ROCK BAND BUCKING THE SEQUEL TREND IN 2009


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1.7.2009

Brandon Boyer

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The best games news I’ve heard out of CES thus far? Via Crispy Gamer, Harmonix’s Alex Rigopolus bucking the sequel trend and maintaining development focus on Rock Band as a pure platform, very much as it should be:

“We’ve actually made a choice to break out of the annual release cycle for Rock Band this year,” Rigopolous told the assembled press and industry members. “[This is] partly because the annual cycle places limits on the choices you can make as a developer. We’re trying to take a long term view.”

That doesn’t mean Harmonix hasn’t given up on standalone releases — in October the company announced a new deal with The Beatles to provide a custom one-off Rock Band-esque exploration of the band’s back catalog, slated for release later this year.

Harmonix’ Rigopolous: “Rock Band 3 breaking the annual cycle” [Crispy Gamer]

Previously:
Going deep on music with Harmonix – Offworld
Expect new Guitar Hero releases for the next ten years – Offworld

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COMMENTS

  1. Actually, the Harmonix Beatles game will not be Rock Band branded, and none of the Beatles tracks will be available for download in the Rock Band music store.


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