Now that the game is nearing its two months “anniversary”, Harmonix revealed its plans support and expand their latest plastic-based rhythm game as an ongoing live service. The program officially kicks off with its first major feature update on December 8th for PS4 and Xbox One.
This first update will focus primarily on competitive and social features such as an entirely new online competitive system called Score Challenges which utilizes a live activity feed that shows players what their friends are playing, and allows them to compete with each other for high scores on songs.
Additionally, Harmonix will also add an Auto-Kick option which was highly requested by the RB4 community.
“Since we announced back in March, Harmonix has been saying Rock Band 4 will be the only Rock Band game for this console generation. We are thrilled to unveil details of our plan today as the realization of that promise,” explained Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak.
The post-launch program calls for monthly updates of varying scopes. These will be a mix of smaller releases focusing on bug fixing and stability improvements and larger updates adding new types of content and full-fledged features. Harmonix will engage in an open dialog with its community and use this feedback to help determine the future direction of the franchise.
“This first feature update should give our players a taste of what’s to come as Rock Band 4 evolves over the next year and beyond. All of us on the team are excited to develop and support the game in collaboration with our amazingly creative community.” added Rock Band 4 product manager, Daniel Sussman.
If you want to know everything included in the first update, feel free to head over to Harmonix’s official blog.