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Variable Breakneck Speed and social features coming to Rock Band 4

Harmonix have announced the first major feature update for Rock Band 4.

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Harmonix have announced the first major feature update for Rock Band 4.

The update will be free and released on December 8, 2015 for both Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

It will focus on new social and competitive features, although what they are exactly has not been revealed. Let’s hope it’s not song-by-song Facebook status updates.

Additionally, Variable Breakneck Speed will be coming to the series for the first time. This feature will let players control note scrolling speeds for each track independently, something long-requested by the Rock Band community.

“With the core game already shipping to retailers for an October 6 launch, we’re excited to start looking at the future of Rock Band for our fans,” squalled Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak.

“We already have a team hard at work building new features for the platform, some based on player feedback, along with some surprises, including a new mode that changes gameplay in a really significant way that we think people are going to love.”

“We’ve said that we’re viewing Rock Band 4 as a platform that we will build on over time,” riffed Product Manager Daniel Sussman, “and this first feature update is just the beginning; we can’t wait to share more details after launch.”

Things are looking pretty promising for Rock Band 4. You can find out more about the game – and why there won’t be a Rock Band 5 – in our interview with Harmonix’s Nick Chester.


Pre-order Rock Band 4 from Amazon now. Already have the peripherals? Then save yourself a few quid, and pre-order the game-only edition of Rock Band 4.


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