When Rock Band 4 was announced, Harmonix made it clear that they would be supporting the game as a platform for a long time to come. We’ve loved what we’ve seen so far, so we’re glad to see that less than a week after release, Rock Band 4 is already getting some of that promised support — four new DLC songs and a pro-cymbal expansion set that will unlock a new game mode.
Longtime third party gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz has partnered with Harmonix on some of the instruments for the new game, including the upcoming cymbals kit. The Rock Band 4 Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit is a new set consisting of crash, ride, and hi-hat cymbals, things that appropriately enough only actual drummers would know something about. The cymbals go behind the base Rock Band 4 drum kit and give drummers more things to hit — hence the return of pro mode.
Pro mode for drums is another Harmonix promise the developer is making good on. Returning from the previous game, pro mode is a response to anyone who has ever said playing a game isn’t as good as playing the instrument, better simulating the process of playing a real drum kit. It was a sneaky great way to learn how to actually play the drums — the game mode that launched a thousand neighbor complaints.
The Rock Band 4 Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit is available for preorder for $50, with shipping scheduled for this holiday season. If you can’t wait that long for new Rock Band material, you can grab four new tracks for $1.99 each, starting tomorrow —
Alabama Shakes, ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
Breaking Benjamin, ‘Failure’
Death From Above 1979, ‘Trainwreck 1979’
The Pretty Reckless, ‘Follow Me Down’