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It looks like the rock well has all but run dry as Harmonix announces the discontinuation of Rock Band DLC on April 2nd. If at this time you wish to hold a lighter aloft in a silent moment of remembrance, we’ll understand.
To be fair to Harmonix, they’ve kept this whole DLC train rocking for quite some time. Over the past five years and 275 consecutive weeks, the developers have managed to release more than 4,000 across the Rock Band family of games. But, as is highlighted in a recent Harmonix blog post, it’s time for the curtain to fall on one of the longest-running shows in town.
For those who are saddened by this news, perhaps taking a dip in some of those 4,000-plus tracks that are already available will help you cope with the fact that, for the time being, no new tracks will be hitting Rock Band following April 2. I’m guessing there’s at least one or two of those songs you have yet to play and, really, if you already own everything that’s available, could I please have some of your ridiculous amounts of money?
“While there is no content currently scheduled beyond April 2, we still have DLC releases lined up for the next few weeks, including the remaining tracks from RB Blitz, several Pro guitar upgrades and a handful of artists who have not yet appeared in Rock Band,” reads the post. “We’re incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we’ve set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn’t have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing community.”
The above linked blog post also features a handy FAQ about the future of Rock Band and the music network. The most important info you can grab from there includes the fact that the existing library of songs isn’t going anywhere, so you can keep buying to your heart’s content, and the fact that the Rock Central servers, including the store and leaderboards, will keep on running for the “foreseeable future.”