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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