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Rock Band 4 Will Feature A ‘Top-Tier Soundtrack’

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Following early March’s press release confirming Rock Band 4 ‘s introduction to the PS4 and Xbox One, Harmonix informed players that they’ve allocated the budget for ‘a top-tier soundtrack‘.

“We’re starting to get songs up and through the QA process now,” said Harmonix project manager Daniel Sussman. ” It’s one of those things that I don’t want to say we’ll have a set number for launch, because I don’t want to be wrong, but it is our intent to support the whole catalog.”

During an interview with IGN, Harmonix Music Systems Chief Creative Officer and co-founder Alex Rigopulos eased any worries as to the quality of the songs in the game, promising that the selection of songs is “one aspect of the experience that we’re not aiming to change.” Harmonix hasn’t yet come clean on exactly which songs will be featured in the game, but have said that the game will support “over 2000 tracks released since the 2007 launch of the original Rock Band, accounting for more than 500 of rock music’s most legendary artists.” This includes previously purchased downloadable songs, according to Sussman.

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“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 Sussman. “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.”

Harmonix has no DLC plans in the works at the moment, although Rigopulos believes that the previous ‘weekly model’ worked in the company’s favor.

“I think that the weekly model did work very well for us last time around,” said Rigopulos. “It’s certainly our plan to have a steady, ongoing series of DLC releases indefinitely after the release of the core title. Whether the weekly rhythm is the correct rhythm or not, I don’t know that’s set yet.”

Players can expect to see hundreds of songs available at the game’s release, with more songs to come regularly after launch. Previously purchased songs are free to download (although songs made for a specific platform must stay within that platform), and Harmonix plans to make sure that the downloads are as seamless as possible.

 

About Deborah Crocker

Deborah is a 22 year old semi-hermit currently plodding through her senior year of college and getting her feet wet in game journalism. She has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with high fantasy, video games, novels, and Elder Scrolls. When she's not in front of a screen, she enjoys singing and a bit of beading. She's also currently on the hunt for the restaurant with the best cheeseburger.

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