LEGO Rock Band Confirmed by GDC Slide Foul-up?

By Nick Breckon, Apr 06, 2009 1:01pm PDT A cut slide from Harmonix senior designer Dan Teasdale's GDC lecture has lent considerable credence to the rumor of a LEGO Rock Band project.

The image, noticed by a Kotaku tipster, comes from an early version of Teasdale's set of slides, which was accidentally posted by GDC show runner Think Services.

Another slide featured placeholder text reading "project to be announced before or at 9 AM Friday," with Teasdale writing in the margins, "There's a project that I'll be talking about here, but it hasn't been announced yet. BUT - I will be showing it at GDC!"

But Harmonix stayed silent on Friday, leading Teasdale to cut the slides from his talk.

The slide also reveals a few unannounced Guitar Hero projects, including "GH: VH" and "GH: BH," which could refer to the rumored Guitar Hero: Van Halen and Guitar Hero: Band Hero projects, respectively.

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  • A couple ideas for what this could be, If it is indeed a video game.

    1) Rock Band's Nintendo DS entry, with the release of the DSi and the DSi Ware Store this is currently the only unsupported major platform Harmonix hasn't developed for. This leads me to believe that it could be a DS Game that is being developed by an outside studio. The PSP version of Rock Band Unplugged is being developed by a Californian Studio and isn't an in-house game title which makes sense considering Harmonix doesn't have a lot of (or any?) releases on hand held platforms. With the new DSi Ware store this gives Harmonix the ability to integrate its music store and DLC platform which has been powering its franchise to profitability.

    2) This could also be an iPod Game. Also a major growth platform Harmonix hasn't yet ventured into the mobile arena but with the coming iPhone 3.0 OS upgrade in June, once again Harmonix can integrate its Music Store platform and continue to pump DLC out to the masses. Either way I think Rock band is highly suited for the iPod platform considering most songs are under 5 minutes making it easy on the battery life and good for short play sessions.

    The main point I am trying to make is that if you look at RB1 and RB2 they both work on their Music Store platform allowing you to import any Game Disc or Track Pack you want and not have to changed discs to play the handful of songs you like on a particular game. (Unlike GH which you have to change discs to play Aerosmith, Metallic and the like) I think the "LEGO" concept is better suited for the weaker graphics platforms that are typical in the hand-held market and not really logical for a major platform release considering how much work has gone into creating an efficient and profitable platform on the 3 major current consoles.

    Well Just my 2 cents.