When EA released their product schedule for 2011, some took the omission of any Rock Band games as an indication that the publisher was ending its relationship with MTV Games’ rythym-based franchise. This isn’t exactly the case. An EA spokesperson has confirmed that Green Day: Rock Band will indeed be published by MTV Games and distributed by EA, although no release date has yet been assigned.
However, there is irrefutable evidence that Electronic Arts does seem to be cooling its ties to Rock Band. The gaming giant’s contract with Viacom is up this year and company officials have stated their intentions of reducing the volume of releases they do through their distributing arm, EA Partners. Moreover, EA COO John Schappert gave only tepid reinforcement to the idea of continuing their partnership with the Rock Band name.