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Rock Band Ending DLC After 5 Years

By Jeff Buckland, 2/18/2013 11:17 AM

It's been a long, intensely entertaining ride, but Harmonix Music Systems has announced that after five years, they'll be stopping weekly releases of Rock Band DLC this April. The game, website, and all social media related to it will still run and at least on 360, the Rock Band Network releases will continue, but unfortunately, they're going to end on PS3. Finally, while Harmonix will still have the ability to release new songs should they choose to, they're simply ceasing releases for the foreseeable future.

But let's stop and talk about just how amazing Rock Band really was over the years, shall we?

I think that the concept of paid digital downloads as game-addons - DLC, that is - is a method of selling video game content that can be used for both good or evil, and so far, Harmonix has shown us one one of the best examples of DLC being used for good. Alright, maybe it's just close behind a few really awesome DLC packs like Old World Blues for Fallout: New Vegas or The Secret Armory of General Knoxx for Borderlands, but think about it - each song was no more than $2 and offered tremendous value. Even if you only ever played Rock Band alone and only used one instrument, you could have fun for hours in perfecting your play - and that doesn't count the ability to use up to five instruments, or the kind of fun you could have playing together with others online and offline.

And then there was the entirely new way to play through those thousands of songs all over again, without having to re-buy them, in Rock Band Blitz.

So, we salute you Harmonix and the 270+ consecutive weeks you continuously showed us shining examples of what DLC really should be. See you next gen!


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