August 25, 2015 - 1:34 PM

The End of Days approaches!

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It’s often hard to tell an ending from a beginning.

Back in 2013, Harmonix announced that April 2 would be the end. Their tradition of weekly DLC, which had lasted for almost five and a half years, was done. “American Pie” was a fitting gravestone, and Harmonix got to focus on other projects. But many of us had devotedly followed these releases, junkies suddenly deprived of their high. And of those devotees, some of us knew how to make custom songs work, and some of us knew how to author those songs, and a cool idea was born. “One more pack,” we said. We planned out the Rapture, originally a one-and-done pack of community customs. And more than two years after that one-time release, here we are, with well over a thousand new songs for you — the other devotees, just like us — to play.

Now, Harmonix has another big day on the horizon. We’ve kept the candle burning, but Rock Band 4 hits shelves on October 6, and that beginning is also an ending. C3’s final release will be October 2, 2015.

It’s been a wild ride, and all of us on the C3 admin and author teams will have plenty to say about it. Luckily for you, it’s still five weeks and change away, and C3 never lets a big milestone pass unrecognized. Our final weeks are no exception. Please look forward to The End of Days, a four-week farewell salute to our players and Rock Band 3!

The End of Days

  • Week 1 (September 11): I Can’t Believe It’s Not Guitar Hero C02
    A big batch of GH ports! 10+ multitrack hits from the GH series.
  • Week 2 (September 18): C3’s All-Star Farewell
    One song each from every C3 author we could scrounge up, which also means 10 or more tracks.
  • Week 3 (September 25): ???
    Wait and see! Are you ready for more than 20 new songs? (OK, good, because that’s how many there are.)
  • Week 4 (October 2): The End
    What songs? How many songs? It’s a secret to everybody.

Astute observers will notice that there’s still two weeks before The End of Days gets started. They’re not officially part of the event, but they are crazy good releases regardless.

Weekly releases might be ending, but the C3 community isn’t going anywhere, and our forums will stay open indefinitely. We’d also like to make it easier for people to find and share their own non-C3 customs, and we have some stuff cooking in that area that might be ready before October. (As a reminder, C3 will never allow customs of any official, purchasable Rock Band song, including Rock Band 4 tracks. Especially those.)

We’ll have more posts from me, the other admins, and our authors as we draw closer to the end of all things. For now, though, just kick back. We’ll see you, as usual, on Friday.

-pksage