Boston, Mass. – Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., is pleased to reveal details of its plan to support and expand Rock Band™ 4 as an ongoing live service. The program officially kicks off with its first major feature update on December 8th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
“Since we announced back in March, Harmonix has been saying Rock Band 4 will be the only Rock Band game for this console generation. We are thrilled to unveil details of our plan today as the realization of that promise,” explained Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak.
The post-launch program calls for monthly updates of varying scopes. These will be a mix of smaller releases focusing on bug fixing and stability improvements and larger updates adding new types of content and full-fledged features. Harmonix will engage in an open dialog with its community and use this feedback to help determine the future direction of the franchise.
The first update in the program will be offered for free* and is scheduled to hit the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 8th. It focuses mostly on competitive and social features, including an entirely new online competitive system called “Score Challenges” which utilizes a live activity feed that shows users what their friends are playing, and allows them to compete with each other for high scores on songs. For more details about what else is coming in the December update, like the highly requested Auto-Kick option, visit the Harmonix Blog.
“This first feature update should give our players a taste of what’s to come as Rock Band 4 evolves over the next year and beyond. All of us on the team are excited to develop and support the game in collaboration with our amazingly creative community.” added Rock Band 4 product manager, Daniel Sussman.
Called “the new benchmark for rhythm gaming” by GamesRadar+, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love, with brand new features, including game-changing Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay that allows players to craft their own face-melting and truly original guitar solos.
*On Xbox One, Xbox Live account required
Source: Press Release