Evidence suggests that Harmonix may be adding J-Rock performers like Gackt and L'Arc~en~Ciel to upcoming Rock Band DLC.
Years ago, Harmonix announced that it would be working on Rock Band: Japan, a veritable celebration of the long, storied, and really weird J-Rock scene. Flash forward two years, and the project seems dead in the water: We're probably not getting Rock Band: Japan, says Harmonix's PR manager Nick Drake.
But that doesn't mean you won't ever get to get your Gackt on in Rock Band, nosiree. Harmonix is now apparently considering the option of making J-Rock songs available via DLC. The Boston-based developer contacted J-Rock fansite J-Rock Revolution, which polled its members to find out what acts they'd like to see in hypothetical DLC. The results?
Is this a good thing? Are they talented acts? The only ones I've heard of on that list are Gackt and L'Arc~en~Ciel, and that's because the former is Japan's equivalent to Michael Jackson at the height of his popularity, and I think the latter was in the first Ouendan.
I can't say I'd get a J-Rock DLC package myself, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who would. Especially the ones who live in Japan.