Rock Band's older DLC content will begin to leave the game's store as licensing agreements expire, developer Harmonix has said.
Metallica's "Ride the Lightning," "And Justice for All," and "Blackened" are the first, and currently only, tracks to be affected. The three songs were released on the Rock Band store back in November 2007.
Speaking about the potential removal of songs from the Rock Band library, Harmonix said on Facebook that "our Music Team has been hard at work extending these licenses to make sure that this has as small an impact on the community as possible, but there may be a very limited number of songs that will no longer be offered for new purchases in the Rock Band store."
At present, customers who have already purchased the content will be unaffected by the removal of the songs and will be able to download them if required.
Harmonix says that future updates on Rock Band DLC relicensing will likely arrive on a quarterly basis. The developer says it is "making it a priority" to give players notice ahead of content expiring.
"We'll do our best to make sure that you have one last chance to buy these legacy catalog tracks," said Harmonix.
The final downloadable track for Harmonix's Rock Band Store, "American Pie" by Don McLean, was released on April 2. In total, the store saw over 4,000 tracks released across 275 consecutive weeks.
"We're incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we've set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn't have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing community," wrote Harmonix in February.
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Newest | Oldest | Top CommentsBlowing_for_Ps4 5ptsFeatured Apr 10, 2013
This just makes me want to get ride the lightning and master of puppets again
zyxahn 5ptsFeatured Apr 10, 2013
To me it's like listening to the songs, people still do that don't they ??? Instead of just turning on the music you play it in these games. The Blood Sugar Sex Magic cd is a constant favorite of mine to play through. Just incase anyone says I play the game because I can't play an actual guitar I can play them on one of those as well. Covering the bases :)
ninjaroach81 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Wait, do people still play Rock Band? McDog3 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
I certainly do from time to time, mostly when I have guests.
HelIWithoutSin 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Timmy_Gwar 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@ninjaroach81 It looks as though two people still play it.
bmart970 5ptsFeatured Jun 2, 2013
@Timmy_Gwar@ninjaroach81 Make that three.
Kevin-V 5ptsmoderatorstaffFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@ninjaroach81 It's always my go-to game for parties.
DaSlyOne 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@Kevin-V@ninjaroach81 Yup. Same here.
Blowing_for_Ps4 5ptsFeatured Apr 10, 2013
@Kevin-V@ninjaroach81 you have parties and Im not invited?
Fursnake 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
When those Metallica tracks were 'yanked' they did a James Hetfield yell.
Nibbles37 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
If I was a musician famous or not and my tracks were on Rock Band I would be honored they wanted to include my stuff and want it up there for all time so that people could enjoy the music no matter when they showed up to the party. McDog3 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Unfortunately, most of the time its the record label that holds the licensing rights.
nazart81 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
it's time for the rocksmith guys to up their game and grab some metallica songs. adroge1 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Oh Metallica... yeah, used to listen to them until they demonstrated their true colors. A bunch of cry babies if you ask me. fadersdream 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@adroge1 Same... after all the napster crap I lost interest. Tried to continue liking them but their songs seemed fake.
Felt like I was listening to millionaires who play music, not musicians who became millionaires. Misfitgraves18 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Damn you Bob Rock! KeenoControl 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@Misfitgraves18 Bob Rock didn't have anything to do with ...And Justice for All or Ride the Lightning Misfitgraves18 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@KeenoControl Yeah, I know. I was just stating the fact that he led them down the road to becoming sellouts :/.
GamerofMario1 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
I don't care about Metallica, but it is nice for Harmonix to tell us in advance... raahsnavj 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
If I recall, from Rock Band 1 to 2 most of the Metallica stuff got dropped at that point. Goes to show you whoever manages their label has little to no care about those that enjoy their music. The EA equivalent of the music industry...
Dagus0323 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
I love their music but their moral standings are kinda iffy for me. I under stand that they want musicians to make as much money as possible because with more money in music, more people are drawn to make music, thereby increasing the evolution and amount of new groups after them to prosper after becoming popular. but they just end up looking like fucking dickheads doing what is a sorta good thing lol. they need a better manager zerooo0 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Didn't Metallica sue their own fans?
OurSin-360 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
@zerooo0 pretty much Bleak5170 5ptsFeatured Apr 9, 2013
Slowest news day ever.
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