Harmonix just announced they are bringing back the Rock Band game, which had people picking up plastic instruments and engaging in karaoke in the middle of their living rooms. They are introducing more downloadable content starting with “The Rise of the Phoenix” by Tenacious D and “Back to the Shack“ by Weezer. The tracks will be available for Play Station 3 and Xbox 360 and will be sold for $1.99 each. The release of the Tenacious D song comes hot on the heels of the band’s Grammy win for best Metal Performance for their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.”
The tracks will be compatible with Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz versions of the game. The company first hinted that a new game might be coming out for the newer consoles when they sent out an online survey to gamers asking them what songs they would want in a new game. Then, last month, they released the first songs in two years when they made tracks like ”Something From Nothing” by Foo Fighters, “Shepherd of Fire” by Avenged Sevenfold and ”R U Mine” by Arctic Monkeys available to gamers.
The new Rock Band that is in development will be for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The last big Rock Band game was the third installment in 2010. Harmonix started the music gaming trend with Guitar Hero, which later led to the various incarnations of Rock Band and Dance Central. Rock Band eventually surpassed its predecessor, mainly due to the more interactive elements that allowed players to bang on the drums and sing. The game has seen both Beatles and Aerosmith versions as well as a Lego‘s take on it.
Some bands even premiered new songs on the platform, and record companies credited the game with introducing older artists to a younger audience, as well as helping to lift record sales on life support. Though the game has been out of the spotlight, reps from Harmonix have stated that hundreds of thousands are still playing the game every month, so the demand for another installment is just as high as if was when the game was at it’s peak.