The lights are on
Rock Band VR is just weeks away, and Harmonix continues to pull back the curtain on game modes and the final selection of playable songs.
20 more tracks were just unveiled, including "Suffragette City" by David Bowie, "Holiday" by Green Day, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. These tunes join the 21 songs already announced for the VR title, leaving 19 more to be revealed before launch.
Rock Band has sporadically dabbled with story-based campaign modes, most recently in the form of Rockudrama mode from Rock Band 4: Rivals. Rock Band VR continues this trend with its own focus on narrative. The campaign mode follows your player character, a guitarist for the in-game band, Audioblaster. Harmonix is promising an immersive story in which other band members (Derek, Maddy, and Wes) come across as fully-realized characters, and not mechanical automatons. The developer made extensive use of voice-over recording and motion capture techniques to enhance the VR experience. Harmonix is aiming for authenticity in Rock Band VR's story mode, and their goal is to use the virtual reality format to enhance the intimacy of being part of a rock and roll band.
For more on Rock Band VR, check out GI's earlier setlist reveal and how the classic Rock Band gameplay is being adapted into VR here.
Rock Band VR releases on March 23 for Oculus Rift.
[Source: Harmonix Blog]
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I liked when these games were about guitars. And before they started recycling songs.
I feel like Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero really need to target a new audience with any current- or future-games. Like, I accept that I "aged" out of it after college - but why not make one thats targeting college kids NOW? Change the style, update the track list, bring it to a platform that's widespread (even if, ugh, you have to incorporate mobile phones somehow), etc. A Rift-exclusive Rock Band seems like not a good bet, and I know Oculus is producing it and Harmonix won't look a gift horse in the mouth. Its just a weird "get" for Oculus considering they're playing to a niche audience of hardcore early adopter PC Gamers (but not hardcore enough to buy a Vive)
Honestly, a Rock Band (or a rhythm title in general) for the Samsung Gear would make more sense right now. Those things - lets be honest - have more market penetration than any of the dedicated gaming headsets right now since so many Galaxy users have them.
Sounds kinda cool. I would think this would be better with Guitar Hero given its more realistic setting