January DLC: weeks of 1/22 and 1/29

HMXJohnlokHMXJohnlok Harmonix Developer
edited February 2008 in Announcements
Hey all,

We know all of you were super curious about the recent January-DLC information that surfaced. As previously reported, the Downloadable content for the weeks of January 22nd and January 29th are:

Week of January 22nd, 2008

Oasis Pack-
- “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
- “Live Forever”
- “Wonderwall”

Week of January 29th, 2008

- “Siva”- by Smashing Pumpkins
- “Working Man” as made famous by Rush
- “Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood and Burial)” as made famous by Coheed
and Cambria

The Oasis pack will be available as a pack for $5.49 (440 Microsoft points), or $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) for the individual tracks. Please note that the Week of January 29th is NOT a pack, as it was reported. These songs are only available individually.

We plan to continue posting each week's DLC every Monday starting again in February.

Enjoy! I hope you're looking forward to the DLC as much as I am :p
-John

Comments

  • UltraceUltrace Road Warrior
    edited January 2008
    Jet Wolf already covered most of my concerns (in this post.) I definitely am not excited about the Oasis tracks--not because of them as a group or anything; I actually listened to all of these on Youtube and in addition to sounding similar, I don't get any sense of energy from the songs (which translates into a lack of fun in playing.) Even the slower songs in the game (Wanted Dead or Alive, Say It Ain't So, Moonage Daydream, Iron Lung, etc.) have a certain something that all of these lack, so it will be the first week we completely pass on.

    The repetition of artists already in the game versus new is something of a letdown. My own personal outlook is that a 1:3 or 1:2 ratio of already-in:brand new would be the best route for DLC. In this respect, the overall base for groups would be continuously expanding, while still allowing bands already in the game another chance as it were. But so far for DLC, with these new songs, we've had 26 songs from groups in the core game and just 20 from new artists--which also includes 2 and 3 songs from some of those new groups. That's a little more than 40% content from new groups, instead of the 65-75% or so that I think would better help growth.

    I'd prefer--and yes, I am aware that it's not just me, me, me--that we see something like 1 old artist, 2 new artists in a random selection each week. If there will be a 3-pack of songs from a group already in the game, brace it with 9 songs from new blood. Fresh songs are good, but fresh groups are even better.

    Overall, I'm still very happy that the DLC continues to flow, and it's clear that some people will enjoy the Oasis and other tracks. The law of averages says that there would come a time that we would skip some DLC--I'll be fine to get that out of the way now and look forward to hopefully something more my speed in February...
  • undertowundertow Road Warrior
    edited January 2008
    HMXJohnD;261772 said:
    Hey Undertow:

    Excellent suggestion. In the short run, we're going to stick with Monday announcements (there's a few structural reasons in terms of how DLC is approved and posted that make Monday the best day for us), but we'll keep an open mind as to what might be the best day to announce if that process changes!

    ROCK,
    HMXJohnD

    Thank you for the speedy reply and thank you for taking time out to listen to your fans/customers!

    Nothing more needs to be said, I just wanted to take this time to thank everyone at Harmonix for an awesome job on an awesome game!

    Loyal Harmonix Customer,
    Kevin - undertow
  • markymarky Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    The Oasis pack is just pure genius! Thank you :) That's if I'm able to get the DLC from the US PS store (I imported ^^)
  • tekturbotekturbo Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    Good stuff! Oasis, nice! Keep up the good work, thanks for clearing everything up too!
  • eVan_DieseleVan_Diesel Rising Star
    edited January 2008
    Glad to see an "official" official announcement. I'll be buying all but the Smashing Pumpkins & Coheed/Cambria song. :D
  • SenRaqSenRaq Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    WOW, an Oases pack. I can't wait ;). ..on a seperate note...

    Good job on DLC announcement several weeks ahead of the normal. Is this only because stuff got leaked, or will this be something to strive for in the future? The more we know in advance would be better, I think.


    Know your rights to RRROOOCCCKKK!!!
  • torsoultorsoul Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    will probably be getting ALL of these. also more rush, and more pumpkins is always a wonderful thing; hopefully there will be a ton more from them to come! coheed i can take or leave, but whatever, i'll get it.
  • KMoneyFiascoKMoneyFiasco Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    When the game first came out my buddy are I we talking about how awesome Working Man would be to have in the game. (its one of my Favorite Rush tunes) But since that song was never officially a single we figured we'd never see it. I guess we were wrong. Awesome selection.
  • Stevenam81Stevenam81 Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    I knew "Progressive Pack" just didn't sound right. I was thinking...How is Rush progressive rock? lol. Actually, I don't know that any of those 3 can be considered progressive. I'm happy with these tracks.
  • PhatMagikPhatMagik Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    More Rush just makes me a happy person.

    The only Coheed song I've ever liked is Welcome Home and this one as a cover? I do believe I will be passing ol' chaps.
  • bmore007bmore007 Road Warrior
    edited January 2008
    To the guy complaining about not enough energy, watch these links and say there's no energy in these songs.

    Don't Look Back in Anger Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iul4SBlHIf8

    Live Forever Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w6QxYplTBs

    Wonderwall Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmybmVNjfbI
  • Fatal1ty_ReaperFatal1ty_Reaper Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    Am I dreaming? More Coheed?!?! YES!!! Ahem, thas cool I spos.
  • FamousLastXFamousLastX Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    Exayle;261768 said:
    Well... it's been officially confirmed, and while you guys probably won't answer, I'll still say it.

    Why, oh why is Ten Speed a cover track?
    I'd really like to know this as well. If they managed to get Welcome Home in there as a master track, why is this one a cover?
  • Mets1931Mets1931 Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    I couldn't be happier about the three Oasis songs they picked. Three of my favorites. I was thinking about posting yesteray asking for them and now they are announced today! Awesome. Harmonix you have made this the best game I've ever bought and I've only had it for 2 months.

    As for the weekend after. I like the Siamese Dream and Mellan Collie pumpkins but I've never heard Siva. A quick listen on Youtube didn't jump at me so I'm not sure about that one. I know a lot of people love Rush here and I understand that it would be a good song for guitar but I don't like Tom Sawyer that much and their music just doesn't excite me so I think I'll pass. I may pick up Coheed if it is a good cover. I enjoyed the song the first time I ever heard it today.

    I am ecstatic about Oasis and am happy that others feel that way about Working Man/Siva/Coheed.
  • QuastorQuastor Rising Star
    edited January 2008
    WHAT? No Bob Seger? Laaaaaame...
    Ultrace;261803 said:

    The repetition of artists already in the game versus new is something of a letdown. My own personal outlook is that a 1:3 or 1:2 ratio of already-in:brand new would be the best route for DLC. In this respect, the overall base for groups would be continuously expanding, while still allowing bands already in the game another chance as it were. But so far for DLC, with these new songs, we've had 26 songs from groups in the core game and just 20 from new artists--which also includes 2 and 3 songs from some of those new groups. That's a little more than 40% content from new groups, instead of the 65-75% or so that I think would better help growth.
    I wouldn't be too concerned at this point. It entirely makes sense that a lot of the DLC is from artists on the disc. It was said in an interview before the game's release that HMX was surprised at how easy they were getting licenses for some bands. For instance, while trying to secure the rights to use "In Bloom" for the game, they were offered the rights to the entire Nevermind album.

    In the same vein, the majority of these songs coming out were licensed at the same time as the on-disc songs. I'm confident that as we continue to move on through the year and the initial well of licenses dries up, we'll see more and more variety in the artists made available.
  • WestiesWesties Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    Coheed track is a cover >.<
    Ah well, prog pack is a solid set of songs which I'll be getting as soon as it's available :)

    I'll forgive you if you release GAIBS4:Vol 1 or 2 as a full album pack sometime in the future ;)
  • man13overboredman13overbored Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    loved the blink-182 song this week, but why is ten speed a cover when you got the master for welcome home?
  • Mets1931Mets1931 Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    Quastor;261854 said:
    WHAT? No Bob Seger? Laaaaaame...
    Rock and Roll Never Forgets would be great for this game.
  • schmittyschmitty Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    bmore007;261835 said:
    To the guy complaining about not enough energy, watch these links and say there's no energy in these songs.

    Don't Look Back in Anger Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iul4SBlHIf8

    Live Forever Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w6QxYplTBs

    Wonderwall Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmybmVNjfbI
    Not to completely change the subject but there was no energy in any of those songs. It was just a bunch of people standing and playing there instruments. No energy at all.


    Its good to see that you aren't publicly mad about the leaked DLC HMX or trying to deny it or something.
  • JetWolfJetWolf Rising Star
    edited January 2008
    bmore007;261835 said:
    To the guy complaining about not enough energy, watch these links and say there's no energy in these songs.
    While you may or may not be correct (and I don't like these songs anywhere near enough to follow your links to listen to them again), you've offered live versions. Even if those versions you linked are absolutely bursting to the seams with energy, those are not the versions being offered in Rock Band.

    As to the announcement, I already said my piece in another thread. I'll simply reiterate the positive parts: Good job on the continuing diversity, HMX. I'm very much looking forward to February.
  • bmore007bmore007 Road Warrior
    edited January 2008
    schmitty;261868 said:
    Not to completely change the subject but there was no energy in any of those songs. It was just a bunch of people standing and playing there instruments. No energy at all.


    Its good to see that you aren't publicly mad about the leaked DLC HMX or trying to deny it or something.
    Energy isn't only defined as jumping around on stage like an ass. It's in the crowd and great performance of the song.
  • 72tomahawk7272tomahawk72 Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    Stevenam81;261826 said:
    I knew "Progressive Pack" just didn't sound right. I was thinking...How is Rush progressive rock? lol. Actually, I don't know that any of those 3 can be considered progressive. I'm happy with these tracks.
    Rush is definitely prog. Go to the prog boards and they're there.

    Some think Coheed is and others don't.

    Smashing Pumpkins is certainly not.


    I'm assuming the Coheed song is a cover because the drums must be mixed down on this track....or something.
  • trident5trident5 Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    My brother will LOVE 'Wonderwall' with a capitol LOVE.

    I'll give you his thanks before he even plays it.
  • schmittyschmitty Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    bmore007;261835 said:


    [QUOTE=bmore007;261885]Energy isn't only defined as jumping around on stage like an ass. It's in the crowd and great performance of the song.
    No thats excitement of fans and great performance of the song. Which were both shown in the links.
  • sushi111sushi111 Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    Live Forever for the massive win
  • TralfamadorTralfamador Unsigned
    edited January 2008
    Oasis! Nice choices for the DLC.
    I"m not a fan of Smashing Pumpkins, but I'll be buying the 5 other songs.
    And I'm sure a lot of people are happy about Smashing Pumpkins too.
    Hooray January!
  • snwns26snwns26 Road Warrior
    edited January 2008
    Hmm, I'll go ahead and ask something that won't get answered.

    Since it's obvious you guys already have some sort of a DLC release plan going into 2+ weeks into the future, why did you decide to only post one week at a time? Everyone is usually dying to find out what the songs are so why make them wait until Monday to reveal only the songs for the next day?

    I think it would be nifty if you guys could post the DLC for next week also. So on Mondays you always post a reminder of that week's content and then the following week's content. Or a hint about it or something, not directly revealing it. You could turn it into a sort of guessing game which would seriously hype us up more than a silent wait until the next Monday. There would be tons of people guessing.

    I think the hint thing is a cool idea and probably so would other members. ;)
  • blink182fanblink182fan Opening Act
    edited January 2008
    Why is Coheed and Cambria a cover?! I hope it still sounds as good as the regular version of the song
  • Rocker540Rocker540 Unsigned
    edited January 2008
  • supersonic1414supersonic1414 Road Warrior
    edited January 2008
    schmitty;261868 said:
    Not to completely change the subject but there was no energy in any of those songs. It was just a bunch of people standing and playing there instruments. No energy at all.


    Its good to see that you aren't publicly mad about the leaked DLC HMX or trying to deny it or something.

    I fully disagree. Having seen Oasis in live 5 times, I tell you there is tons of energy on that stage. Just watching one of the greatest song writers in our generation play guitar is amazing......But we can agree to disagree
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