The rumour that refuses to die has been amplified overnight, as Bloomberg reports that a new Rock Band is in production for the PlayStation 4. An anonymous person "familiar with the plan" told the reputable source that Harmonix is planning to re-launch its party property on Sony's next-gen system, which follows the arrival of new Rock Band 3 DLC after a whopping 21 month hiatus. The company's also been hinting at a comeback for some time.
Sadly, the report's light on specifics, and the developer's not ready to say anything just yet. "While we don't have anything to announce, hundreds of thousands of unique users are still actively playing Rock Band games each month," a studio spokesperson told Eurogamer.net. "This passion that our fans have shown for Rock Band over the years suggests that rock truly hasn't died, and we've always been clear that we'd love to return to the franchise when the time is right."
According to analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Co, instrument-based releases made up 18 per cent of US video game sales in 2008, but currently account for less than one per cent. With guitar tutor Rocksmith the only real remaining series, it'll be interesting to see whether Harmonix can successfully recapture the genre's glory days. Are you eager to bring the band back together? Play a few power chords in the comments section below.