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Rock Band Rivals Announced, Plus Fender™ Jaguar™ Guitar Controller Revealed

Hi everyone!

It’s been a crazy ride since the release of Rock Band™ 4 in October of last year. We’ve dedicated a lot of time to the Rock Band platform, making it better and better with every update. The update hitting consoles today marks the end of a chapter, which gives us the opportunity for the next one. Today, we’re thrilled to announce Rock Band™ Rivals, a new expansion pack for Rock Band 4 that will be available this fall.

The Rock Band team has brought many features to Rock Band 4 already, including fan favorites like custom Setlists, double kick pedal support, and Practice Mode. As of PAX East this past April, we announced that synchronous online multiplayer will be making its way to the game for the holidays this year!

With Rock Band Rivals, the Rock Band team has been flexing their creative muscles to produce something truly unique. For the launch of the expansion, we’re going to be bringing you brand new features that have never been seen in Rock Band before. These are really big, new modes to the game, and players of all difficulties and play styles will be able to enjoy what we’re cooking up for you. We can’t wait to share more about Rock Band Rivals in the near future.

Rock Band Rivals

The folks at PDP have been quite busy, too! The time has come for us to pull back the curtain and introduce you to some cool new gear heading to Rock Band 4. We’re super excited to reveal our newest guitar peripheral for the franchise – a smooth, ultra-marine blue Fender® Jaguar Guitar Controller from PDP.

NEW Fender™ Jaguar™ Guitar Controller for Rock Band 4!

The Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller comes with all the basics you’d expect: upper frets for classic gameplay, and solo frets for the daring shredders out there. It’s got a highly sensitive tilt sensor for perfect Overdrive deployment, and an improved strum bar for increased precision at high speeds. The auto-calibration light sensor allows less ambient light than previous guitars, which means auto-calibrating is more accurate and will get you playing faster. Aside from all of the classic features this new guitar will come with, it’s got one that really seals the deal: it’s foldable. That’s right, you read that correctly. Our newest Rock Band peripheral is a foldable guitar.

Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller for Rock Band

The Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller is the first foldable Rock Band peripheral in history. With its grab n’ go abilities, you can take the Jaguar on the road with ease. Plus, it’s great for storage in tight spaces! When you’re ready to rock, unfold the Jaguar and you’re in the game. When the encore’s over, fold up the Jaguar and store it in places other Rock Band peripherals couldn’t go.

Meet the New Rock Band 4 Accessories

That’s not all, folks! You can expect to see more Rock Band peripheral accessories on the way this year as well. In addition to the sleek new Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller, PDP is in the process of creating the Rock Band™ Fender® Jaguar Guitar Charger: a charging dock designed exclusively for the Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller that includes a rechargeable battery back, all the while serving as a modern display stand for your latest axe in music gaming. What better way to show off your newest guitar than in a snazzy guitar stand that also keeps your battery charged? You can even connect the included AC adapter to the battery pack and charge while playing!

Rock Band™ Fender® Jaguar Guitar Charger

The Rock Band™ Fender® Jaguar Guitar Charger will be available for $29.99 USD.

We’ve been talking about an adapter for your Xbox ION drums since our announcements at PAX East. Officially licensed by Microsoft, the Rock Band™ 4 Wired Legacy Adapter for Xbox One is exclusively compatible with Rock Band 4 and these specific legacy controllers:

  • Rock Band 3 Midi PRO-Adapter for Xbox 360
  • ION Drum Rocker for Xbox 360
  • Wired legacy Rock Band peripherals*

* The adapter is still in development, but Harmonix and PDP are working together to achieve compatibility across the entire wired product line.

Rock Band™ 4 Wired Legacy Adapter for Xbox One

The Rock Band™ 4 Wired Legacy Adapter for Xbox One will be available for $29.99 USD.

PDP will be releasing new Rock Band Rivals hardware bundles later this year: The Rock Band™ Rivals Wireless Jaguar Bundle will include Rock Band 4 software with the Rock Band Rivals expansion pack and one Fender Jaguar guitar controller for $89.99 USD. The Rock Band™ Rivals Band Kit will include Rock Band 4 software with the Rock Band Rivals expansion pack, one Fender Jaguar guitar controller, one Rock Band 4 drum kit, and one microphone for $199.99 USD. All hardware bundles will be available for both Xbox One and PlayStation®4 platforms. The Rock Band™ Fender® Jaguar Guitar Charger and Rock Band™ 4 Wired Legacy Adapter for Xbox One will be available for purchase separately.

The Rock Band Rivals expansion pack will also be available as a standalone digital download on these platforms for $29.99 USD. Everything here is pricing in USD; international pricing will be revealed soon!

If this just wasn’t enough information for you, you can be among the first folks in the loop to hear about all the news we’ve got cooking for the near future. Be sure to head over to and sign up to be the first to know!

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Rock Band 4 and PDP at E3

The Harmonix and PDP teams are on the show floor all week with Rock Band 4 and the new Fender Jaguar guitars. Come on by, say hello, get familiar with our latest and greatest peripherals, and be sure to let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter!

After all of this cool new stuff we’ve just talked about, you’d think we were done…think again! This isn’t the only news we’ve got in store. Even MORE information about the future of Rock Band is headed your way soon. You can keep up to date with the latest on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the newly launched Snapchat!