Given the current state of Mad Catz as a result of its gamble on Rock Band 4, a divorce between the publisher and Harmonix seemed quite possible. Today, Harmonix confirmed the parting of ways by announcing a new co-publishing partnership with the folks at Performance Designed Products (PDP). Not only will PDP work to design future Rock Band instruments, but Harmonix has also announced 'a major Rock Band 4 feature update' that's set to hit this fall. This will be issued in addition to the lesser monthly feature updates that have been delivered to Rock Band 4 owners since December.
"As we look to fully achieve our goal of creating this console generation's category-defining music gaming platform, we need to partner with a truly world-class manufacturer that can operate at the scale that Rock Band requires," Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak said via press release. "PDP has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, customer satisfaction, and quality. They have the logistical and technical expertise to support Harmonix’s ambitious plans for the future of Rock Band, with new hardware alongside a major Rock Band 4 feature update coming this Fall,"
The change in partnership comes nearly a month after Mad Catz saw a massive executive board shakeup and laid off 37 percent of its workforce, citing overmanufacturing of Rock Band instruments and underwhelming Rock Band 4 sales. Mad Catz is still listed as the publisher of the Rock Band 4 software and will presumably still get a cut of those sales.
While it's too early to speculate whether the PDP partnership will have the same ending, it should be noted that Harmonix has more than Rock Band 4 on consoles on its plate. There's currently a Fig crowdfunding campaign underway to help bring Rock Band 4 to PC, while the developer also announced Rock Band VR during December's Game Awards.
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I think it's adorable how Harmonix is trying to stay afloat and bring yet another company to the brink. If only they'd had released a full fledged sequel , with new features. Instead of shitting all over their customers, fans and business partners.