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Harmonix has subtly announced that Rock Band Blitz is being pulled from digital store shelves for the Xbox and PlayStation platforms starting later this month on August 28th. The announcement sort of came out of the blue and has hit the Harmonix music community like a ton of bricks.
Over on the Harmonix Music forums, one of the developers announced that the demo and full version of Rock Band Blitz will be pulled from the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Store. The game will no longer be available for digital purchase starting August 28th for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, meaning that if you want to get your hands on the game and play it before it goes kaput for good, you might want to do so right now.
The post on the forums informs gamers that the game itself is not currently backward compatible with the PlayStation 4 nor the Xbox One. The team also have no plans to port the game to Sony and Microsoft's newer consoles. This means that you will have to purchase the game for the Xbox 360 or PS3 and stick with it.
The game is currently available on the digital storefronts for $14.99, and the demo is available for free. The DLC is also still available, some of which are free while others are paid for. The Harmonix post reveals that all 25 songs on the original soundtrack can actually be ported over to the latest Rock Band 4, which is available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and you can do so at no additional charge.
There is a separate portal setup by Harmonix that walks you through the process of importing the content onto your Xbox One or PS4 over on the Zendesk page.
Additionally, the 25 original songs from Rock Band Blitz can also be acquired in Rock Band 4 as a separate DLC pack.
Harmonix will also still maintain the servers for the game for those who will attempt to play the game online. It's also mentioned that if you already own either the demo or a copy of Rock Band Blitz, the game will still be available for download, so if you previously purchased it but have it uninstalled, you should still be able to play it, opposite of when games like the P.T. Demo were pulled from the PlayStation Network and Konami made the highly contested decision to also prevent users from re-downloading the demo.
Right now, Harmonix is still focused on improving the compatibility and playability of Rock Band 4 for home consoles. The game came out back in 2015 and has received regular updates since then.
Rock Band Blitz, however, came out during the twilight era of the Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2012, and managed nominal sales as a music game. Due to licensing issues, Harmonix decided it was best to pull the game for now.