MTV Games has been shut down by parent company Viacom following the sale of Rock Band 3 developer Harmonix, according to MCV. The staff has been thinned down to a skeleton crew tasked with handling the firms last financial transactions before closing its doors for good.
MTV games sold their cash cow, Rock Band developer Harmonix, to the investment group Columbus Nova at the end of last year. MTV had announced they would be looking to sell Harmonix or shut the developer down in November after Rock Band 3 sales did not meet expectations. Meanwhile, Harmonix has filed a lawsuit against MTV parent company Viacom over “manipulating costs” to avoid paying incentive-based bonuses to Harmonix employees. In other words, MTV games is in pretty dire straits and, though this currently just a rumor, it is certainly believable.
This is just a rumor – Neither MTV or Viacom have confirmed or denied the fate of the studio. We’ll update as news comes in.
From MCV via Joystiq
Surprise! There’s going to be a new instrument in “Rock Band 3”. If you check out the demo section on Xbox Live today, you can download the demo for “Green Day: Rock Band”. If you download the demo for “Green Day: Rock Band”, you can get a tiny taste of Rock Band 3. When you quit the “RB:GD” demo, a teaser for Rock Band 3 pops up. “Ebony and Ivory”, playing as the teaser pops up (shown above), highlights what I’m assuming is the game’s biggest new feature – Keyboards. The “Rock Band 3” logo features a new keyboard logo and a new triple mic vocals logo, representing the harmonies feature from “Beatles Rock Band.”
Keyboards seem a logical addition to the repertoire, even though not every rock song is going to use them. Given that, will “Rock Band” fans who haven’t had to shell out the big bucks for a new instrument in a long time be willing to pay for an instrument that they won’t be able to use in every song?
Personally speaking, I think keyboards are a little to0 obvious. I would have preferred something a little more exotic. Maybe it’s too late for “Rock Band 3”, but here are a couple of instruments that I’d like to see… Continue reading
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman announced today that the next long-awaited edition of Rock Band is on the way, and should be in stores this holiday season. Dauman, looking to counter speculation in the gaming industry that the era of the music game is over, said in his statement that the game will “innovate and revolutionize the music genre”.
According to various tweets and messages from Harmonix staff sent shortly after Dauman’s statement, Rock Band 3 will produced by MTV Games and distributed by EA. Some media outlets say they’re expecting more information to slip out during GDC this week, but realistically a release this big needs an equally large stage to show off on… So while there may be a few measly details released in the coming weeks, expect the big surprises; video, new controllers, etc, to come at E3.