The evidence has been piling up for months and now it's official.
Developer Harmonix has announced at GDC this week that Rock Band 4 is indeed in development and will ship later this year. It's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it will support legacy instruments in addition to offering brand new instrument options.
The best part for long-time fans is that if you purchased a bunch of DLC songs in the past, they'll be playable in the new version. There's no gameplay available just yet but the team has been doing a lot of talking. For instance, product manager Daniel Sussman tells GamesIndustry.biz that they're operating on one of the "leanest budgets" they've ever used.
As for instruments, they're not doing anything too new; rather, they chose to stick with platform holders so fans can use their own instruments. Still, Sussman says "that doesn't mean it can't innovate" and they're looking to make RB4 the definitive, ongoing edition. "We do not anticipate having a Rock Band 6, 7, 8," he said. Sussman added:
"I think there's a lot of room for creative expression in the software and changing the hardware design sets up a really vicious feedback loop. There's something nice about understanding the controller design and designing for that as opposed to innovating both in parallel."
You can't wait for it, huh?
Related Game(s): Rock Band 4