Colour me excited that we’re getting a new entry in the Rock Band series because nothing as fun as getting my friends together and jamming out for hours in front of the TV while we ate greasy pizza and drank beer. Pipe dreams, friends!
The logistics boils down to Mad Catz have the access to making the hardware, promotion and sales, while Harmonix will be responsible for all the content coming into the game pre and post launch for users.
Due for release in 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Mad Catz will handle global retail sales, promotion and distribution of the Rock Band 4 game and hardware bundles, while Harmonix will handle all digital sales and content. In addition to co-publishing the game, Mad Catz is developing a new generation of Rock Band 4 wireless music game controllers that will give players the chance to rock as the biggest guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time.
Announced in March 2015, Rock Band 4 has been welcomed with universal excitement from gamers and music fans worldwide. Featuring an unrivalled and diverse collection of music across the spectrum of rock, Rock Band 4will provide gamers with access to over 2,000 compatible tracks via DLC, as well as integrate much of the music they may already own through previous interactions of the franchise*. Already one of the year’s most anticipated games, Rock Band 4 features a host of cutting-edge social and gameplay innovations, as well as a new generation of music game controllers designed to deliver the most authentic band experience ever brought to console.
“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,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “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.”
Daniel Sussman, Product Manager for Harmonix commented, “We’ve been thrilled by the positive response to our announcement earlier this past March. Its proof of what we’ve known all along: music games are alive and well and there’s a huge appetite for a game that can deliver a great experience on guitar, bass, drums and vocals, either solo or as a band. We couldn’t be happier to be working closely with Mad Catz to deliver Rock Band 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to a worldwide audience this year.”