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Harmonix Starts Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring Rock Band 4 to PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: 10:57AM

Back in 2007 the first Rock Band game released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and then in October Rock Band 4 was released for the current generation of consoles. Since the first game, Harmonix has been asked about making a PC version, and now that might just happen. Today Harmonix has launched a Fig crowdfunding campaign to raise $1,500,000 to make the PC version. The developers actually estimate the cost of making the new version at $2,000,000 but will contribute the remaining half million themselves, if they can raise enough from pledges and investments. The company chosen to go with Fig for the campaign, feeling it to be the "logical evolution of crowdfunding" and it allows people to invest in and receive a share of the game's potential profits.

The actual work to bring Rock Band 4 to PC will be done by Sumo Digital, with support from Harmonix's engine team. By going with an external developer, it allows Harmonix to work on some new features, including the return of the Rock Band Network (RBN). Originally part of Rock Band 3, this system allowed people to add their own songs to the game, and sell them to other players, but was shut down in 2014 due to the amount of work it required to maintain its infrastructure. By utilizing the Steam Workshop, a lot of overhead can be removed, as well as the fees RBN required, while still allowing people to sell their tracks to other players.

The target for release is Fall 2016 and the PC version will include all of the content and features the console versions currently have and will be updated alongside the console version. The Rock Band Network will be a PC exclusive, though Harmonix might bring some RBN songs over to console. The Fig campaign runs for 35 days.



Source: Press Release and Fig

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