Players were understandably skeptical of Rock Band 4
's initial October 2015 launch — it was lacking features its predecessors knocked out of the park such as practice mode and online multiplayer. Nonetheless, last month Harmonix proclaimed
they intended to support Rock Band 4
through the entirety of 2016.
Adding practice mode is a good start, which is just what is being added in this month's update. Harmonix has given us a brief preview of some of the features.
Players will be able to practice by navigating to Training
from the Main Menu
then selecting Practice Mode
Naturally, you will then be able to select a song, instrument and difficulty. You'll also be able to select a specific section of a song that might be giving you trouble and of course can select the full song if you desire. The notes can also slowed down or sped up at any time by pressing
Vocals practice mode is designed a bit differently since it would sound odd to slow down the lyrics and sing slowly as a method of practicing, but there is a toggleable Guide Pitch feature that will provide guidance to help your voice hit all the right notes.
In addition to the preview of practice mode, you can also check out Harmonix' roadmap of improvements for this year and when players can expect them.
There's a big pause button in the middle of the schedule for a reason. Harmonix says the June update will be the last update to Rock Band 4 until the online multiplayer, music library improvements and expansion pack coming later in 2016.
The June update will be available sometime this month. If you missed it, there was also a teaser
hinting at what appears to be new instruments for Rock Band 4
. And of course, Harmonix confirmed they will be at E3 sharing more tidbits of what's to come.