After 281 weeks and over 4,000 songs, today marks the last regular DLC update for the Rock Band Music Store with the release of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” You can purchase this final track for $1.99, and while it contains a keyboard part, there’s no Pro Guitar or Pro Bass upgrade for it.
Harmonix should be commended, though, for maintaining this mind-boggling release schedule for the past five years. DLC is crucial for music games, because while the game discs are forced to contain a variety of genres, it’s with the DLC where you can cherry pick your favorite artists and tracks to create your own personal perfect song library. And I’m still holding out hope that this isn’t completely the end, as they’ve made a point of specifying it’s the end of “weekly Rock Band DLC.” And while Harmonix has no current plans to produce any new DLC, they “still have the technical capability should the right band and the right opportunity arise.”
The Rock Central servers will continue functioning for the forseeable future, so you’ll still be able to challenge your friends on the leaderboards and play online with them. And the Rock Band Network will continue to be supported, so users can still submit new content. Unfortunately, that’s only going to continue on Xbox 360, because due to the different PlayStation 3 submission procedures, the last PS3 PSN update will be today as well.
But thank you Harmonix for the years of letting us rock out to a constant stream of new music with our plastic instruments. I can’t wait to see what you have coming up next!