Harmonix wants to get the (Rock) Band back together

Rock Band is coming back. We don’t know quite when, and we’re not really sure quite how, but Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos has given us his word. Always trust a musician, right?

Harmonix founders Eran Egozy (left) and Alex Rigopulos

Harmonix founders Eran Egozy (left) and Alex Rigopulos at their offices

The statement came via a Reddit Ask Me Anything, where Rigopulous answered the first question on all fans’ lips:

Of course I was sad when Rock Band passed its (first!) peak, but one way or another, it will be back.

The developer also voiced his opinion that Activision was not responsible for the sudden death of the music game genre, despite saturating the market with “too many” Guitar Hero titles.

I think there’s probably some truth to the notion that Activision ‘over-published’ Guitar Hero. But I wouldn’t agree that the decline of the genre was ‘entirely the fault of Activision’. Reality is always more complicated than this. For example, it didn’t help that [Guitar Hero] and [Rock Band] were the most expensive video games on the market during a brutal recession. I also don’t think that either [Guitar Hero] or [Rock Band] delivered enough (or the right kind of) evolution of the experience in the years that followed the initial releases – something we hope to address at some point in the next outing.

While the Guitar Hero/Rock Band recipe is pretty solid, Rigopulos accepts that music games are ever-evolving, so the future of the franchise could look very different.

Music is a permanent aspect of the human experience, and so is gameplay. It’s Harmonix’s job to figure out new ways for music and gameplay to amplify each other’s emotional power. Stand by.

The studio is currently working on Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox One, as well as Chroma, a musical shooter. The company is also running a crowdfunding project to reboot its 2003 smash, Amplitude.

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