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Rock Band 4 getting online multiplayer mode later this year

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New mode part of a major expansion coming holiday 2016

An upcoming expansion for Rock Band 4 will bring synchronous online multiplayer to the game, developer Harmonix announced today. That expansion will be out sometime during "holiday 2016."

"Synchronous online multiplayer will be like Quickplay, modified to provide a fair and streamlined experience for console friends looking to play Rock Band 4 together online," Harmonix community manager Criss Burki said in a PlayStation Blog post. "We'll be implementing enhancements on the back end to address issues for folks who don't have the same DLC libraries and want a more fluid process for choosing songs together as a band (you all know that one person who would pick a song before you had the chance)."

Harmonix promises more information about online multiplayer and the Rock Band 4 expansion's other unannounced features at E3.

Rock Band 4 shipped on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year without online multiplayer, a feature we noted was "regrettably absent" in our review of the rhythm game.