Rock Band is coming back for an encore.
The music game that lets you play guitar and drum controllers and sing along to songs will hit stores by the end of the year, says developer Harmonix and game accessory maker Mad Catz.
Rock Band 4 will be playable on Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4. TheRock Band franchise, which debuted in 2007, and the competing Guitar Hero games helped push music games to pop culture heights on older systems in the late 2000s.
Game developers are working to make guitar and drum controllers work with the new systems, they say, and more information will be released in coming days. The new game will have new songs on-board, but previously purchased songs can be added.
"Since the beginning, we've called Rock Band a music platform. Players responded by downloading hundreds of their favorite tracks, and building a massive library of playable music," said Rock Band 4 product manager Daniel Sussman in a statement accompanying the announcement. "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."
Players who've purchased or downloaded playable tracks on last-generation consoles will be able to download and play those tracks on their new platforms at no additional charge*. Hundreds of tracks will be available at launch, with more back catalog music – and new tracks – to be added regularly after launch.
Article by Mike Snider
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