Rock Band Blitz is to be the latest offering from rhythm action game developer Harmonix.
The title is set to be released via the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace and PlayStation Network Store during summer this year.
You won’t need to set up your drums, guitar or plug in a microphone for this one. Akin to Harmonixs previous releases of Frequency and Amplitude, the game relies soely on the regular controller and offers a unique ‘arcade’ experience to the Rock Band franchise.
A stand alone title, Rock Band Blitz will ship with 25 full songs, which can also be exported into Rock Band 3, which works out as a tidy package for fans of the game, but more impressively, the full back catalogue of downloadable songs from the Rock Band Store can be enjoyed in Rock Band Blitz as a unique experience. That gives players access to over 3,000 songs from around 1,200 artists.
Featuring Online Leaderboards, Project director Matthew Nordhaus indicated that the release is a new direction for the franchise which means it will be “fast, and loud and silly and a little over the top”. It’s not yet clear if gamers will also be able to import stand alone packs like Rock Band Green Day or ACDC.
If pitched at the right price, this could spark a revival for those that have neglected the main title for a while and tempt us to set up the stage and get the band back together. A firm favourite with some of the Midlife Gamer community, who is going to be able to resist trying out Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” in this game?
Of the 25 songs to be included, five have been revealed so far:
• Blink 182 – Always
• Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
• Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
• Quiet Riot – Metal Health
• Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Scheduled for release in Q3 2012, with pricing yet to be announced, this is currently a singleplayer only game.
To find out more about Harmonix, take a look at their developer profile here.