Rock Band seems to be showing unexpected signs of life of late. Last week, Harmonix unexpectedly added three new songs to Rock Band 3, a game that hadn't been touched in two years. The developer mentioned that designing those songs was like riding a bike, no matter how long you are away, you always remember how to do it.
It's beginning to look like the developer might be getting ready for a brand new bike ride all together though. Harmonix have thrown out this survey, which bears some interesting fruit. For the most part it is asking users about there past experiences with the franchise and how they valued their time with the games.
The interesting part comes at the end of the survey when it asks:
Assuming that it would have compatibility with existing hardware, which version of a new Rock Band experience would you prefer to receive?
The game only (a disc or a download code)
The game bundled with a single instrument (i.e. one guitar)
The game bundled with a full set of instruments (i.e. guitar, drums, and microphone)
It also adds:
Would you be inclined to preorder a new Rock Band title?
Would you be inclined to preorder a new Rock Band title? I would preorder a new Rock Band title, no matter what.
I would preorder a new Rock Band title ONLY if it came with exclusive bonus songs.
I would preorder a new Rock Band title ONLY if it came with exclusive bonus in-game content (i.e. character outfit, instrument skin, etc).
I would not be inclined to preorder a new Rock Band title.
Now, surveys don't often mean much. This could just be market research for a many number of reasons.
I could dig a new Rock Band though. The real stumbling block for audiences will no doubt be the instruments that would likely need to be updated for new consoles.. If Harmonix could figure a way around that though, I think there is definitely a big audience for the title still.