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No Rock Band 4 Yet, More DLC Though

A Game Informer interview with Harmonix VP of Strategy and Business Development Chris Rigopulos has revealed some interesting info about the potential future of the music game-oriented studio. With the outlook of music games seeming rather bleak lately, you'd think a company like Harmonix wouldn't have much in store.

After severing ties with MTV, Harmonix has less muscle to put behind new DLC tracks, but Rigopulos is quick to assure that the change isn't stopping their plans. “Fans will be getting their first glimpse this month at some of the music that the independent Harmonix has been working to bring to Rock Band. I don’t expect any dramatic changes to how we select music--well, I doubt you will see any more SpongeBob SquarePants packs.”

New tracks for this month include works from The Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, and Ozzy Osbourne. Foo Fighter selections will be based on their new album, Wasting Light. Along with those packs, Harmonix will also release a Peter Frampton track, the 13-minute “Do You Feel Like We Do” from Frampton Comes Alive.

With Guitar Hero on hiatus, Harmonix has the band game sub-genre to themselves. “We’ve seen an unexpected spike in new users picking up Rock Band in the past months,” said Rigopulos.

Does that mean we can expect more Rockband soon? “We’re not planning a Rock Band 4 disc release in 2011,” Rigopulos explained. “Rock Band 3 is a big game with lots of available music content and lots of new goals and challenges. We want to give our fans the time to explore that fully. But rest assured that Harmonix is still developing new ideas and concepts to advance the Rock Band franchise, and we look forward to sharing those when the time is right.”

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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