It’s been a wild ride, but my time at Harmonix has come to an end.
I started in September 2008, a week before Rock Band 2 was released.
Wait…back up. I preordered the original Rock Band bundle and opened it at 8:45pm on November 20, 2007. (I know this, because my first RB band was called Quarter to Nine. I hate naming things and the time on the clock seemed like a good enough source.)
After a year of being a crazy Rock Band fan (and a couple years of being obsessed with Guitar Hero II), I started working at Harmonix on September 8, 2008. On my first day, I was told to browse around our internal files and get acquainted. It took me less than five minutes to find the Rock Band DLC schedule. Priorities.
I’ve spent most of my time at Harmonix in the background – producing the livestream, editing blog posts, keeping the content calendar. I’ve been called the air traffic controller, the wrangler, the organized one, and several actual job titles that appear on my LinkedIn profile like Web Editor or Social Media Lead. If it has appeared on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, livestream, websites, podcast, newsletter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other official Harmonix or game channel, I’ve probably been involved in some capacity, either writing, producing, scheduling, editing, brainstorming, or shepherding through the approval process.
I’ve had the pleasure of working PAX Prime, PAX East, E3, D23, and a crazy European press tour where we did three countries in six days on 48 hours notice and lost our personal bags twice. I’ve been able to go to LA, Seattle (<3), Madrid, Munich, Stockholm (<3), and fabulous…Anaheim. I’ve met so many incredible fans and made some of the absolute best friends of my life. I’ve eaten a lot of donuts. A <i class="Italic">lot. I’ve probably consumed enough caffeine to power the space shuttle.
But now there are new adventures ahead.
I’m going to miss knowing the DLC schedule in advance, but I truly am looking forward to the first time I’m surprised by a Rock Band DLC announcement. I’m psyched about Rock Band Rivals (gimme that Charcoal Jaguar!), Rock Band VR blew me away the first time I tried it, and I can’t wait for folks to see some of the other things Harmonix has cooking. After almost 8 years, I’m looking forward to being just a fan. And you can bet I’m going to hit up rockband.com/request like the rest of the fans.
I’ll be on the livestream tonight for the last time, singing Rock Band vocals. You can find me on Twitter at @chrismkayser. And maybe I’ll see you at a future PAX East Harmonix party…they always book the best bands.
Love and Big Rock Endings,
Hey gang! We have very exciting news for you...
“Cedarwood Road” and “I Will Follow” playable in the upcoming award-winning music game
Boston, Mass. – September 28th, 2015 – Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. (“Harmonix”) and Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/ TSX: MCZ) today announced that U2 tracks “Cedarwood Road” from the band’s current album Songs of Innocence and “I Will Follow” from their classic debut Boy will be featured in Rock Band™ 4. This is the first time music from the 22-time GRAMMY® award-winning band will be featured in a rhythm action music game.
“Cedarwood Road” and “I Will Follow” are only the beginning for U2 and Rock Band; fans can expect additional U2 tracks to be added to the in-game Music Store for download after launch.
U2 has released 13 studio albums that have sold more than 170 million records worldwide and has staged several of the biggest tours of all time, including the current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. Kicking off in May 2015 in Vancouver, iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE has seen “U2 reinvent the arena show” (Rolling Stone), and the tour recently began its European run after playing to more than 650,000 fans across North America, including an eight-night run at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
To view a Rock Band 4 gameplay preview featuring U2’s “Cedarwood Road” and “I Will Follow” visit
“Cedarwood Road” and “I Will Follow” join an already impressive soundtrack line-up including music by Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold, The Black Keys, Elvis Presley, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, St. Vincent, Queens of the Stone Age, Van Halen, The Who, and more! The complete soundtrack for Rock Band 4 can be found here. Additionally, Rock Band 4 will be compatible with more than 1500 tracks available for download on the Rock Band Music Store, with more on the way!
Winner of multiple awards and nominations at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), including “Best Music Game” from IGN and Game Informer, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love, with brand new features, including game-changing Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay that allows players to craft their own face-melting and truly original guitar solos.
Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming platform launches globally on October 6, 2015 for Xbox One and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
Players can ensure they’re ready to rock on launch day by pre-ordering game and hardware controller bundles through their favorite video game retailer; details can be found at http://www.rockband.com.
For more information on Rock Band 4 and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head over to http://www.harmonixmusic.com and http://www.madcatz.com, and follow @RockBand and @MadCatz on Twitter for updates.
We wanted to give you all a heads that we’ll be using the Frank Turner song “I Still Believe” in a promotion. Because of this, starting immediately, the track will temporarily be unavailable for download from the Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation Store. The track will return on October 6th when Rock Band 4 launches. If you’ve already downloaded the track, don’t worry; you’ll still be able to rock out to it in your game. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
And here's a handy FAQ for you!
Q: When is RB4 coming out?!
A: Rock Band will be out this year. Stay tuned for more specifics in the coming months.
Q: What consoles is RB4 coming out for?
A: Rock Band 4 will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Q: Why not Wii / Wii U / PC?
A: Due to shifting production priorities and capabilities of the studio, we don’t currently have plans to release RB4 on the Wii / Wii U / PC simultaneously with Xbox One and PS4. While we genuinely appreciate the support of Wii Rock band users over the years, and the increased interest from PC gamers, the truth is that we had to prioritize opportunities on other platforms with historically larger RB audiences.
Q: Will my old DLC work on the next gen console of the same type, i.e. PS3 -> PS4?
A: Yes! Content purchased from the store or exported from a disc will transfer over to the new generation of consoles at no addition cost as we make that content available.
Q: Will my old DLC work if I bought a different next gen console, i.e. Xbox 360 -> PS4?
A: Cross platform DLC compatibility is not entirely within our control, as DLC ownership is managed by the 1st parties.
Q: Will my old hardware work?
A: We’re already working closely with Mad Catz, Sony, and Microsoft on solutions for letting you use legacy hardware on new consoles. This is a challenge on both the software side and hardware side, but something we’d love to happen. We’ll have more information on this in the coming months.
Q: Will you be making new hardware?
A: Yes we will! You can preorder a new PAX East exclusive guitar if you come by the Harmonix booth! We’re working with Mad Catz, who has a lot of history with RB gear, and we’re excited to get more instruments back into the world.
Q: Will there be any new instruments, i.e. a tuba, accordion, mouth harp, etc?
A: We’re concentrating on the core band that people are most familiar with (guitar, bass, drums, and mic) rather than expanding on the types of playable instruments in RB4.
Q: What will the new Rock Band cost?
A: Sorry, but we’re not talking about pricing at this time.
Q: What instruments will be playable? Wiill RB4 have Pro guitar and keys?
A: Rock Band 4 will focus on the core experience and the roots of the franchise – guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. There will be no Pro Guitar or key support in Rock Band 4. We will continue to support “Pro” mode for Drums.
Q: What are the new features?
A: We’re not quite ready to reveal the evolutionary features of Rock Band 4, but we’re excited to show you in the coming months how we’re expanding the core gameplay you love.
Q: Will you be bringing back [Random Feature X]?
A: We’re not quite ready to reveal the feature set of Rock Band 4 yet, but keep posted for more info!
Q: Will you have songs by [Random Band X]?
A: We’re not talking about the disc soundtrack just yet, but you can bet it’ll be awesome. Over 2000 songs spanning over 500 artists already exist in Rock Band catalog and we’re committed to expanding that and supporting the game post-launch with DLC, and we’re always looking for new bands and sounds, so keep the suggestions coming! Let us know what you want at RockBand.com/request
Q: When will you have more news about RB4?
A: Soon! Keep posted to our social channels and the Harmonix forums for updates.
Q: When can I preorder RB4?
A: You can sign up for preorder notifications right now at RockBand.com/preorder!
Hey everyone. Thank you for your patience as we're sorting through launch issues. I've started a new thread specifically for the save data loss. There are some questions in there from the team that's sorting through the problem. Any additional information you can provide - even if it's a copy and paste of the information you've left in this thread - will be extremely helpful to them. That thread is here: http://forums.harmonixmusic.com/discussion/256716/have-you-lost-save-data-in-dance-central-spotlight-help-us-track-down-this-issue
To those of you with the two-player crash issue, thank you so much for providing more information. The team is investigating this as well.
If you guys didn't already know this, we're taking all the launch issues very seriously.
@DanielSpeedy625 - for #1, there should be a size button on your TV that will allow you to play with the display. For #2 - Can you check again and see if the issue disappeared like the others? If not, and you're sure you didn't buy it in a pack, let us know. This is the first we're hearing about that issue for this song.1