Expect the next Rock Band to be “dramatically” different

It may not have a new release in 2011 but Harmonix has insisted that it’s Rock Band franchise isn’t dead despite the weak sales of Rock Band 3. When the series does return however, CEO Alex Rigopulos expects it to be a “dramatic departure” from past games in the series.

“In the short term, we’re basically continuing to attend to that business as we have been,” he told Giant Bomb (via). “In the longer term, looking into next year, we’re actually considering fairly fundamental creative reinterpretation of what the Rock Band business is. We’re committed to the franchise, but when I think that when we do things with it in the future, it’s going to be a pretty dramatic departure from what we’ve done before.”

CTO Eran Egozy added:W”e do have plans on where we’re going to go with Rock Band and how we plan to expand it. All I’ll say for now is that it isn’t what you think. You might assume we’re going to add saxophone or something along those lines, but no, the kind of direction we’re planning on taking Rock Band, the kind of innovation we have in mind, is taking it in a different direction, one that’s more suitable to the kind of environment we’re in, what people are doing now, what they’re interested in playing now, versus, say, 2007.

“It’s more than ideas. We are working on it, and we have forward progress. It’s an exciting, fresh take on it. I’ll leave it at that.”

We’re intrigued. What does the developer have in store for one of their acclaimed series? Will it take shape as Rock Band 4? Keep eyes (and in this case, ears) peeled for more.