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Rock Band 4 will be co-published by Mad Catz

Mad Catz isn't only working with Harmonix to deliver peripherals for Rock Band 4 when it releases, but they're taking their relationship to another level by becoming co-publishers.


Mad Catz has announced they will be co-publishing Rock Band 4 and will be in charge of the title’s retail sales, promotion, and worldwide distribution. Harmonix will still retain control of the game’s digital sales as well as any additional DLC.

Mad Catz was already working with Harmonix to deliver new hardware for Rock Band 4 when the game was first announced last month, but this new partnership takes things to another level beyond just creating peripherals. Speaking of peripherals, Mad Catz’s public relations director Alex Verrey says he believes his company will be delivering the “very best music game controllers you’ve ever played with.”

Activision announced its Guitar Hero franchise was also being revitalized this year with Guitar Hero Live. The publisher plans on taking the legendary music franchise into the realm of first-person perspective as players will be able to literally take the stage during their performances. In comparison, we really don’t know much about Rock Band 4 besides that it’ll be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and that Mad Catz is working on peripherals. We still don’t know how it’ll look, what it’ll offer, and if our previously-purchased DLC will be transferrable. While today’s news of Mad Catz co-publishing Rock Band 4 is certainly interesting, we’re dying to see what Harmonix has up its sleeve in terms of gameplay for the title.

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    April 21, 2015 7:25 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Rock Band 4 will be co-published by Mad Catz

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      April 21, 2015 8:12 AM


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      April 21, 2015 8:54 AM

      That explains a lot.

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      April 21, 2015 9:00 AM

      This announce video from March that was linked in the article is a pretty good counterpoint to the conversation about DICE's developer diary, haha.

      But... yeah, I dunno. IIRC, the hardware was the part that Rock Band had the hardest part with, and Mad Catz has been at least OK in my recent experiences (the Mad Catz fightsticks for SF4, and Saitek X52 Pro / X55 on the HOTAS front, though I don't use those myself). I don't really think it's a bad thing here.

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        April 21, 2015 9:06 AM

        I didn't know Mad Catz owned Saitek, surely the flight stick designs pre-date that acquisition though.

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          April 21, 2015 10:01 AM

          Somewhat - they were bought in 2007, 8 years ago. They X52 Pro was launched around the same time, otherwise the X65 and X55 came later.

          Also looking at the Wikipedia page, Mad Catz already was the publisher/distributor of Rock Band 3 after Nov 2011. Huh!

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      April 21, 2015 9:04 AM

      that... could be a good thing? retail is all mad catz, digital is harmonix. I'm on board with this approach, at least from the initial reaction

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      April 21, 2015 9:35 AM


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