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  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Would You Buy New Instruments For A Next-Gen Rock Band?

    Today, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopolus said that the company intends to bring back the Rock Band franchise. Would you spring for new instruments to play one? Of course, it's possible that Harmonix could make a Rock Band that didn't require plastic instruments (though what fun would that be?) or make... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Has Plans To Revive Rock Band And Dance Central Franchises

    At PAX East, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos said that the company has not given up on its two most successful past franchises. During his keynote address at PAX East, Alex Rigopulos said the company has "grand plans" to revive the dormant series. He did not talk specifics, but did say that he... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Layoffs Hit Rock Band Creator Harmonix

    News is coming in that Rock Band and Dance Central studio Harmonix has suffered a round of layoffs. The studio is currently working on Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Joystiq is reporting confirmation that a “small number” of employees have been let go because of “shifting... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Harmonix Server Back Online After Hack

    Update: After a hack last week, Harmonix servers for RockBand.com, DanceCentral.com, and HarmonixMusic.com have been restored. Players should now login and reset their passwords. Harmonix also released the following apology: Thanks so much for being loyal Harmonix fans over the years. For those of you... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Explains Expiring Rock Band Licenses

    Song licensing is what drove the music game craze a few years ago, but it also comes with its problems as well. Harmonix is notifying Rock Band owners what happens when a license expires. On a Facebook posting , the company explains that some of the licenses for a "very limited number of songs"... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] "American Pie" Closes Out Rock Band's DLC

    [Update] With the release of Don Mclean's "American Pie" today, Harmonix's streak of updating Rock Band with new DLC will come to an end at 281 weeks. Over 130 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band store since its launch in 2007. Here's to a job well done by Harmonix... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Do You Think About Harmonix's DLC Stoppage?

    Harmonix has confirmed that DLC for both Rock Band and Dance Central will be stopping in coming months. How do you feel about the company's decision to stop delivering new downloadable songs for its biggest games? Rock Band has released over 4,000 songs for the game as DLC, and the Dance Central... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Ceasing New Rock Band DLC Releases In April

    Music games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have waned in popularity over the last couple of years, and now April marks the final month of new DLC releases for the Rock Band series. Developer Harmonix shared the news today in a blog post that April 2 will feature the last weekly DLC release for Rock Band... More
  • Blog Post: Massive Rock Band Sale This Week

    Harmonix announced a week-long sale on over 1,100 songs available through the Rock Band Music Store for all platforms. Both singles and packs are now 50% off. The sale kicks off tomorrow, September 18. For the complete list of tracks that are part of the sale and the dates they're available, check... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Gives Rock Band Blitz A Stimulus Package

    Harmonix took some heat over Rock Band Blitz 's in-game economy, and the company has responded with a few tweaks. It's now easier to earn coins, which is great news for people looking to claw their way up the leaderboards. Powerups cost in-game money, which is added to your bank with each star... More
  • Blog Post: Rock Band Blitz Set List Revealed

    Rock Band Blitz is the first game in the series to completely abandon the plastic instruments that made the games so famous. You’ll be able to play most of your preexisting Rock Band 3 songs in Rock Band Blitz, but the game also comes with 25 songs that are new to the series. The new artists include... More
  • Blog Post: Rock Band Being Removed From App Store

    EA confirmed it's removing Rock Band iOS and Rock Band Reloaded from the Apple App store on July 31. The publisher says the games are being removed due to a licensing agreement ending with developer Harmonix. If you've already purchased the games you can still play them after the date, but you... More
  • Blog Post: Something's Up With Rock Band iOS

    Update : EA has apparently changed its tune regarding the iOS version of Rock Band. Players were greeted with a message stating that the game was going to be rendered unplayable starting May 31, which created a bit of a stir online. Now the publisher says the notice was sent in error. "Rock Band... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10: Spiritual  Successors

    Some games series die before their time, but that doesn't always mean the end. Occasionally, fate takes a turn and resurrects yesteryear's gaming glory. Here are ten of the best unofficial sequels in gaming history. This list originally appeared in issue 228 of Game Informer Magazine. BioShock... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Ordered To Pay $383 Million To Former Harmonix Shareholders

    Viacom and Harmonix have been passing the bill back and forth to one another like a ping-pong ball. The latest update is that Viacom has been ordered by an arbitrator to pay former Harmonix shareholders $383 million. The dispute is all over promised bonuses that were only partially delivered when Viacom... More
  • Blog Post: Rush's 20 Minute Epic 2112 Coming To Rock Band

    The 20-minute, seven part suite opening track from Rush's 1976 album, 2112, is coming to Rock Band. According to Harmonox, “2112” will be offered as three separate playable packages: one combines “Overture” and “The Temple of Syrinx”; the second features “Discovery”... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Charts The Future Of Rock Band

    The music game genre flamed out spectacularly last year, but Harmonix was here before the boom, and they're sticking around for what's next. Recently the company's leadership spoke about the future of Rock Band. "In the longer term, looking into next year," Alex Rigopulos, Harmonix... More
  • Blog Post: Stevie Wonder, Coldplay DLC Coming To Rock Band 3

    One of the most talented musicians of all time and Gwyneth Paltrow's husband's band are coming to Harmonix's ever-growing roster of downloadable songs. Harmonix announced some future DLC plans today to celebrate reaching 2 million "Likes" on its Facebook page . I honestly can't... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Suing Harmonix Stockholders

    As far as corporate break-ups go, the split between Viacom and Rock Band developer Harmonix late last year seemed to go about as smoothly as possible. Apparently all is not well, though, as Viacom has filed a lawsuit seeking over $130 million from Harmonix stockholders who benefited from Viacom's... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Marks Milestone With Weezer, Janis Joplin

    Say what you will about Rock Band DLC, you can't bash them for lack of consistency. Next week's DLC marks a milestone for Harmonix, which has been releasing additional tracks to the series for 200 straight weeks. So what tracks has the studio chosen to mark the occasion? Something by Led Zeppelin... More
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