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Thursday, January 22 2015 08:30

Is ROCK BAND 4 Coming in 2015? Do YOU Want it? Here's Your Chance to Be Heard...

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Could Harmonix really be releasing the "next-gen" version of ROCK BAND this year? Rumors have been swirling since last fall that ROCK BAND 4 (though that may not be the title) is in-the-works, and last week it appeared that the waters were being tested when the ROCK BAND Music Store on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 "sprung to life" after nearly two years of dormancy following the final DLC release back in April of 2013 (which I wrote about here). New tracks from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ARCTIC MONKEYS arrived for ROCK BAND alongside FOO FIGHTERS' "Something From Nothing" (aka the "Chicago" song from SONIC HIGHWAYS), presented in the classic vocals/guitar/bass/drums format of earlier releases. So the question is... do YOU want a new ROCK BAND game? And if so, would you make your voice heard? 

If you've ever played and loved the ROCK BAND franchise, please take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7Z2SHPN. The folks at Harmonix know that there's already a community of a few hundred thousand people that are still playing ROCK BAND games regularly on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (hence that's where the DLC went - none for Wii, etc.), but they have some important questions regarding what players would want in the next-gen platform for the (formerly next-gen) current-gen systems like Xbox One (which I need to get) and Playstation 4. Take the survey.

My Take: WE NEED A NEW ROCK BAND GAME.

After playing the first ROCK BAND at a party in 2007, I was sold - a convert to music gaming after being an "anti-GUITAR HERO" guy without even playing it. From that point on, I've covered the music gaming genre for multiple websites, right through the Fall of 2010 (where massive overkill essentially stalled the genre) and through the end of DLC in 2013. Those plastic instruments brought people together and forged a connection with music that people are missing... and new players have yet to experience. It led to music discovery, and inspired players to make the jump into real instruments. ROCK BAND taught me how to play drums - real drums - after being a guitarist for 20+ years. Millions enjoyed ROCK BAND at it's peak (remember when bars and such held tournaments?), and it's time to bring that back.

Fingers are crossed that E3 brings an announcement of more ROCK in our future... I just hope that everyone and their brother doesn't try to jump in and overkill it like last time. Harmonix was the best, and I have no doubt that they will be again.

Stay tuned...

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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