Right up there with Fallout 4, music rhythm game Rock Band 4 has been on of gaming’s most highly anticipated properties. After Harmonix’ popular series went on an indefinite hiatus follow Rock Band 3 in 2010, fans of the series wondered when or even if the developer would revive it once more, and bless them with a new version of the world famous party game.
Back in March, Harmonix confirmed that Rock Band 4 was in the works and would be released later this year. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait a single minute longer to rock out with the game’s plastic guitar, drum kit or microphone as Rock Band 4 has now been released on PS4 and Xboox One and Harmonix has also created an ‘electric’ launch trailer to celebrate. Watch it after the break.
Rock Band 4 Released + Launch Trailer
As you can tell by the Rock Band 4 launch trailer, the latest game in the series aims to preserve what made us all fall in love with its button-matching antics in the first place. There are some (welcome) changes though, such as the fact that Harmonix has added freestyle guitar solos, freestyle drum fills and freestyle vocals to every track in the game.
Also new to Rock Band 4 is the game’s RPG-like career mode. Instead of just playing your way through setlists, taking your band from rags to riches, Rock Band 4‘s career will let you make active decisions about your band’s rise to the top. This includes selling out with corporate endorsements and using the money to buy new threads or ‘keeping it real’, and focusing more on your fans and what they want instead of the money in your pocket. Plus, when you design your virtual rocker, you’ll be able to do so with ‘gender expressive’ customisation.
Other aspects of Rock Band 4 include the game’s huge library of songs, as the entire back catalogue of Rock Band songs is compatible with the new title. And, today Harmonix added several new songs to the Rock Band Music Store, including September by Earth, Wind & Fire, King for a Day by Pierce the Veil ft. Kellin Quinn, and Move Over by Janis Joplin.
It’s also worth noting that Rock Band 4 has had some pretty good reviews so far; Eurogamer said it’s ‘Recommended’ and The Escapist gave it 4.5/5. It’s yet to be seen whether Rock Band 4 (and Guitar Hero Live, which is out in two weeks) will completely revive the music rhythm genre and restore it to its former glory but right now, those plastic instruments are certainly making all of the right noises.