It’s no secret that Harmonix has had a rough time with its Rock Band intellectual property of late, especially now that the failed rebirth of the franchise under Rock Band 4 led to massive losses for Mad Catz. In the series’ heyday, a regular stream of song-based DLC were routine downloads for many gamers who formed full-on bands with their friends. Harmonix strayed away from this successful plastic instrument formula when it made Rock Band Blitz, a move which was relatively well received at the time – but that was 5 years ago.
Now, Rock Band Blitz is due to take its final bow, and will disappear from both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 marketplaces on or before August 28, 2017. The official notice came from a staff post on the Harmonix forum, where an employee informed fans that both the demo and the full game would be taken down near the end of the month at the latest.
Rock Band Blitz released in 2012, and was never included on the backward compatible library for Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Unfortunately for fans, the employee stated that the game wouldn’t be added to the backward compatible library for either platform in the future, with August being the game’s swan song.
Gamers who have already purchased the game will still be able to access the title, and can also port over all 25 songs from the game to Rock Band 4 at no cost. For those who will miss the boat for Blitz completely, all of the 25 songs are still available for separate purchase as general Rock Band DLC – at least until the licenses for those expire too. Much like Netflix, Harmonix has to deal with license expiration on a fairly frequent basis, so it’s not uncommon for gamers to get notices of songs disappearing from the platform.
It’s unlikely that the rhythm-based gaming genre will see the same level of success that the likes of Guitar Hero 2 or Rock Band brought to the table, and Rock Band Blitz came at an admittedly transitional time for the industry. It was an earnest attempt to bring in gamers who may not have wanted to shell out a hefty amount for musical instruments, and even though it may not have reached the acclaim of the other Rock Band titles, Blitz still delivered plenty of entertainment.
Given that the game could technically be removed at any day, gamers still interested in purchasing the title should do so sooner rather than later.
Rock Band Blitz is currently available on PS3 and Xbox 360, but will removed from each platform’s respective store on or before August 28, 2017.