'Rock Band 4' Crowdfunding Campaign Fails
There will be no Rock Band 4 for your PC after all. A month after the popular game's creator, Harmonix, launched a crowdfunding campaign seeking $1.5 million to bring the fourth edition of the game to PCs, the effort has fallen far short.
The bid, which ended on Tuesday, raised just over 52 percent of its goal ($792,817), with 1,674 backers ponying up for a chance to help fund a Steam workshop version of the game that was going to be developed by the British independent studio Sumo Digital.
That edition would have allowed PC gamers to add user generated content through the Rock Band Network; Rock Band 4 was published for XBox1 and PS4 platforms last year with new elements like freestyle guitar solos.
In the video posted last month announcing the crowdfunding effort, Harmonix co-founders Alex Rigopulos and Matthew Nordhaus said the perks they were offering to potential investors using the FIG funding platform were: profit-sharing for investors, comments access, in-game credits, a half day hang at the Harmonix HQ that included lunch and a jam session with the team or the inclusion of one of your songs in the game.
Backers were understandably upset about the campaign's failure, with one writing, "butted this didn't happen" and another lamenting, "I was a $500 backer and although I thought it was a longshot, I'm really sad this didn't make the goal -- now I don't get to spend a half day at harmonics and game play with them or anything."