Mad Catz announced today an extension of their agreement with Harmonix to co-publish Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music-gaming platform.
Due for release in 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Mad Catz will handle global retail sales, promotion and distribution of the Rock Band 4 game and hardware bundles, while Harmonix will handle all digital sales and content. In addition to co-publishing the game, Mad Catz is developing a new generation of Rock Band 4 wireless music game controllers that will give players the chance to rock as the biggest guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time.
Announced in March 2015, Rock Band 4 has been welcomed with universal excitement from gamers and music fans worldwide. Featuring an unrivalled and diverse collection of music across the spectrum of rock, Rock Band 4 will provide gamers with access to over 2,000 compatible tracks via DLC, as well as integrate much of the music they may already own through previous interactions of the franchise*.Ã‚Â Already one of the yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most anticipated games, Rock Band 4 features a host of cutting-edge social and gameplay innovations, as well as a new generation of music game controllers designed to deliver the most authentic band experience ever brought to console.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since the announcement of Rock Band 4, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response of passionate fans and gamers worldwide. The time is right to re-introduce the franchise to the new generation of consoles and our co-publishing agreement is a natural extension of the excellent relationship both companies share in realizing that vision,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re excited to extend our agreement with Harmonix, and are confident that Mad CatzÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ global sales force, distribution channels and retail marketing expertise will deliver the retail success we believe Rock Band 4 will achieve in 2015 and beyond.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Daniel Sussman, Product Manager for Harmonix commented, Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been thrilled by the positive response to our announcement earlier this past March. Its proof of what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known all along: music games are alive and well and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a huge appetite for a game that can deliver a great experience on guitar, bass, drums and vocals, either solo or as a band. We couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be happier to be working closely with Mad Catz to deliver Rock Band 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to a worldwide audience this year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
* The number of DLC tracks available at launch and the timing of release of Ã¢â‚¬Å“legacyÃ¢â‚¬Â DLC on next-generation consoles is to be determined and may be subject to change.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“LegacyÃ¢â‚¬Â DLC will be downloadable and playable in Rock Band 4 only after the DLC is released on next-generation consoles.