Rock Band 4 will be released in just under a month, and it plans to build on the addictive music rhythm gameplay that its predecessors made famous. Players can expect freestyle guitar solos solos, vocal runs and a killer setlist that includes the likes of Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Fleetwood Mac. But the thing that will really set it apart is its career mode.
It was previously revealed that Rock Band 4‘s career mode would work like an RPG where we wouldn’t just be playing songs but we’d be able to make serious choices about our bands’ futures. Developer (and co-publisher) Harmonix has now shed more like on that, also explaining how Rock Band 4 aims to be more ‘gender expressive’.
Rock Band 4 Career Mode
Rock Band 4‘s career mode, or “Go On Tour” as it’s officially titled, begins with you as a small hometown band, a new Harmonix blog post explains. As the person in charge of the band’s future, it’s up to you to decide whether you’ll earn as much money as possible or if you’ll play for the love and adoration of your fans. The “unusual characters and circumstances” are all “drawn from the actual real life experiences of the touring musicians who work [at Harmonix]” they say.
The game will offer you a range of big choices, such as whether you become style icons or indie darlings, with each decision you make having a different benefit and outcome. For example, “some paths will lead to more freedom” e.g getting to pick your own setlists but others will grant you “big payouts” with new gear and new clothing.
And speaking of clothing and the like, Harmonix explains that they “took to heart fan requests for more gender expressive options in the Rock Shop”. As a result, special clothing unlocks, hairstyles and facial hair are available no matter which body type you choose – and it’s also worth noting that they refer to the two body types as “masculine and feminine” rather than male and female.
Very few games let you ditch the gender binary in such a way so it’s certainly positive to see that Harmonix has listened to fans and are letting all players represent themselves – their true selves – how they would like.
Rock Band 4 will be released on October 6, 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One.