Harmonix’s Daniel Sussman has explained why Rock Band 4 will be skipping PC when it launches later this year.
According to Sussman, there are a couple of reasons that led to the decision being made. The first is the lack of library on the PC due to previous entries only being released on consoles.
“One has to do with the fact the library is not there on PC. The library is there on Xbox and PlayStation,” he told Eurogamer. “So, for players who want it on PC, really you’re looking at a new audience that hasn’t played before, and I don’t know to what degree there is an audience for new players who have never played Rock Band before on the PC. That’s one piece of it.”
Another, more obvious reason, is piracy concerns due to the game relying heavily on its relationship with music rights holders. “The other piece is all the security issues, to be perfectly frank,” Sussman added. “There’s something comforting about the closed network that comes along with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That’s important to our partners in the music industry. Not to say that’s an unsolvable problem.”
However, these issues don’t mean that Rock Band will never come to PC. “As we start to think about Rock Band 4 and how we build out from this platform, part of that is content and features, another part of that is platforms. If we determine there is a market for PC, then we’d be crazy to ignore it,” Sussman concluded.
Rock Band 4 is scheduled to launch later this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.