Although the era of Guitar Hero & Rock Band had remained a blessed memory of a time before, players that still regular these rhythmic games do hope to see a resurgence for the genre. Potentially, that could be on the horizon according to one report. In that, it was suggested Microsoft’s plans include Guitar Hero as part of the firm’s plans with the Activision Blizzard King deal now completed.
Additionally, Fortnite is also taking this head-on as well. In December, Epic Games launched Fortnite Festival which is a new experienced developed by Harmonix. Thanks to the prior acquisition of the developer in 2021, the project was realized into the live-service giant. Part of the plans includes instrument support as Epic Games wants to support the new mode for the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday, PDP alongside IGN revealed the first effort of this era making its return to the surface with the announcement of the Riffmaster. You can watch the announcement trailer in the video below:
“At first glance, it looks similar to plastic guitar controllers made at the height of Guitar Hero and Rock Band’s popularity. But a closer examination reveals some noticeable changes to the formula,” IGN writes in the article. Confirmed for support, both Rock Band 4 as well as Fortnite Festival are to be compatible with the PDP Riffmaster.
“Most notably, the Riffmaster has a thumbstick behind the guitar, an ambidextrous design, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a promised battery life of 36 hours on a single charge. Riffmaster’s disassembly, meanwhile, is pretty unique. Instead of detaching the guitar body and the long neck to create a two-piece teardown, the Riffmaster uses a foldable design that makes it easy to travel or store.”
And while Harmonix continues to support Fortnite Festival, it gives a farewell to Rock Band 4. Although the game is not being shuttered anytime soon, it is confirmed that the game will be ending its content support eight years since the game released. You can read the full report by heading here.
What has you eager to get the PDP Riffmaster?
The PDP Riffmaster is planned to release sometime in spring 2024.