The music rhythm games used to be one of the biggest in gaming. But after the 2008 recession gamers had less money and there were so many music games that it was neither necessary nor affordable to keep buying them or their plastic peripherals. Music rhythm games aren’t gone for good though as Harmonix recently announced Rock Band 4.
Approximately diddly squat is known about Rock Band 4 other than the fact that Harmonix has ditched their MTV overlords in an effort to make the game a purer experience. Harmonix isn’t going totally solo though, as the developer has now announced that Mad Catz will be co-publishing Rock Band 4 later this year.
Mad Catz to Publish Rock Band 4
The deal will see Mad Catz handle all of the physical retail of the game, including the marketing and distribution. Harmonix, meanwhile, will handle all of the digital sales including all Rock Band 4 DLC.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz explains:
“Since the announcement of Rock Band 4, we’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response of passionate fans and gamers worldwide. The time is right to re-introduce the franchise to the new generation of consoles and our co-publishing agreement is a natural extension of the excellent relationship both companies share in realizing that vision. We’re excited to extend our agreement with Harmonix, and are confident that Mad Catz’ global sales force, distribution channels and retail marketing expertise will deliver the retail success we believe Rock Band 4 will achieve in 2015 and beyond.”
The announcement that Mad Catz will be taking up publishing duties comes after Harmonix’s previous reveal that Mad Catz is also making new peripherals for the game. The new guitar and drum kit won’t actually have any new features, though, and Rock Band 4 will support all of our old Rock Band peripherals (as well as our existing DLC). Harmonix has even said that they are aiming to support old Guitar Hero instruments too, which is nice since even Guitar Hero Live, the upcoming Guitar Hero game, won’t be backwards compatible.
It was a huge risk for Harmonix to make Rock Band 4 on their own – even if the game might benefit from the decision to ditch MTV – and going up against Guitar Hero Live was only going make things more difficult. It should be seen as a good thing that Mad Catz is going to use their muscle to get Rock Band 4 in front of more people then, and this is pretty much a win-win for both companies.
Rock Band 4 will be released on Xbox One and PS4 later in 2015.