band music library will lose the following seven tracks: Crooked X - "Rock 'n' Roll Dream" Die Toten Hosen - "Hier Kommt Alex" Les Wampas - "Manu Chao" The Material - "Moving to Seattle" Them Terribles - "Bullets & Guns" Tokio Hotel - "Monsoon" V...

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Game designer Dan Teasdale departs Twisted Pixel

Game designer Dan Teasdale left Twisted Pixel Games today for a new project that's "incredibly unique and amazing," he announced on his Tumblr page today. "The last couple of years have been a blast, and I'm going to miss everyone here at Twisted Pixel tons," said Teasdale, adding that "the upcoming slate of Twisted Pixel magic is as fantastic as you'd expect." His next project will remain secret for the time being, but Teasdale said it is "a shift" from his career to this point. Teasdale, a 15-year veteran of the game industry, joined Twisted Pixel in July 2010. He served as lead designer on The Gunstringer and worked on the Windows 8 port of its DLC, The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles, as well as an unannounced title. Prior to his time with Twisted Pixel, Teasdale spent more than four...

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Harmonix says goodbye to Rock Band with a studio-wide sing-along

Today marks the end of Harmonix's 281-week schedule of regular Rock Band DLC song releases, and the studio got together in a video to sing the last song, Don McLean's "American Pie," while recounting the history of the franchise. Members of the Harmonix team touched on moments of uncertainty and joy from the five-and-a-half-year history of Rock Band — the original game was released in November 2007 — including the seemingly crazy idea of launching a massive box with plastic instruments for $170, and the honor of working on The Beatles: Rock Band. Other highlights included the launch of Rock Band Network, which let players author and sell their own music in the game, and the implementation of Pro instruments in Rock Band 3. For another Rock Band retrospective piece, check out our...

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Harmonix's tour of Pearl Jam and Japan games, music licensing and more Rock Band history

"We are here not to bury Rock Band, but to praise it," began Aaron Trites, community manager for Harmonix Music Systems, at the Rock Band panel during PAX East 2013. But in eulogizing the Rock Band franchise — last month, Harmonix announced its regular schedule of downloadable song releases would end on April 2 — the studio also put to rest some longtime questions about incidents in its five-and-a-half-year history, and gave its fans some closure. After noting they would try to tread carefully, lest they draw the ire of the studio's legal team or burn bridges with the music industry, the four Harmonix panelists launched into a fascinating hour of discussion about everything that went into the bulk of making Rock Band happen: licensing songs for use in the game. The studio also shed...

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Rock Band's final song will be Don McLean's 'American Pie'

The last downloadable track for Rock Band will be Don McLean's "American Pie" and will be available along with the final update on April 2, developer Harmonix revealed at its pre-PAX East Rock Band Night. The developer revealed last month that the weekly release of new songs added to the Rock Band library will draw to a close April 2. The support of the title ends so resources can be allocated to "several new titles in development." Harmonix said that over 275 consecutive weeks more than 4,000 songs have been released on the Rock Band platform.

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Oingo Boingo's 'Weird Science,' Toto's 'Rosanna' join Rock Band catalog next week

The final four weeks of Rock Band DLC songs will kick off with Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science" and Toto's "Rosanna," developer Harmonix announced today. Oingo Boingo wrote "Weird Science" for the 1985 film of the same name, while Toto won a Grammy for the 1982 hit single "Rosanna." Each song will be available March 12 with keyboard support for $1.99 on PlayStation 3, 160 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360 and $2 on Wii. Players will also have the option of paying an extra dollar for Pro Guitar/Bass mode on "Weird Science." Harmonix announced last month that April 2 would be the last date for weekly Rock Band song releases.

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Rock Band Music Store adding playable tracks from The Flys, Queensrÿche and Staind

Tracks by '90s post-grunge group The Flys, '80s heavy metal band Queensrÿche and rock group Staind have been added to the Rock Band Music Store, Harmonix announced today. North American players can grab four new tracks on Feb. 26 for all platforms, while European players on PlayStation 3 can download them on Feb. 27: The Flys: "Got You (Where I Want You)," with a support for a Pro Guitar track Queensrÿche: "Silent Lucidity," with keyboard support Staind: "It's Been Awhile" and "So Far Away," the latter with support Each song costs $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points, 200 Wii Points). Songs eligible for an update to add a Pro Guitar/Pro Bass section can be upgraded for $0.99 (80 Microsoft Points, 100 Wii Points). All tracks are compatible with Rock Band 3 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and...

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Weekly Rock Band song releases ending in April

Harmonix's weekly schedule of new songs being added to the Rock Band library will end in April as the studio transitions to "other projects," the company announced today. The last weekly update of songs will come on April 2, with "what we feel is an appropriate track for the final release," said Harmonix. "We have managed to maintain a consistent release schedule for a staggering 275 consecutive weeks, releasing over 4,000 songs for the Rock Band Platform, but in recent months we've scaled production down as we've transitioned resources onto other projects," Harmonix said. The studio added that it has "several new titles in development" and needs developers on those projects to "usher these new games along." Those requirements prevent the company from maintaining a less frequent,...

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Extreme's 'More Than Words' leads Valentine's Day Rock Band 3 DLC

Rock Band 3 developer Harmonix is adding five hit ballads to the game's music library next week for Valentine's Day, including Extreme's acoustic gem "More Than Words," the company announced today. Extreme's number-one single from 1990 will be joined by four other well-known love songs from the '70s and '80s. The group of Valentine's Day tracks includes a 2009 re-recording of "Love Hurts," the awesomely bad Nazareth song, as well as Soft Cell's "Tainted Love." Peter Cetera's 1986 hit "Glory of Love," which appeared in The Karate Kid Part II, and REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You" round out the five-song set. The songs won't be bundled; each track will be sold for $1.99 on PlayStation Network, $2 on the Wii Shop and 160 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. Harmonix is including a Pro...

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North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/26/2010
    • Publisher MTV Games
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/26/2010
    • Publisher MTV Games
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
  • Wii
    • Released 10/26/2010
    • Publisher MTV Games
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
  • Nintendo DS
    • Released 10/26/2010
    • Publisher MTV Games
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
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