Harmonix

  • I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

    I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

    VR is a tricky medium to do well, but Harmonix’s upcoming Rock Band VR might just be the perfect fit. The game has always been about making players feel like they’re real rock stars, living in an alternate reality where they chased their dream and actually did master the guitar and make it big. Virtual reality finally gives Rock Band players the chance to feel real stage presence… Read More

  • Oculus Announces Rock Band VR For The Rift

    Oculus Announces Rock Band VR For The Rift

    We’ve learned what the big announcement from Oculus is, which was shared on stage at The Game Awards in Los Angeles tonight. The announcement wasn’t about when the Rift would be available (or how much it will cost), so we’re stuck with the “Q1 of 2016,” timeframe for now. However, 23-year-old Oculus founder and Rift inventor Luckey did announce a new made-for-VR… Read More

  • Rock Band 4 Previews Freestyle Guitar Solos

    Harmonix Shows Off Freestyle Guitar Solos For Rock Band 4

    Rock Band developers Harmonix stopped by New York City last week to preview the latest installment, Rock Band 4. In the video above, Harmonix PR Lead Nick Chester shows off the big gameplay addition, freestyle guitar solos. As the name suggests, the solos allow players to be more flexible in their playing — rather than hitting the exact right note at the exact right time, you can just… Read More

  • 1 to 10, how excited are you about The Beatles: Rock Band?

    How did we miss this, a nine-page article in the New York Times about The Beatles: Rock Band? Is it overkill? Perhaps. Rock Band isn’t exactly new, and The Beatles aren’t exactly some unsigned band, but you have to consider the Times’ audience: older folks who probably saw The Beatles live at Shea Stadium, and who would be genuinely excited to see the band show up on iTunes… Read More

  • Wii finally able to download content and rock out

    The moment that Wii owners have been waiting for has finally happened. Yep, Harmonix announced yesterday that the Rock Band store for the Wii is finally open, and owners of the game can start downloading tracks and getting their rock on with some new music. Read More

  • Harmonix says Wii Rock Band 2 coming real soon, "sorry 'bout the delay"

    Rock Band 2 has been available for ages on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but the Wii version has yet seen a retail shelf. According to the Harmonix website though, that will change on December 18, 2008. So hopefully, within a few days, you can get your fantasy rock’n on the Wii, but we’ll believe it when we peep the box at Wal-Mart. We want to apologise for the delay in getting RB2 onto… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Rock Band Special Edition Bundle for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii

    Just in time for the holiday rush, Harmonix has announced that they’re slashing prices on RB SE bundles for all major platforms. PlayStation 2 and Wii owners can pick up the bundle for $99 while the Xbox 360 and PS3 bundle will retail for $140. How much were these things before? Read More

  • Video: Rock Band developers aren't very good at playing Rock Band

    This is a silly, nigh inaudible video of some Harmonix developers playing Rock Band. They mostly stink, I think—I’m not a Rock Band or Guitar Hero connoisseur—but as Kotaku points out, it’s hard to fault Harmonix completely. First of all, this video was taken at the Nottingham GameCity3 event, whatever that was—it’s fair to assume that they all had a few… Read More

  • For Wii: Guitar Hero III guitar works just fine in Rock Band 2

    Harmonix just confirmed on its message board that Wii Guitar Hero III controllers will work just fine on Rock Band 2, which is due to be released on November 18. Note that the opposite—using Rock Band 2 guitars in Guitar Hero—isn’t confirmed. via Wii Fanboy Read More

  • AC/DC gets their own version of Rock Band, sold exclusively at Wal*Mart [Update]

    This is getting out of hand. MTV is set to announce AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack today, says the NYT. The game’s launch in November will help boost awareness for the band’s new album “Black Ice.” Each Wal*Mart store will have a special section dedicated to the game, album and other memorabilia. MTV and Wal*Mart are apparently looking to set up pop-up stores in… Read More

  • How to: Host the most kickass Rock Band 2 party


    It’s been five days since the release of RB2 and the weekend is almost here. Any plans? No? How about you, yes you, host the most kickass rock-n-roll RB2 party this weekend? We will, with the help of Wired, provide you with a handful of options to unleash the maximum potential of your newly purchased RB2 software. Read More

  • How To: Unlock all tracks in Rock Band 2


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    Remember the unlock code from the first one? Yeah, it’s the same thing – Red, Yellow, Blue, Red, Red, Blue, Blue, Red, Yellow, Blue. Read More

  • Rock Band 2 going live on September 14 for Xbox 360 with a couple caveats


    Rock ‘n’ Roll, sort of. The disc for RB2 (shipping today) will arrive on retail shelves the 14th, but the wireless drums and guitars won’t be in stores until later in the week. The software will cost $60 while the drums will set you back $90 and the guitar will be $70. And don’t forget about the Mad Catz RB bass or the RB ION drum rocker. Read More

  • Harmonix hints at music creator tool for Rock Band


    Life is full of tough decisions. Weighing in on the choice of which game fans should buy this fall, the new Rock Band or the new Guitar Hero, MTV’s Multiplayer gaming blog uncovered a hint to features that might be coming to Harmonix’s Rock Band in the future. This from a Harmonix PR guy: “We’ve talked about doing a music creator. We’ve actually done them before… Read More

  • Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle not coming 'till October?

    Rock Band groupies aren’t going to like this. It seems that Harmonix has pushed the Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle Edition’s early release back to October 19. For those not keeping track, that was the date the standalone game was shipping for all platforms.  Originally, a wanna-be-rock’r could pick up the program a month early on September 14, but that person would have to… Read More

  • Some ‘Rock Band 2’ details for your perusal

    Hey, look at that fancy guitar there, wouldja? That’s what you’ll get if you buy Rock Band 2 when it comes out in the fall. If you already own the first Rock Band and you purchased any songs for it, they’ll all transfer over to Rock Band 2. Glory be! Kotaku tells us that you’ll also get new drums with “a metal reinforced pedal, quieter pads, velocity… Read More

  • Guitar Hero World controller released


    I like the look of this thing better. Looks more like my guitar, which I think is good because my guitar is good-looking, even if I can’t play it worth a damn. As you can see, it’s got a knob to serve as a whammy bar (I’m guessing), as well as a touch-sensitive bar for bending and sliding notes and even an accelerometer to activate your thrashing super powers. Nice little… Read More

  • Rock Band 2 cover art revealed?

    The blokes over at Joystiq just received two potential cover art samples for Rock Band 2. A survey conducted by Listen Research appears to be the venue from which these scans were obtained. Participants in the survey were asked the following questions. * Indicate which of the two covers below would attract you more if you were shopping for a new game in a store.
    * Indicate which game… Read More

  • Fake: MTV news reports Harmonix to follow Rock Band with new game: Record Label

    Very funny, MTV News. You thought you’d wait a full 8 days after April Fools to try to pull one over on us, but I’m onto you. According to the site, Harmonix is set to follow up the hit Rock Band with a larger-scope game called Record Label, where you use payola, pre-fab producers, and scantily clad teen pop stars to get as far ahead in the music biz as you can. The game uses… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Harmonix hates Nintendo for not including a hard drive in the Wii, hence no DLC


    Flickr’d Rock Band‘s creators say Nintendo goofed by not including a hard drive in the Wii. Without the drive, Harmonix argues, there’s no way it can offer downloadable content, or DLC in the vernacular. DLC for Rock Band usually chimes in at around 30MB per song; the Wii only has 512MB of internal storage. What hath God wrought? Not much, apparetly. Read More