Harmonix axes Rock Band Network on Wii

Harmonix revealed today that the Wii will no longer receive updates from the Rock Band Network due to lack of interest.

Rock Band Network is a tool which allows bands to create playable versions of their own songs without having to go through Harmonix. It is directly integrated with Xbox Live, and select songs are then ported over to the PS3 and, until now, the Wii.

The following Rock Band Network songs were released to the Wii today:

The Main Drag – “How We’d Look On Paper”
Wounded Soul – “Rx”
Band of Horses – “The Great Salt Lake”
Firewind – “Head Up High”
Cetan Clawson and the Soul Side – “White Heat”
OK Go – “White Knuckles”

These are the last RBN tracks that will grace the console, although PS3 updates will continue uninterrupted.

"With the smaller online install base, limited demand for releases so far and the significant amount of work it takes for our producers and audio team to convert and process these additional tracks, we’re no longer able to continue submitting RBN content to the Wii," said a Harmonix spokesperson.

The Wii will still receive the normal DLC updates, which take less time and bandwidth to be posted.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Jan 18, 2011

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  • Scooby721 - January 19, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    @shawksta I don't think @theintellectual is trolling at all. I've seen the exact same thing. I've seen dozens of Wii's in people's houses just sitting and collecting dust. I'm not saying the Wii is a good or bad console, but people are called casual gamers for a reason. Most people I know bought a Wii when it first came out and then played it for 2 or 3 months and then just got bored with it. Many people bought a Wii because when it first came out that was the trendy thing to do. I remember the same thing happened with the PS One.
  • RideZeLitenin - January 19, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    Even though I gave up music genre games a little under a year ago, I still see this as a little sad. The decline of the music genre game is at full swing as we know it.
  • FanofSaiyan - January 19, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    This has caused a few RB fans to migrate over to Guitar Hero...
  • Aforextreme - January 19, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    I own Rock Band 3 on Wii. I wanted to play "Airbrushed" by Anamanaguchi on the game, which is to come out on RBN 2.0 soon. Now, I can't. And this is coming from my favorite developers.
  • Crabhand - January 19, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    As a longtime Rock Band fan, I feel sorry for Wii owners. They've been constantly getting the short end of the stick due to the Wii's lackluster online infrastructure. Even PS3 owners were deprived of RBN for a while because they don't have the indie-friendly infrastructure of XBL. I hope too many Wii owners don't feel jilted.
  • shawksta - January 18, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    First of all, Wii's Online isnt perfect, they should stick with 360/PS3 for the network, and second, its hard saying people "Lost Interested" Their probably just busy playing the Top Dog Wii games of 2010. @theintellectual No not really,Dont troll, especially now of all times since 2010 brought ALLOT to the wii including its already huge amount of games, there's less reason to own one, and it gained more than just the stereotypical "Casual" crap.
  • batmanboy11 - January 18, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Least there's still regular DLC.
  • theintellectual - January 18, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    i think itès mostly because many people have stopped looking at the wii as a legitimate game console. in nearly every house i've seen it in, the wii is gathering dust. which is what happens when you try to gear your whole console to casual audiences.
  • grappler51 - January 18, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    It's kind of depressing but I can understand it, at least I'll still get regular DLC
  • skeletalbutton - January 18, 2011 8 p.m.

    I find something quite depressing about online services being quietly killed thanks to lack of traffic.
  • Thorpe - January 18, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Seems fair. After all, Rock Band is much bigger on PS3 and Xbox 360 - consoles that are much more focused on online content.

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