It’s August. 2010. Shouldn’t I be playing Pearl Jam Rock Band by now?
It’s been 15 months since Pearl Jam teamed up with Rhapsody and Harmonix to let fans choose the best live versions of the band’s awesome live catalog. Since then, all we’ve seen is a listing on a Swedish website with placeholder boxart. That was in May of this year. The only response to this was, “We haven’t announced any products beyond Green Day: Rock Band and Rock Band 3. We have a great relationship with Pearl Jam and hope to have more of their awesome music in the game in the future.” Since then, Harmonix has given us zero information on whether the game is still in development or if it has been summarily canceled.
I want the truth.
I expected the game to be announced and playable at this year’s E3. Instead we got Rock Band 3 and Dance Central. Of course, Harmonix isn’t going to ignore the cash cow that is the Rock Band platform, and they’ve obviously been able to generate some serious buzz for Kinect with Dance Central, so I’m not suggesting that they develop PJRB instead of those core titles. I am suggesting, nay demanding, that they at least give us an indication on where the game is in development. They owe the fans that voted on the songs at least that much.
I don’t think any one expected Harmonix to give the same amount of time and polish to Pearl Jam Rock Band as they have to The Beatles or Green Day. Honestly, I’ve been expecting a track pack much like the AC/DC one released through Walmart and Sams Club. And I’m ok with that. I don’t need a bunch of flashy backdrops and psychedelic colors for me to enjoy the music that I already love.
If we do see them sneak the game out in September, it will be overshadowed by Rock Band 3, not to mention every other huge game coming out that month. Dooming it to fail in this way is a disservice to the band and to the fans. Harmonix could be holding the game for an early 2011 release, which would give them time to make it compatible with the new instruments and Pro Mode.
Whatever the story is, this is one game that I’ll be watching for until it releases. If it’s been canceled, then my switch to Guitar Hero will be complete.