Both depressing and encouraging at the same time to read this. Some interesting ideas and opinions in here. I personally would love to see a new RB. I would buy it, I would buy it and a next gen console to play it on. I am not wealthy, but it has been the best bang for the buck with my family and friends. Far better value than going to movies regularly!! When RB 2 came out we had an awesome RB party where our friends came over dressed in costume. Every holiday season we have a party that ends with us playing RB into the wee hours of the morning.
Ahhhh... to re-live those days. What would it take?
1. - Instruments. I completely agree that new instruments would be key. In just a few short years the technology has advanced pretty far. I believe they could now create a better instrument for the same price as the original. I am sure that a large number of fans here would find renewed enjoyment with newer, better instruments. Word of mouth would get around and the player base could actually grow - new players as well as returning.
2. - DLC transfer. I think many of us here agree that re-purchasing all of the DLC that we have would be cost prohibitive. I may be wrong, (complete assumption) but I believe that the production (coding) of the song was at least 1/2 of the expense of DLC. It is the licensing that would still be a factor - (unless of course they would need to re-code the song for a new console). I would gladly pay maybe 1.00 per song that I had previously purchased, or perhaps a sliding scale of sorts - 10.00 for 12 songs, 15.00 for 20 songs, of my choice from my previous purchases, to add to a new console. It would help me to be more selective of the music that ends up on the new console! (There is a LOT on there that I don't play)
3. - Full support from MS or SONY, showcasing it as a launch title. Let the Kinect do a video of you and your friends playing the game.
I think it can survive, even thrive, if a new version is strong and not watered down.