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Rock Band Blitz: Harmonix reveals controller-driven update for summer release

With Harmonix's Rock Band having barely emerged alive from the Plastic Instrument Wars of 2008, the former's no longer bound by its feud with the Rock Band franchise, which threw its final horns last year (Activision ends the Guitar Hero franchise). Now there's no competitor at its heels – and a diminished audience asking, “what next?” – the developer's free to take its signature series wherever it pleases. Enter this summer's PSN/XBLA revival, Rock Band Blitz.

Eschewing the big clicky plastic instruments which defined the series' initial iteration, Blitz “is an arcade game, so it's quick and fun," explains project director Mathew Nord, who also calls the game “fast, silly, loud, and over the top.” Nord says whereas previous Rock Bands strove for “music authenticity and performance simulation,” this title uses the humble Xbox or PS3 controller to mix rhythm-action with arcade-style power-ups and score-play. Which the old games had plenty of too, but the game's emphasis on this area looks to provide twitch-play thrills to make up for the lack of a big plastic Strat about your neck.

Launching Summer, Rock Band Blitz will boast full compatibility with all existing Rock Band tracks, and ship with 25 new backwards-compatible tracks. The company's also supporting its new title with the same constant updates enjoyed by Rock Band 3.

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8 comments

  • bboyd - April 3, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    Regardless of whether or not you ever hopped on the Rhythm Game phenomenon, you have to hand it to Harmonix. They have pretty much solidified themselves as one of the most devoted developers to have ever existed. New content, every single week, for four years. Just think about that for a second. . . And even now, once the genre is all but dead and buried, they find a way to keep the IP alive and offer something fresh to the fans. Awfully hard not to respect a developer like that.
  • DiabloC=3 - April 3, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    It's easy to not respect them when they copy a game that existed long before guitar hero. It was called amplify, it was on Ps2 it was the same game, actually it looked better. BOOM!
  • bboyd - April 3, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    I really, really hope you're just being sarcastic and I'm not picking up on it, because: 1) I believe the game you're talking about is "Amplitude" and 2) That game was made by Harmonix.
  • DiabloC=3 - April 3, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    Right, it's been so long since they made that game I totally forgot the name.(serious) Thank god Harmonix is so original that they can bring back an old game after they bought the rights to a bunch of songs during a fad. POW! (combative) The () are so you know that you are a ****** count the letters you know what I'm saying and and and AND because you can't understand sarcasm. DURRR!
  • Tranquilbez34 - April 3, 2012 10:23 p.m.

    So looking forward to this Game, The Trailer had Jessie's Girl and Pumped Up Kicks, that's enough for me ot buy this game :)
  • gopie - April 4, 2012 4:41 a.m.

    "All the tracks are backwards compatable" Does that mean if I buy this game I'll be able to play all the songs from it on rockband 3?
  • Darkhawk - April 4, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    FYI the canonical "Frequency" series: 1) Frequency 2) Amplitude 3) Phase (for iPod nano... no, really) 4) Rock Band: Unplugged (PSP) 5) Rock Band Blitz Once I get RBB I'll be 5 for 5 :D
  • Darkhawk - April 4, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    Holy **** GR commenting system; why does it always delete my formatting?

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