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Harmonix and Konami Settle Lawsuits Over Music Game Patents

Bloomberg reports that Harmonix and Konami have dropped lawsuits aimed at one another over patents relating to music video games. The original suit by Konami in July 2008 was met with a counter-suit from Harmonix in February 2009.

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"Seriously... it seemed odd for Konami to challenge Rock Band with something so clearly inferior."
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Rock Band Getting Jimi Hendrix in 'New Edition'

[UPDATE] Speaking to Shacknews, a Harmonix spokesperson referred to reports of a standalone Hendrix-themed Rock Band game as incorrect and reiterated the official statement of being "in discussions to bring more of his music to our platform." [/UPDATE]

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"YES!!!! Finally an artist worthy of a title like this! It's not that The Beatles were ..."
- panbient    See all 16 comments

Green Day: Rock Band Developers Clarified

Following a recent discovery from info-sleuthing site superannuation, in which Demiurge Studios' Adam Rosenfield revealed that Rock Band developer Harmonix had enlisted Demiurge to help make Green Day: Rock Band, publisher MTV Games has confirmed the collaboration through statements to both Joystiq and Destructoid.

Demiurge Studios previously worked with Harmonix on the Rock Band: Country Track Pack and the Rock Band: Metal Track Pack, and were also responsible for the PC port of Mass Effect. MK12, the design firm behind the fantastic cinematics for The Beatles: Rock Band has also been brought on board to contribute. Read more »

"Hey. I didn't like the Beatles, but I can respect that they are a beloved band and made great ..."
- GigiLeCheshire    See all 5 comments

LEGO Rock Band Officially Announced, Includes Europe's 'The Final Countdown'

Confirming the long-running rumors, publishers Warner Bros. and MTV Games today announced that LEGO Rock Band will hit PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS in "holiday 2009."

LEGO Star Wars developer TT Games is handling the three consoles versions "in partnership" with Rock Band series creator Harmonix, while the Nintendo DS release "will be co-developed by TT Games and Harmonix in partnership with [Rock Band Unplugged PSP developer] Backbone Entertainment." A few tracks were revealed: Read more »

"I usually won't pull out a number if I can't back it up or I'll put a caveat on it. In the lines ..."
- Sailor of Fortune    See all 72 comments

Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock Puts Old DLC in Shiny New Standalone Package

In its latest effort to bring downloadable content to a wider audience, music game developer Harmonix today announced Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock, which collects 20 formerly download-only songs in a $29.99 standalone retail release.

The Classic Pack will hit PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii on May 19. Those that buy the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions will be able to export the included tracks for use in Rock Band or Rock Band 2 via online connectivity. While the pack doesn't require any past Rock Band games, players will need to get their hands on compatible instruments. Read more »

"this chart isn't correct, I can use my Wii version of GH:WT stuff with Rock Band 2 with no ..."
- Old_Fart    See all 6 comments

Harmonix Responds to Latest Rock Band Lawsuit, Labels It 'Opportunistic and Baseless'

Rock Band developer Harmonix and owner MTV Games have responded to a $5 million-plus lawsuit regarding defective Rock Band kick pedals, labeling the charges "opportunistic and baseless."

In an e-mail to Shacknews, a company representative stated:

Harmonix and MTV Games are dedicated to consumers having an outstanding experience with our products. When used as directed, our drum pedals are designed to provide years of enjoyment. In addition, at the launch of Rock Band we offered consumers an extended opportunity return defective or broken hardware for any reason whatsoever--no questions asked. This litigation is opportunistic and baseless.
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"and since most people that play these games are NOT musicians.... tada! broken pedal."
- vertdang    See all 20 comments

Harmonix Gets Rock Band 2 Class Action Lawsuit

Everybody involved in the making of music-rhythm phenomenon Rock Band--developer Harmonix, publisher MTV, MTV owner Viacom, and distributor Electronic Arts--has been hit with a class-action lawsuit stemming from the game's drum peripheral.

Monte Morgan of Kansas alleges that the above four companies conspired to sell defective drum kits after admitting that the drums' kick pedals were defective. Morgan's lawyers noted that the defendants' special warranty extension lasted until October 1--just before the release of Rock Band 2 featuring a new and improved kick pedal. Read more »

"not a conspiracy, just u cant make a good solid pedal for the cost of what they wanted to make ..."
- chilln    See all 15 comments

Harmonix Founders Get $300 Million Bonus

Viacom may be part of the same media empire as the money-hemorrhaging Midway, but that hasn't stopped the MTV Games parent from giving $300 million to just two men: Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, founders of Rock Band developer Harmonix.

Bloomberg reports that the duo, who started Harmonix in 1995 during their time at MIT, "received $150 million last quarter for exceeding performance targets" and are due another payment "exceeding $150 million" in 2009. Read more »

"If HMX offers bonuses based on company performance, then they'll probably get a decent amount. ..."
- nuvm    See all 24 comments

Rock Band Wii Arrives June 22, Will Not Offer Downloadable Songs or Online Play

Despite pending litigation, MTV-owned developer Harmonix has announced that its music-based multi-instrument title Rock Band will hit the Wii on June 22 in North America.

The Wii version will come with a total of 63 songs, five of which are bonus songs. A full list of the 63 tracks was not provided, though the initial 58 are expected to mirror the 45 main songs and 13 bonus tracks of the previously-released PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 editions. Read more »

"yea well i think the biggest bumber is no world tour... all we do when i go over to my friends ..."
- cptbobsaget    See all 103 comments

Gibson Sues EA, MTV, Harmonix over Rock Band; Update: Harmonix Responds, Denies Allegations

Update: Rock Band developer Harmonix has issued a response to the lawsuit, labeling guitar maker Gibson's claims of patent infringement "completely without merit."

"It is unfortunate that Gibson unfairly desires to share in the tremendous success enjoyed by the developers of Rock Band and Guitar Hero," a Harmonix spokesperson told Shacknews. "This lawsuit is completely without merit and we intend to defend it vigorously. Read more »

"i thought gibson *already licensed the shape to gh*. they're just greedy pigs"
- kiddygrinder    See all 61 comments

Rock Band Earns Harmonix Possible $208M Bonus

The strong performance of Harmonix's multiplayer rhythm game Rock Band (PS2, PS3, X360) may have earned its former shareholders upwards of $208 million, reports Gamasutra.

Going by Viacom's annual report to the SEC, the company's acquisition of Harmonix in 2005 included a clause that stipulated performance-based incentives for the former sharholders if Rock Band exceeded expectations. Read more »

"You earn $190 million on something... you pay 208.7 million in bonuses.... crazy."
- dirtypunk    See all 13 comments

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