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A new Rock Band? Harmonix wants to know what you want in a current-gen sequel

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Just a few days after Harmonix fired up the long-dormant music DLC machine for Rock Band — three new tracks are coming to Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz — the developer posted a survey asking fans what they'd want in a current-gen sequel. If you're hoping for a Rock Band 4 for your new console, you might want to chime in.

Harmonix's survey asks which Rock Band games you've played, how often you played them, how much downloadable content you purchased and what plastic instruments you still have lying around. The survey goes on to ask which Rock Band features you used most: Did you play solo? With friends? Did you use the character creator? Did you play competitively online?

More importantly, the survey asks which current-generation console you own: PlayStation 4, Wii U or Xbox One. The survey also asks what types of features might be important to you in a new Rock Band game: new weekly DLC, compatibility with existing DLC, compatibility with existing hardware, online multiplayer, regularly updated in-game events and more.

The survey also asks whether you'd prefer to buy a new Rock Band game separately or bundled with new music hardware.

Harmonix gauged interest in a new Rock Band last year, posting a similar survey that polled players on what platforms they'd like to see a new Rock Band come to. Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos has said the developer may return to the Rock Band series "at the right point in time, and reimagine it as appropriate for its time."

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