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Harmonix announced that they have some new DLC that has become available for gamers rocking out and enjoying the holidays with Rock Band 4. The DLC features a couple of new songs to help usher in the new year and celebrate Christmas.
Harmonix detailed what was available in the New Year's Eve 2016 DLC pack on their Twitter account, where they revealed that three of the new songs include Avicii "Wake Me Up", Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" and LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and Goonrock with "Party Rock Anthem".
The three songs are available right now in Europe for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, but they have a follow-up tweet explaining that all the other regions where Rock Band 4 is sold will be able to get their hands on the game starting December 29th. So that means if you live in the good 'ole U.S., of A you will be able to download the DLC songs just before New Year's Eve, so you'll have a few songs to rock out to with friends while ushering in the new year.
The DLC pack is not free for the holidays. You will have to pony up $1.99 each to purchase the three songs for Rock Band 4.
The DLC was one of the reasons why it was difficult for me to get into the music-rhythm games with real instruments. Activision was even worse than Electronic Arts when it came to Guitar Hero. The games were laced with so much DLC that it was impossible to tell what was the actual game and what was a DLC pack. There were even DLC packs for DLC packs, and the new content was releasing while they were announcing new sequels for Guitar Hero and DJ Hero. I remember getting to a point of nearly blocking the e-mail messages because every week there was an announcement for new DLC for one of the previous Guitar Hero games, on top of announcements for the new games themselves, and then announcements for the DLC for the games that weren't even released. It was insane.
Back during that time, the real instrument music-rhythm titles were extremely popular. So it made sense that Activision was trying everything they could to make money from the genre with Guitar Hero, and EA quickly followed suit with Rock Band.
However, after the genre suffered a downturn in valuation due to oversaturation, Harmonix was able to take control of the Rock Band IP and move away from Electronic Arts. They partnered with Mad Catz for distribution and have since been releasing new content for the game, including attempting to crowdfund a PC version of the game. Despite the PC version failing to meet its goals, they haven't completely ruled it out yet. In the meantime, they've been steadily updating the Rock Band 4 platform with new songs and content, including the New Year's Eve tracks.