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Well since Rock Band is dead the only thing left...
Zombie Rock Band.
It'll never die.
But it might turn on you when you least expect it >_____>
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Well if that's what you go by then nothing's ever dead. Video games are immortal!!!
So what about Rock Band? We're getting a Rock Band 4 because...why? It's been two years. The market is dwindling. New consumer support is laughable, at best. The release of RB3 was plagued with missteps. Peripheral supplies just two years ago were difficult enough. But at least we have weekly DLC...at a lower rate than at the game's height of popularity and with an increasing reliance on upper-tier artists to generate sales.
And how's RBN doing? Numbers on the decline? No major label support? Only a few, dedicated charting groups remaining? Whatever is going on there isn't going to pick up the so-called slack that 'official' DLC has left behind.
SheSaid, if you wish to play a dumb semantics game, then you'll win because you'll be playing by yourself. But I did say that the only way that Rock Band survives is with a new infusion of instruments. And that isn't going to happen without a RB4. And we have no real indication that that is happening either.
And even then, the market may still not support it.
I will not be surprised to see a sequel to Blitz before RB4. Harmonix? They're doing fine. Rock Band? Not so much. Truth may be unpleasant sometimes, but it doesn't make it any less true.
So, Rock Band in the future? Well, we'll still have the old games to play. And hey, they may even release RB4 for all the new consoles. But so what? Niche titles struggle enough as it is. Niche titles with an extra $100+ investment? Yeah. That screams long term viability.
Still active and still viable are two different things. Don't conflate the two.
I must have missed the part where HMX stopped releasing weekly DLC for this 'dead' franchise. If it didn't make business sense to do it, they wouldn't.
Past its prime and dead in the ground are two different things. Don't conflate the two.
If Rock Band was dead, we wouldn't have weekly DLC. Or even monthly DLC or sporadic DLC. And we probably wouldn't have had a new game a few months ago or a Facebook app that gets updated every week.