Friday, February 11, 2011

Harmonix: We're Still Working on Rock Band

Harmonix' John Drake spoke up about the Guitar Hero discontinuation from earlier this week as well as the newly independent Harmonix and it's own plans for the music genre and it's Rock Band brand in particular.

Drake says that they were saddened by Activision's GH layoffs but will not be giving up on the music genre themselves. Saying that they'll be focused on the Rock Band 'digital platform' and have plenty in store for the future including a relaunch of the RB online network:
Harmonix and Rock Band continue to push beyond simple performance simulation to pioneer new approaches to music gaming. Rock Band 3 saw the introduction of our innovative new Pro Mode, in which aspiring musicians of all ages can develop actual musical skills through gameplay on guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. We’re looking forward to the imminent release of the Fender Squier Stratocaster Guitar Controller, a fully functional guitar which doubles as a Rock Band Pro controller (launching March 1st). We are also relaunching the Rock Band Network, a way for bands of all shapes and sizes to get their music into Rock Band. RBN just passed the 1000-songs mark, and its relaunch will now support keyboards, pro drums and vocal harmonies. The music genre is one that calls for constant reinvention, and Harmonix is continuing to welcome and embrace that call.
 It's nice to see that not everybody ran for the hill when they saw dipping sales.