Rock Band 3

XB360, PS3, WII, DS / Other / Release: Oct 25, 2010 / ESRB: T

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Rock Band and Dance Central will be back this generation, Harmonix says [Update]

Rock Band and Dance Central will be back this generation, Harmonix says [Update]

Update: Will it be back, though? Harmonix Director of Publishing & PR John Drake has issued a denial on Twitter, stating, "People writing that 'HARMONIX IS BRINGING ROCK BAND BACK' as a takeaway from this talk are pretty willfully misrepresenting what was said."

Original story: In a few years, you'll have to get the band back together. Harmonix plans on bringing back the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises, according to CEO Alex Rigopulos. Speaking at a panel at PAX East, Rigopulos explained that both defunct series are "near and dear to our hearts and our minds." And he promised that they'll be back.

Read more: 'Grand plans' coming »

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Metallica songs being pulled from Rock Band DLC library

Metallica songs being pulled from Rock Band DLC library

Harmonix will no longer be releasing DLC songs for its Rock Band series, and a few songs will soon be disappearing from the existing library because of expiring licensing deals.

Read more: Three tracks from Metallica 01 affected »

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130 million Rock Band songs downloaded, as DLC ends

130 million Rock Band songs downloaded, as DLC ends

"It was totally insane to expect people to drop $150 on a video game," Harmonix recounts as it releases a video in tribute of its final Rock Band DLC release. And yet, not only did millions of people join in on the Rock Band craze, they bought DLC. Lots of it.

According to new stats released by Harmonix, there were 130 million songs downloaded through Rock Band. Over 281 weeks, the Rock Band library expanded by 4,246, thanks to the combined efforts of Harmonix and the user-supported Rock Band Network.

Watch: The day the music died »

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'American Pie' is Rock Band's final DLC song

'American Pie' is Rock Band's final DLC song

April 2nd will be the day the music died.

Read more: Rock Band no longer in 'active development'

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Rock Band DLC releases to end in April

Rock Band DLC releases to end in April

Harmonix has released DLC for the Rock Band series for 275 consecutive weeks. Over the past five years, over 4,000 songs have been released for the franchise. However, it's all coming to an end on April 2nd. On that day, Harmonix will no longer regularly release DLC for its music game.

Read more: The Final Countdown »

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Rock Band DLC sale knocks 50% off 1,100 tracks

Rock Band DLC sale knocks 50% off 1,100 tracks

If you fancy some new tunes to play in Rock Band Blitz or to twang on some old favourites in Rock Band 3, a fine opportunity is coming up. To celebrate the rhythm series' fifth anniversary in November and the launch of Blitz, developer Harmonix is planning to make over 1,100 DLC songs half-price in a huge sale, including singles, packs and full albums.

Read more: Kicking off tomorrow »

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Rock Band Blitz setlist partially revealed

Rock Band Blitz setlist partially revealed

Rock Band Blitz is definitely a novel project, one that hopes to appeal to every kind of Rock Band fan: the fan that's still jamming out with friends on plastic instruments, and the fan that's since put those instruments in storage. Harmonix's latest entry in the Rock Band series ditches instrument support--but keeps access to the extensive Rock Band library. All the DLC you've purchased for previous Rock Band games will work in this, and conversely, all the songs being introduced into Blitz will work automatically within Rock Band 3.

Harmonix plans on having 25 songs in the final game. But, what's made the cut so far?

Read more: Cult of Personality, Jeesie's Girl »

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Rock Band 3 never gonna give you up in Valentine's Day DLC

Rock Band 3 never gonna give you up in Valentine's Day DLC

This Valentine's Day, Rock Band 3 is never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna... look, Rick Astley's seminal hit is coming as downloadable content on Valentine's Day, along with lovely-dovey songs from Poison, Mr. Big and Heart.

Watch: Rick Astley's finest in RB3 »

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Rush's '2112' coming to Rock Band this week

Rush's '2112' coming to Rock Band this week

While the music peripheral craze has died down, Harmonix hasn't stopped releasing Rock Band DLC on a weekly basis. In fact, there are nearly 3500 songs in the Rock Band catalog currently available to download.

Unfortunately, very few of these songs are 20 minutes long. Thankfully, Harmonix is fixing that this week with the release of Rush's seven-part "2112" suite.

Read more: When and how much? »

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Viacom ordered to pay Harmonix $383 million

Viacom ordered to pay Harmonix $383 million

When Rock Band developer and its former owner Viacom argued over who exactly owed whom money from bonuses, resolution accountants were called in to sort out the mess.

Former Harmonix shareholders sued Viacom in December 2010, alleging that they were owed substantial bonuses. In retaliation, Viacom counter-sued, saying that the shareholders actually ought to repay Viacom $131 million of the $150 million they received in 2007. Viacom had promised performance-based bonuses for that year and the next when it bought bought Harmonix, but only paid out once. It claimed that only around $18 million had ever been owed.

Read more: Harmonix disputes findings »

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Harmonix developing 'multiple new music games'

Harmonix has confirmed that it is developing "multiple new music games," outside of their popular Rock Band or Dance Central franchises. In fact, according to the company's chief operating officer, the games "won't resemble" the two titles at all.

Read more: Harmonix blazing new trails »

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Rock Band DLC to welcome Stevie Wonder and Coldplay

Rock Band DLC to welcome Stevie Wonder and Coldplay

After surpassing 2 million "Likes" on its Rock Band Facebook page, developer Harmonix has loosened its tongue on upcoming DLC for the musical party title.

In the "coming weeks and months," Rock Band 3 will welcome DLC from first-timers Stevie Wonder and Coldplay as well as Rock Band-content alums Breaking Benjamin and Dream Theater.

Read more: Track packs on the way for some »

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Viacom files $131M suit against former Harmonix shareholders

Viacom files $131M suit against former Harmonix shareholders

Viacom has filed suit against the former stockholders of Harmonix, seeking $131 million to make good on miscalculated payments from 2007. The suit alleges that the company was given $150 million for performance-based payouts, but the company only generated an earn-out payment of $18 million. Viacom is seeking to be refunded for the remaining cost.

Read more: Harmonix says Viacom owes them »

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Rock Band 3 DLC: Faith No More, Phish, Loverboy, and more

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Rock Band 3 DLC: Faith No More, Phish, Loverboy, and more

'Eclectic' is a good way to describe the six new downloadable songs that developer Harmonix has announced for Rock Band 3 in the first week of May.

Loverboy's anthem for working stiffs, "Working for the Weekend," joins a couple of tracks by jam-band Phish, along with "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club, and "Big Bang Baby" by Stone Temple Pilots. Things are rounded out nicely with the addition of Faith No More's "From Out of Nowhere." Read more »

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Rock Band DLC rocks out with Roy Orbison, KISS

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Rock Band DLC rocks out with Roy Orbison, KISS

Next week, Harmonix pays respect to Roy Orbison by releasing a trio of tracks for Rock Band 3 during, what would have been, the singer's 75th birthday week. Need something a little more "demonic"? Harmonix also revealed that two rare live tracks from KISS will also arrive next week.

The two KISS tracks come from the band's 1975 "Dressed to Kill" tour, and have never been released on any album. Orbison's tracks come courtesy of the 1980's and Roy's "In Dreams: Greatest Hits" album. Read more »

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