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Harmonix survey asks players what they would want in a new 'Rock Band'

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It might be time to start dusting off those plastic instruments and practicing your falsetto, Rock Band fans.

Harmonix, the company behind the Rock Band franchise, has made a few recent moves that suggest the game developer is seriously considering a return to the series. The studio released a survey asking players about their history with the Rock Band series—what games they owned, the instruments they used and may still currently own, and how they interacted with the games.

But on the final page of the survey, Harmonix asks users to rank the features that would be most important to them in a new Rock Band. The 12 options include a dedicated campaign mode, competing with other players online, consistent releases of new songs to add to the experience, and several other options.

The survey comes only a few days after three new downloadable songs were made available for Rock Band 3, the first time any new content was released for the game since April 3, 2013, when Don McLean’s “American Pie” was appropriately released as a “final” song. Harmonix had previously delivered 275 consecutive weeks of new songs for purchase, an amount of downloadable content and consistency in release that few other games have even come close to matching.

This survey wouldn’t be the first time Harmonix has tested the reception a new Rock Band game might elicit. The company put out a similar survey last year, and the company’s co-founder Alex Rigopulos has said before that Rock Band is “something we’ll return to at the right point in time and reimagine it as appropriate for its time.”

This new survey and content in no way confirm that Rock Band 4: The Band’s Back Together is actually under development, but Harmonix is clearly looking into the appetite for a new Rock Band and what exactly players would want from that experience. The last major release, Rock Band 3, introduced a keyboard and pro instruments that were intended to teach players how to actually play real instruments.

The music game genre surged to popularity in the mid-2000s, but games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero lost their hold on the marketplace almost as quickly as they gained it. Harmonix is likely hopeful that when it does decide plastic instruments are back in vogue, the playing community will be just as willing to fill their living rooms with faux Stratocasters and drum sets.