Harmonix to stop releasing Rock Band tracks
By Chris Cooke | Published on Wednesday 20 February 2013
Harmonix is to stop making new tracks available for download for use within its ‘Rock Band’ game, possibly a final nail in the coffin for the pretend-to-play gaming phenomenon that was so popular for a time, though the gaming firm will continue to support the Rock Central network that distributes existing tracks and stores leader boards for players.
But the move, that will come into effect in April and end five years of ‘Rock Band’ new track releases, does suggest that Harmonix, sold by MTV operator Viacom in 2010, has no plans for a new version of the gaming franchise, despite promises to that effect in late 2011. Viacom bailed on ‘Rock Band’ around about the same time Activision announced it was halting the development of new games for its rival ‘Guitar Hero’ series.