As rumoured, Rock Band 4 is on the way.
Mad Catz Interactive and Harmonix are partnering up to launch the title, which will release later this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Mad Catz will develop and manufacture a new generation of wireless music game controllers for the game, although old peripherals will work as well.
According to Harmonix, Rock Band 4 will focus on the features and gameplay that people love, and expand the franchise in innovative ways informed by how fans play and what they want.
It will support the 2000+ tracks released since the 2007 debut of the original Rock Band, and players who have purchased or downloaded music on last-generation consoles will be able to download and play those tracks on their new platforms (within the same console family) at no additional charge. That said, the timing of the release of this legacy content is yet to be determined.
Hundreds of tracks will be available at launch, with more back catalog music – and new tracks – added regularly after launch.
The game will be available in a Band-in-a-Box Bundle, which includes the Rock Band 4 game, a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller, a Wireless Drum Kit Controller, and a Microphone.
Alternately, the Guitar Bundle will include Rock Band 4 and a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller.
"After taking some time off, it was really interesting to kind of come back and play the games that we bled and sweat over for years and years and years,” project manager Daniel Sussman told Eurogamer.
“Two things emerged very quickly: One was 'holy motherf***, these games are FUN!’
"At the same time we were able to be quite critical of the work that we had done and saw lots of room for improvement. And that was really important to us as well because we are all creative people and it was important for us to be able to sink our teeth into to something that was deserving of the 4 at the end of the title," he added.
"We didn't just want to rehash Rock Band 3 for new consoles. We felt it was really important for us to evolve the gameplay in a way that would be interesting."
"I think there are a lot of elements to the guitar that went underutilised in years past... there are a few things we can leverage creatively that will feel new but still apply to people who aren't buying new controllers,” Sussman told Games Induastry.
“We have a fair amount of creative control over the experience itself. Innovating in the hardware space splinters the audience based on what they have and we can do a lot in the software to bring people together over a common set of controllers and still provide a really compelling, new experience that's in line with the principles of the platform."
Harmonix is working with “one of the leanest development budgets we've ever had,” he added.
A release date is yet to be announced.