When developers Harmonix created Guitar Hero back in 2005, the world was your audience as you lived out your fantasy of playing some of your fave guitar/bass driven tracks while racking up bonuses and achievements.
But it was two years later when Harmonix parted ways with Activision and partnered up with Electronic Arts (EA) to combine the ideals of Guitar Hero with drums, vocals, and turning it up to 11, Rock Band was born.
Available across all platforms and skill sets, Rock Band took off like a literal shot and pretty much left predecessor Guitar Hero in the dust, spawning several titles including Rock Band 2 & 3, The Beatles: Rock Band, Lego Rock Band, Rock Band Blitz and Green Day: Rock Band while fans enjoyed weekly DLC (downloadable content) purchases of some of their fave bands and song packages from the likes of South Park, Jonathan Coulton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motley Crue, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Dead Kennedys, No Doubt and beyond since 2008.
Sadly, the weekly DLC package will be coming to an end as Harmonix announced on their official blog Monday that the last available DLC package will be released on April 2nd.
Billie Joe Armstrong in Green Day: Rock Band
The blog states “As you may have seen in our recent announcement regarding the release of Rock Band Blitz tracks as singles, Rock Band DLC production has gradually slowed over the past five years. We have managed to maintain a consistent release schedule for a staggering 275 consecutive weeks, releasing over 4,000 songs for the Rock Band Platform, but in recent months we’ve scaled production down as we’ve transitioned resources onto other projects. With several new titles in development and developers needed to usher these new games along, April 2nd will be the last weekly DLC release for Rock Band.”
But just because this is happening doesn’t mean you should be sad because UNTIL THEN, you’re gonna get your weekly DLC fix, upgrades AND some new tracks from bands who’ve yet to join the Rock Band playlist.
“While there is no content currently scheduled beyond April 2nd, we still have DLC releases lined up for the next few weeks, including the remaining tracks from Rock Band Blitz, several Pro Guitar upgrades, and a handful of artists who have not yet appeared in Rock Band. We’re incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we’ve set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn’t have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing community. As thanks to the community, we’re going to continue the ongoing DLC sale of 50% off over 1,100 songs so fans can continue to build their personal libraries from our back catalog.”
If I tried to list EVERY track that’s been made available since 2008, I’d be here for about a month and since Wiki’s done it for me, you can check the complete playlist here.
But seriously, Harmonix…PLEASE include Metric’s track Black Sheep (or the version sung by Brie Larson in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) in a DLC; you finally got around to including Andrew W.K.’s track Party Hard and I’ve been harrassing your Twitter for the last 2 years to add it so just do it already.
While a little bummed that it’ll be the end of an era come April 2nd, I’m equally as excited to see what Harmonix’s got up their sleeve for the future.
Until then, I’m gonna keep on rockin’ to my fave song EVER of all the Rock Band games at the top of my lungs…
It’s more than a feeling, Harmonix. Thank you for turning everyone (myself included) into a bonafide armchair rockstar.
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