Harmonix: “A lot of life left in the Rock Band franchise”

2011 has not been a great year for music games as you’re probably well aware. But while Guitar Hero has been axed for the time being, Harmonix still have hopes for their musical franchise, Rock Band, despite poor sales of Rock Band 3.

VP of Product Development Greg LoPiccolo recently spoke to IndustryGamers about the future of the franchise; “We think there’s a lot of life left in the Rock Band franchise and there’s a lot of creative directions to take that. We certainly remain committed to that. But then beyond that, we would love to make games that are new musical experiences to throw them out there and have people accept them and get inspired by them.”

It sounds like the team are definitely gearing up for something else to show at E3 then. LoPiccolo also commented that his team didn’t see the music industry as narrow a sense as consumers do: “Harmonix would draw a distinction between sort of band performance simulators, such as Rock Band and what Guitar Hero ended up turning into, and music games overall. So certainly it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Rock Band and Guitar Hero saw a pretty significant decline in sales over this last cycle. I guess we see the genre of music gaming as a broader thing, as having a lot of other creative possibilities outside that domain that we would like to explore.”

Yet more hints that they’re moving away from plastic peripherals? E3 will hopefully reveal more.