Rock Band has been the face of Harmonix since the franchise launched in 2007. However, changes to the music market means that the company is thinking about something different for their next game.
“Looking into next year, we’re actually considering fairly fundamental creative reinterpretation of what the Rock Band business is, said co-founder and CEO Alex Rigopulos. “We’re committed to the franchise, but when I think that when we do things with it in the future, it’s going to be a pretty dramatic departure from what we’ve done before. ”
Despite the disputes over bonuses that Harmonix has had with its former owner Viacom, product development Greg LoPiccolo was grateful over what they did for the Rock Band franchise. “I feel like the conventional storyline was, like, ‘We got bought by Viacom and it was hard, and now we’re indie and that’s cool,’ and there is some truth to that,” he said. “It’s also true that the whole Rock Band franchise, which was this huge ambition we had, we never could have done without Viacom. There was no way we could have ever accomplished that without MTV and Viacom. It wouldn’t have happened. Rock Band wouldn’t have happened without their involvement.”