Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RockBand Turns 10, and Legacy Songs Return!

Here's a little bit of shocking news... But did you know that the Rock Band series has been around for almost 10 years now? Yep, it's true! Back in 2007, after moving on from Guitar Hero, Harmonix introduced to the world the newest craze in the music game genre, and it has been growing larger ever since. Sure, the series may not be "all the rage" as it was back in the day, but it continues to stand strong despite the passage of time. Since the release of the original game, there has been multiple sequels, spin off titles, song packs, etc, and the online store has been populated with thousands of songs to download as well. What was once a single set list evolved into something massive, and it continues to expand week after week thanks to the release of Rock Band 4. Well, today it was announced that the library will be growing even larger, and to celebrate 10 years of RB, Harmonix will be licensing old songs for release once again!

While this isn't something everyone will care about, it's actually one of the best things they could have done for the game. You see, not everyone has access to every song in RB's history. Licenses expire, songs are removed, and the option to export songs from RB1, 2, Lego RB (and a few others) was put to an end. Because of legal issues, these songs from the past are no longer available to those who missed out on them the first time around, and that's really a shame considering how many great songs there were. Of course now this will all be changing.

Although we don't know all of the specifics, Harmonix has announced that they will be bringing back some of the most popular songs from the past in the form of DLC that everyone can buy. According to this official blog post, the first songs releasing will be "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from RB1, "Carry On Wayward Son" from RB2, and "Swing, Swing" from Lego RB, with even more to come throughout the year. If this pattern were to continue, that would mean we will be getting at least 12 songs from each game by the end of the year. Of course they could always release more than that, and they could always release less -- nothing is confirmed here besides the first three. Either way it's a promising start, and it gives many a reason to look forward to the coming months.

Thank you Harmonix! Can't wait to see what will be coming next! (Please be Free Falling, Summer of 69, In Too Deep, and Accidentally in Love!)

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