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Rock Band 3 DLC to cease in April

Monday, 18th February 2013 23:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Rock Band DLC updates will end this April, heralding the franchise’s relegation to history as Harmonix moves on to new projects.

In a post on the Rock Band forums, the developer confirmed the last Rock Band content drop is due on April 2. Harmonix has extended a massive sale on DLC to mark the somewhat historic occasion.

Since launching the Rock Band Store in 2007, Harmonix has delivered more than 4,000 in an unbroken stream of 275 consecutive weekly updates. The DLC milestone is all the more impressive given Harmonix’s troubled history over the last few years; following the release of Rock Band 3, it was dumped by owner MTV when Viacom chose to shutter its subsidiary’s gaming operations. It managed to buy itself, going independent, and continued releasing DLC, business as usual.

Harmonix acknowledged a recent slow-down in DLC production, saying resources have been gradually siphoned off to “several new titles in development”.

Harmonix was the original developer of Guitar Hero and after parting ways with Activision introduced the band genre with the Rock Band franchise; as well as the three numbered core entries, there’s a downloadable title called Rock Band Blitz which is played with a control pad, and which is cross-buy compatible with Rock Band 3 DLC.

It went on to notable success with the Dance Central series for Kinect, and is now rumoured to have a narrative-driven combat title in the works called Chroma among other projects.

Thanks, IGN.

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4 Comments

  1. Hunam

    All I can say is thank god it will stop clogging up the Most Recent section of addons on XBLMP. Although that’s down to MS not creating a per game/group category for spammy stuff like PSN does.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. JimFear-666

    my guess is that it wasnt profitable anymore thats why they stop it. Anyway, it was about time. Most of the people i know around me are tired as hell of the music genre. I wonder who still play rockband on a daily baisis and still buy dlc?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ghil

    I still play almost daily, and I’m a bit sad at the news. I really hope something new comes along.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkees19

    I still look for the DLC but music to my liking has decreased over time. I still do play once or twice a week and will be sad to see it go.

    #4 2 years ago

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