Several years ago, if you were to ask video game fans what their favorite party-style video game was, the majority would have said Rock Band. It seemed unstoppable in both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, as developers emerged with sequel after sequel.
However, almost as suddenly as it emerged, it ceased. The founding company, Harmonix, moved on to bigger and better games and the legend of Rock Band quickly petered off.
This was five years ago, shortly following the release of Rock Band 3. Now, to the delight of Rock Band enthusiasts around the world, Harmonix recently announced the release of Rock Band 4 coming this year. Here are a few things you have to look forward to with the new and improved game.
New and Improved Interface
Fans of the music game will remember that each of the new Rock Band games included a lot of fancy features that made the game look cool, but the basic interface was a little too simple for users. Once they reached a certain point and played all the songs, there wasn’t much point in continuing the game. It was simply a stock game that lacked the potential to go further.
The new game comes with new challenges that offer more of an arcade adventure. The Rock Band 4 experience comes in three parts to meet the wishes of most of their participants.
To begin with, there’s the simple desire to get the highest score possible and play all of the notes precisely. It also has the party feature that allows players to compete in large groups. The final part is new to the Rock Band experience with a story mode that leads you on your career as a virtual rock star. The makers of the game hope that the combination of these three features will lead to a better overall playing experience.
Songs Across Platforms
The makers of the game are working extremely hard to allow the users to move their downloaded songs across platforms. Though they have approval for compatibility between different gaming consoles, the problem they’re dealing with is licensing with the original song owners. However, the makers are optimistic about the progress they’ve made so far.
All New Instruments
Though developers are doing everything they can to allow the compatibility of the old instruments, they are also working to create new and improved instruments.
The new instruments will not only be receiving a slight face-lift, but they will also be significantly improved in the hardware. They’re looking to improve not only the tilt function, but also the latency of the instruments. There will be minimal add-ons to the design, but the new instruments are slated to function more smoothly than the original versions.
Though updates will continually be administered to the game, there are no prospects for more Rock Band games in the future. That will depend on the success of this new game.