November 7, 2009
Don’t expect the next Rock Band to be a rehashed title with an updated set list. It appears Harmonix is hard at work on reinventing the music game genre.
Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles legend George Harrison and developer on The Beatles: Rock Band, told the Chicago Tribune new details on the still unannounced Rock Band 3 project.
Harrison, who still works with developer Harmonix, said he’s creating new musical controllers that will actually teach players the fundamentals of playing real-life instruments for the next Rock Band title.
“I’m working on ‘Rock Band 3’ and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game,” he said.
Harrison would add, however, gamers might not see the next proper Rock Band installment for quite some time.
“Give me a couple years, it’s going to happen.”
MTV Games general manager Scott Guthrie hinted at big changes for the series in a recent interview, saying the next Rock Band title could even incorporate Project Natal motion technology.
“We aren’t standing still – we will keep moving into new areas and look at new technologies that our platform holder partners are also developing, such as Project Natal from Microsoft,” said Guthrie.
October 30, 2008
– Today it was announced by Activision Blizzard and Harmonix that The Beatles will be finally coming to the Rock Band series. This is huge news as even ITunes hasn’t been able to get rights to the band’s catalog. This is more proof that the power of video games has far outreached the hardcore video game nerd and become completely mainstream. No details yet on playlists and price, but expect to plunk down the equivalent to a new game to get these songs.
– Lots of news on the new Gears of War movie. Screenwriter Chris Morgan has alluded it to being a prequel to the games and detailing the time before Emergence Day. Expect Marcus Fenix and Dom to be the main characters. “It would be a crying shame not to deal with Marcus and Dom,” Morgan told MTV News. “I would not be interested in the movie if we weren’t dealing with them. I want to see those guys. I want to see ‘Emergence Day.’ I want to see this stuff happen.”
When it comes to bringing the aliens to the big screen, Morgan said he’d obviously leave that up to director Wiseman, but that he wants the filmmakers to stay away from an “all-green-screen, all-CGI movie,” only using the computer effects for “the big stuff”. Think James Cameron’s Aliens.
He summed up his approach to the script: “I want to write and play it as though it happened today. Look outside at your city and imagine that the Locust started rising – that’s how I want it to feel.”