Harmonix is circulating a survey that asks fans what they’d most like to see in a new version of Rock Band. This, on the back of last week’s new songs, is doing nothing to squash the rumours that the developer is working on an edition of the game for the latest platforms.
Of course I was sad when Rock Band passed its (first!) peak, but one way or another, it will be back. Also, music games need to evolve just like every aspect of pop culture. The band game boom was followed by a dance game boom, which will be followed by some other manifestation of music games–hopefully some of the new stuff Harmonix is working on! 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!
Rigopulos denies that the decline of Rock Band and sister franchise Guitar Hero was entirely due to Activision‘s “over-publishing”, suggesting instead that being the most expensive games on-shelf during a global recession wasn’t the best timing for the brands.
Now though, it seems times may have changed: The current Rock Band survey presents participants with a number of options – asking about online multiplayer, a fixed campaign mode and backwards compatibility – as well as asking which of the previous games was a favourite.