Rock Band 4 wants players to ‘color outside the lines’

Improvisational vocals and more

IGN has the hot scoop on Rock Band 4 these days, having taken a trip to the Harmonix office to cover the upcoming music game. While it has exclusive gameplay footage going up later this week, the site posted some details yesterday that may get plastic instrument fans excited.

For starters, Rock Band 4 uses a new engine that runs at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. The more impactful details revolve around the idea of personal expression, or “color[ing] outside the lines,” as Product Manager Daniel Sussman describes.

To start off a song, the drummer can count the band in with hits on the green tom. During drum fills, a randomly chosen fill from a set will display instead of the “go nuts” bars from the past. Vocals will be afforded much more freedom than in past games, with scoring based on following the given melody or for improvising a new one in tune.

One last bit sounds interesting, but details are scant. The campaign mode is described as a Rock Band role-playing game. Perhaps we’ll get a better picture of this when we see the first gameplay footage on Friday.

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Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.