Rock Band DLC grinds to a halt

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While Guitar Hero and its spin offs have been relegated to history, Rock Band – though it hasn’t received a retail release since Rock Band 3 in 2010 – has lived on through constant song DLC; every week for the last 275 week.  In some sad news to those who still rock out using their faux plastic instruments, Harmonix have announced that their weekly music updates will cease, and they’ll be releasing their last DLC in April.

In a message to fans on the Rock Band forums, Harmonix has detailed why its dialling its DLC output down to zero.

As you may have seen in our recent announcement regarding the release of Rock Band Blitz tracks as singles, Rock Band DLC production has gradually slowed over the past 5 years. We’ve managed to maintain a consistent release schedule for a staggering 275 consecutive weeks, releasing over 4,000 songs for the Rock Band Platform, but in recent months we’ve scaled production down as we’ve transitioned resources onto other projects. With several new titles in development and developers needed to usher these new games along, April 2nd will be the last weekly DLC release for Rock Band.

While there is no content currently scheduled beyond April 2nd, we still have DLC releases lined up for the next few weeks, including the remaining tracks from RB Blitz, several Pro guitar upgrades, and a handful of artists who have not yet appeared in Rock Band. We’re incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we’ve set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn’t have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing community. As thanks to the community, we’re going to continue the ongoing DLC sale of 50% off over 1,100 songs so fans can continue to build their personal libraries from our back catalog.

Everything else – from the forums, Rock Band Music Store, the leaderboards and Rock Band Network (on the Xbox 360) will continue as normal. This saddens me. I can’t honestly say I’ve bought a ton of the DLC, but Rock Band has been a staple in my household – and probably will continue to be, seeing as I have just a third of the available songs; I’m just sad that Rock Band Led Zeppelin, Rock Band The Rolling Stones and Rock Band Pink Floyd are just never going to happen.

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Harmonix is instead busy with other projects – including something that might just make its way to next-gen consoles, and isn’t called “Dance Central 4.”

Last Updated: February 19, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    (now I’m hungry)

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    I’m still pissed off they didn’t allow for Metallica GH DLC. Bastards. The realisation after I bought it this was fact lead to some serious frayed ends of Sanity. They are still Unforgiven in my books. Too much? Trololol

    • GH and Rockband are different things 😛

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        I know man, meant the concept. You know, piece of Fisherprice plastic, OVG trying his hardest to pretend to be Cliff Burton, and failing on easy? That concept 😛

        • OVG

          Hay man…the bassist is supposed to be chilled the fuck out with a fag in one hand, beer in another, guitar in one and a groupies fine young ass in the other.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Now, we play alone… Man, I must get drunk and block that shit out!

      • OVG

        Same shit different lawyers :p

  • OVG

    Metallica WAS PURE CREAM WITH A CHERRY ON TOP…thanks to Metallica.

    But the rest of the stoned GREEDY rockers spent most of their time fighting Activision for contract disputes.

    P.S. KUDOS to Aerosmith fo being the first pioneers. But it all died after the kick ass GH3.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Agreed. Man, I really enjoyed GH: M, kick ass songs. I loved playing the drums too, to All Nightmare Long. The only real nightmare the neighbours experienced…

  • Banana Jim

    I feel for Harmonix, their whole genre was killed off by that greedy bunch of vomit…. Activision.

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