Rock Band 4 won’t just arrive on modern systems this year – it will also support over 2000 legacy DLC tracks from the last console generation.
Wow, has it really been almost five years since the last core Rock Band game? Strange, considering the entire franchise received near-universal praise and is one of the few party games even non-gamers rock out to. Thankfully, we don’t have much longer to wait until the Rock Band bus drives into this console generation: Harmonix has announced that Rock Band 4 will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles this year – and supports DLC you purchased on previous systems.
“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends,” Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak said in a press release. “Focusing on the core experience that our fans have told us they love allows us to evolve established gameplay in meaningful ways that we can’t wait to share with everyone later this year.”
Most information about what to expect from Rock Band 4 will be revealed in May, but the biggest detail involves DLC. Outside of the core soundtrack, Rock Band 4 will support over 2000 DLC tracks offered since the franchise started in 2007. Considering Rock Band 3 featured a steady stream of DLC content for three years, that could make for an impressive music library. And if you already purchased Rock Band DLC for a last-gen console, you can download it for Rock Band 4 at no charge.
“Since the beginning, we’ve called Rock Band a music platform. Players responded by downloading hundreds of their favorite tracks, and building a massive library of playable music,” Rock Band 4 Product Manager Daniel Sussman explained. “It’s important for us to respect those purchases and enable our fans to bring that content over to the Rock Band platform on new generation consoles.”
In fairness, the legacy DLC won’t necessarily be available when Rock Band 4 launches, but the fact that it’s coming is great news for long-time fans. In the meantime, players can start gearing up for music that will be included in the core game later this year. The exact release date will likely be revealed in May.