Harmonix windup support for Rock Band Network

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The studio stop accepting user generated songs.

After four years and 2,121 songs Harmonix are ending support for user-created content on the Rock Band Network.

Announcing the news Harmonix explain: “When the crew here at Harmonix first started developing a tool that would allow Rock Band fans, artists, and labels to put their own songs into Rock Band we had no idea that it would spawn a community that was nothing short of ravenous in their pursuit of new tracks,”

“Even if we had been able to anticipate the level of enthusiasm, we certainly couldn’t have predicted that the RBN authors would generate a body of work that so quickly eclipsed the official Harmonix output. As of today, the total stands at 2,121 songs released by authors in the Rock Band Network, and 2,100 songs authored by Harmonix, and that’s even including on disc songs!

Having stopped producing new official downloadable songs for Rock Band in April 2013 the developers say that since then the Rock Band Network “has been plagued with technical issues.”

“Some of those problems were server side here at Harmonix, while others were entirely outside of our control,” Harmonix said. “At this point, with Harmonix resources devoted to several other titles in development, we’re no longer able to operate RBN with the kind of consistency that it deserves.”

Due to this, Harmonix will cease to accept submissions from users and won’t be releasing any more songs on the Rock Band Network, although songs that have previously been released will remain on sale for now.

While this sad news seems to usher in the end for Rock Band, there is some hope it may return. Responding to a fan query as to whether this was to be the end of the Rock Band franchise, Harmonix replied “This is the last planned announcement for Rock Band Network for now. Rock Band remains a huge part of the culture here at Harmonix, and there’s not a day that goes by where someone in the office isn’t talking about Rock Band, or planning for the future of the franchise.”

In April Harmonix talked of ‘grand plans’ to bring the Rock Band franchise back and in June set a survey to gauge customer interest in a new Rock Band game.

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