Harmonix has announced that PDP (Performance Designed Products) — maker of computer and console accessories — will be their new partner for the ongoing development of Rock Band 4. The game launched last year as a collaborative effort between Harmonix and Mad Catz and earlier this year Mad Catz announced a round of layoffs which affected just over a third of its staff.
More information on the Harmonix/PDP partnership will be unveiled later this year at Pax East and E3, including what kind of peripherals PDP will be bringing to Rock Band 4, but given the type of game it is, one can only assume that it will be new instrument controllers for the game. It will be interesting to see what PDP brings to the table, and hopefully that will include single instrument options for those hoping to complete their Band In A Box experience, or augment their controller collection from previous versions of the game.
As we look to fully achieve our goal of creating this console generation’s category-defining music gaming platform, we need to partner with a truly world-class manufacturer that can operate at the scale that Rock Band requires. PDP has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, customer satisfaction, and quality. They have the logistical and technical expertise to support Harmonix’s ambitious plans for the future of Rock Band, with new hardware alongside a major Rock Band 4 feature update coming this Fall.said Steve Janiak, Harmonix CEO.
Harmonix and Mad Catz will still continue to support the Mad Catz line of instruments, and the company also indicated that PDP will not be bringing back Pro Guitar or Keys as Rock Band 4 is committed to the core band experience of guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.
Rock Band is the premier music platform for console players,said Chris Richards, CEO, PDP.This will be a great partnership and gaming fans should get ready to experience new, innovative hardware products for Rock Band 4 and Rock Band VR.
The company was quick to indicate that development of Rock Band 4 DLC is ongoing and the game isn’t going anywhere. As mentioned above, more information will be released at PAX East and E3, and PDP products will start shipping in the fall.