After 4 years, 2,121 songs, and countless hours of investment from some of the most talented and passionate Rock Band fans around, itís time for the sun to (officially) set on Rock Band Network.
When the crew here at Harmonix first started developing a tool that would allow Rock Band fans, artists, and labels to put their own songs into Rock Band we had no idea that it would spawn a community that was nothing short of ravenous in their pursuit of new tracks. Even if we had been able to anticipate the level of enthusiasm, we certainly couldnít have predicted that the RBN authors would generate a body of work that so quickly eclipsed the official Harmonix output. As of today, the total stands at 2,121 songs released by authors in the Rock Band Network, and 2,100 songs authored by Harmonix, and thatís even including on disc songs!
Sadly, since the official Harmonix DLC pipeline closed on 4/2/2013, RBN has been plagued with technical issues. Some of those problems were server side here at Harmonix, while others were entirely outside of our control. At this point, with Harmonix resources devoted to several other titles in development, weíre no longer able to operate RBN with the kind of consistency that it deserves. As a result, we will no longer be taking any submissions or releasing new content through RBN. Songs previously released through RBN will continue to be available for sale, subject to the RBN Program Terms, which can be found here: http://hmxcorp-prod-b.s3.harmonixmusic.com/media/uploads/Creators_Program_Terms.pdf
We are eternally grateful to all the Creators, authors, testers, labels, bands, and fans that have supported Rock Band Network since its inception. The team here at Harmonix remains committed to exploring opportunities for user generated content, as well as the ability to personalize your experience with our games. We can only hope that the next time we approach a similar initiative the community is as dedicated and enthusiastic as this community has been.
Thanks to all of you for helping make Rock Band Network something special.
-Harmonix Music Systems
Below you'll find an FAQ with some of the anticipated questions. We'll update this if we see any additional issues pop up that need to be addressed in this announcement.
Q: Will access to Creators be restored?
A: There are no plans to restore access to Creators, the forums, or new user registration at this time. Many of the developers that set up Creators are no longer at Harmonix, so there are significant technical hurdles involved with restoring service even temporarily.
The Program Terms for RBN can now be found here: http://hmxcorp-prod-b.s3.harmonixmusic.com/media/uploads/Creators_Program_Terms.pdf
The Royalty info for RBN can now be found here: http://hmxcorp-prod-b.s3.harmonixmusic.com/media/uploads/RBN_Royalty_Schedule.pdf
Q: What will happen to unreleased RBN tracks that were in the Creators pipeline?
A: There are no further RBN releases planned at this time, so any tracks that were still in the pipeline prior to the closing of Creators will remain unpublished.
Q: How can members of Creators contact Harmonix in the event that tracks need to be removed from the store, or if there are other support needs?
A: Members of Creators can contact Harmonix via firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How does this affect Rock Band Network songs I have downloaded?
A: If youíve already purchased RBN tracks they will still be available in your song library.
Q: Is this the end of Rock Band Network? Is this the end of Rock Band?
A: This is the last planned announcement for Rock Band Network for now. Rock Band remains a huge part of the culture here at Harmonix, and thereís not a day that goes by where someone in the office isnít talking about Rock Band, or planning for the future of the franchise