Harmonix getting back control of Rock Band away from Electronic Arts has allowed them to be a bit more free spirited with how they approach content for their game. Well, one of the things they're doing is embracing VR and they just released the initial setlist of songs for Rock Band VR.
The list went live over on the official Harmonix website, where they drop some mean musical knowledge on potential VR enthusiasts, unveiling that there will be a total of 60 songs that will be available for the VR rendition of Rock Band starting March 23rd. You can check out the initial list of songs below.
• Aerosmith -- "Walk This Way"
• Against The Current -- "Running With The Wild Things"
• Alice In Chains -- "Man in the Box"
• Arctic Horror -- "Black Seas"
• AudioDamn! - "Lights Out"
• Avenged Sevenfold -- "Beast and the Harlot"
• Basement -- "Promise Everything"
• The Black Keys -- "Gold On The Ceiling"
• Bon Jovi -- "Livin' On A Prayer"
• DragonForce -- "Through The Fire And Flames"
• Foo Fighters -- "Everlong"
• Ghost -- "Cirice"
• Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -- "Bad Reputation"
• The Killers -- "When You Were Young"
• Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
• Oasis -- "Champagne Supernova"
• OneRepublic -- "Counting Stars"
• Paramore -- "Ain't It Fun"
• The Shelters -- "Rebel Heart"
• Spirit Kid -- "To My Romeo"
• Van Halen -- "Panama"
Those are some great songs. They span various eras of rock and roll, going back to the old days when glam-rock was the rave with Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and Van Halen's "Panama", while also respecting new-school rock with One Republic's "Counting Stars" and Paramore's "Ain't It Fun".
There's also legendary entries like Alice in Chains "Man in the Box", which is such an iconic rock song. Every time I hear it I always think of those old montages from ECW for Tommy "The Innovator of Violence" Dreamer. It would be impossible to play a song like that in Rock Band without constantly thinking about Dreamer's iconic match against Brian Lee.
Over on the site, they announced that they will unveil the remaining 39 songs soon, ahead of the release of Rock Band VR at the end of the month.
Harmonix also has plans on bringing some of these songs to Rock Band 4, their 2015 self-published release for home consoles. Harmonix used the opportunity to step back into the spotlight after the Rock Band series, and the music-rhythm genre in general, had become over-saturated by the likes of Activision and EA who had ran the genre into the ground. While the new Rock Band still has DLC, it's now being used to directly fund development of new projects by Harmonix, including the VR rendition of the popular music-rhythm game.
They're currently selling pre-orders for the game and the guitar peripheral. Rock Band VR is only going to be available for the PC and the Oculus Rift. I have no idea how well that's going to sell giving how limited the market reach is for the Rift, but they definitely seem to be working hard to raise the profile of the headset and bring more people into the VR fold. We'll see how well it all works out come March 23rd.