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Harmonix debuts new Rock Band game, sans peripheral support

Rhythm game developer Harmonix on Tuesday debuted a new entry in its Rock Band franchise that doesn't use the series' iconic peripherals, but still remains compatible with its robust song library.

Tom Curtis, Blogger

April 3, 2012

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Rhythm game developer Harmonix on Tuesday debuted Rock Band Blitz, a new downloadable entry in its popular music game franchise, reports G4. In a major departure from the proper Rock Band titles, Rock Band Blitz [video trailer] will not use the series' iconic instrument peripherals, and will instead use a standard gamepad, much like classic Harmonix games like Frequency or Amplitude. The game's content, however, still has some close ties to Rock Band's legacy. In addition to the 25 songs that come with the game, Rock Band Blitz will support nearly all of the 3,700+ downloadable songs already available for the franchise. While the previous Rock Band titles have emphasized multiplayer and cooperative play, Harmonix said Rock Band Blitz will only support one player, much like the PSP title Rock Band Unplugged from Backbone Entertainment. Rock Band Blitz is currently in development for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, and is scheduled to launch this summer.

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Tom Curtis is Associate Content Manager for Gamasutra and the UBM TechWeb Game Network. Prior to joining Gamasutra full-time, he served as the site's editorial intern while earning a degree in Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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