Rock Band 4 PC Crowdfunding Campaign Fails To Hit $US1.5M Goal

Rock Band 4 PC Crowdfunding Campaign Fails To Hit $US1.5M Goal

Harmonix's latest crowdfunding attempt didn't get anywhere close to fully funded, making it unclear if Rock Band 4 will ever come to the PC. Some crowdfunding projects are able to pull off miraculous come-from-behind rallies in the final days of a campaign, but that wasn't the case with Rock Band 4 on PC. Harmonix was looking for $US1.5 million to make the port happen, but as of last night, it only reached $US792,817.

Perhaps more telling was the split between investment backers, folks who can make money off the game's sales and straightforward pledges. With Rock Band 4 on PC, investors made up $US592,000 of the total, while only $US201,000 came from pledges.

"As we enter our final 12 hours, we would like to give a great big "Thank You" to all of our backers and supporters," Harmonix said in a backer update.

Harmonix has since published a postmortem FAQ about the campaign, and confirms Rock Band 4 won't be happening for PC.

It's not the first time Harmonix has turned to crowdfunding, though the last project took place on Kickstarter, a far more popular service. The studio raised $US844,127 to bring Amplitude back on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The PS3 version just launched.

Perhaps there was enough investor interest for Harmonix to find another way to make Rock Band 4 on PC a reality? Who knows.

Neither Rock Band 4 nor Guitar Hero Live managed to breathe significant new life into the plastic instrument genre last year, and the tepid response to this crowdfunding campaign may point to the genre nearing its end.


Comments

    The crowd-funding scene is sort of unable to even be properly discussed with mentioning the elephant in the room. Kickstarter-funded games with higher profiles sort of become events in themselves as they roll on towards their due dates and the money goal always gets reached, like the article states - there's always this common element of 'investor interest' which we don't usually hear the particulars about.

    FOLLOW THE MONEY.

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