I'll be interested to see if any major developer will dip their toes back into the peripheral necessary music genre this generation. My feeling though, is that it was a craze that died in the last generation. It really was a unique flash in the pan that grew up, reached critical mass and then died a quick and silent death, all in the space of 2 or 3 years.
However, in a rather obscure bit of news, Harmonix have announced that they are releasing three new songs for Rock Band 3 on January 13th. That is strange because the developer hasn't touched the game for nearly two years now. The three songs are R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys, Shepherd of Fire by Avenged Sevenfold, and Something From Nothing by Foo Fighters. Each song will be available for $1.99 each.
Destructoid asked Harmonix's Nick Chester about this anomaly and he explained the developer's reasoning for jumping back in to Rock Band.
We had an exciting opportunity to add new content to the already massive Rock Band library with a song from Arctic Monkeys — a band that's never been in a Rock Band title before! — as well as new music from fan favorites Avenged Sevenfold and Foo Fighters. We couldn't pass it up. Also, we wanted to see if we could still do it. Turns out we can. It's sort of like riding a bike.
It will be interesting to see if this is a little spark that gets people playing Rock Band again. I do actually think that there is a pretty big market for the Guitar Heroes and Rock Bands still, I'm just not convinced that publishers do though.