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Rock Band VR announced for Oculus Rift, coming in 2016

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Harmonix said it wouldn't need to make another Rock Band game after Rock Band 4, but the studio is making an exception for a new medium: virtual reality. The studio is working on a project called Rock Band VR that is in development for the Oculus Rift.

Rock Band VR made its debut at The Game Awards 2015. A trailer showed off gameplay in an audience-facing view from the stage — which, oddly enough, is the same kind of experience that Guitar Hero Live delivered this year. The player was hammering away on a floating guitar, except it was a Rock Band guitar controller, not something meant to resemble a real instrument. The trailer was preceded by a goofy video featuring Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, developers from Harmonix and the band DragonForce.

For more on Rock Band VR, which is set to be released on Oculus Rift in 2016, check out the premiere from The Game Awards above.

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