Rock Band is coming back, and you will be playing it before the end of the year.

One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of this announcement is Harmonix will not be using a major publisher for Rock Band 4’s release. Instead, Mad Catz will help them co-publish it.

In a behind the scenes video, Harmonix touches on the pluses of not being beholden to a major publisher.

“We had great relationship with MTV. They had a lot of opinions about where the game should go, and they were good opinions. But, it also made it difficult for us to follow our instincts a lot of times. And, one of the things I’m most excited about is the way in which this game will reflect the character of the people that are working on it,” Product Manager Daniel Sussman says in the video below.

Harmonix also released a handy FAQ to address many of your questions. I’ll touch on a few of them below.

All your old DLC will work. But, there is a bit of a caveat here. If you’re going from PS3 to PS4 (Xbox 360 to Xbox One), you are fine. Here’s what Harmonix has to say about old DLC working on different consoles (Xbox 360 to PS4).

“Cross platform DLC compatibility is not entirely within our control, as DLC ownership is managed by the 1st parties.”

What about your old instruments? Harmonix is working with Mad Catz, Sony and Microsoft on making this happen. They say there are challenges on the software and hardware side, but they want to make it happen.

Harmonix is also making new hardware. At PAX East this weekend? Swing by the Harmonix booth and preorder the PAX East exclusive guitar.

PAX East Rock Band 4 guitar

Harmonix pretty much has a sure thing with Rock Band 4. The current generation is off to an awesome start with consumers adopting the PS4 and Xbox One at much faster rates compared to the previous generation.

No word on a release date just yet, but Harmonix says Rock Band 4 will be playable at E3. I imagine we’ll hear more about a release date then as well.

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