A recent survey posted by the developer of the Rock Band series may indicate plans for a new installment in the franchise.
The survey (found here) focused on the peripheral based music series that dominated living rooms, and asked for feedback on consumer preferences and pre-orders of a possible new one.
Harmoix Music Systems hasn’t developed a Rock Band game since the last installment, Rock Band Blitz, released in 2012. Harmonix’ recent push on social media for consumers to fill out a survey may be pointing to a current-gen installment. The posts on Twitter and Facebook gave a call to action to fill out the “important” survey and share it across networks. The next day Harmonix’ Facebook page posted a link to another gaming website’s story about the possibility of a new Rock Band game, which at the very least acknowledges the team is aware fans could take the survey as an indication for a new game in the franchise.
The survey also touched on fans preferences of controller set up, and asked how many songs players had purchased ranging from none to 700+. The survey asked participants to rank the following in terms of importance/value:
- Compatibility of existing DLC
- The ability to create and customize my own character
- Local multiplayer
- A fixed campaign mode
- Compatibility of existing hardware
- Online multiplayer
- A variety of venues to play in
- Pro instruments and Pro lessons
- A large on-disc soundtrack
- Competing with the world through leaderboards
- New weekly DLC
- Regularly updated in-game events (Tour Challenges, Battle of the Bands, etc.)
Rock Band debuted on November 20, 2007, for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, with the Playstation 2, and Nintendo Wii releases following later. The game found favorable reviews throughout most media outlets for its rewarding gameplay and fun party-game vibe. The most recent installment, Rock Star Blitz, released in 2012 and found overall favorable reception, though a number of disappointing features held it back.
What’s your take? Would you like another shot at virtual stardom with Rock Band? Or has the market not yet recovered from the gratuitous saturation of music party games that flooded stores? (Remember Wii Music? Eck.) Sound off in the comments below.