Watch: Harmonix Reveals ‘Rock Band VR’ Gameplay, Scoring System & First Setlist

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Harmonix has revealed the music setlist you’ll be able to choose from and a new video which breaks down how to play the VR exclusive version of the game which the developer claims has been “designed from the ground up for VR.”

Revealed way back in December 2015 during the Game Awards, it’s been a long road to release for what was at the time, one of the few triple-A franchises to commit to a VR dedicated iteration – Rock Band VR was originally supposed to land on Oculus Rift in 2016. However, with the now confirmed release date of March 23rd, we’re finally being treated to some crucial detail on both the gameplay and, perhaps more importantly, the music tracks you’ll be able to play.

First up is the first setlist of tracks to be revealed (from a total of 60 in the final game), and while I’m not going to comment on the selection (for fear of inevitable musical taste retribution), the complete listing in the below image (click to make larger). You can find the full list at the bottom of this article.


Along with this crucial information, Harmonix has also revealed how you’ll actually play Rock Band VR once it arrives, digging into some of the scoring systems and gameplay mechanics in a new video. The video claims that Rock Band VR features a new twist on the familiar rhythm action loops that have gone before describing the differences thus: “One way to think about it is, if traditional Rock Band is about nailing that perfect take for a studio recording, Rock Band VR is about the creative freedom that comes with a live performance”.

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First Rockband VR Setlist

  • Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
  • Against The Current – “Running With The Wild Things”
  • Alice In Chains – “Man in the Box”
  • Arctic Horror – “Black Seas”
  • AudioDamn! – “Lights Out”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “Beast and the Harlot”
  • Basement – “Promise Everything”
  • The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling”
  • Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
  • DragonForce – “Through The Fire And Flames”
  • Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
  • Ghost – “Cirice”
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “Bad Reputation”
  • The Killers – “When You Were Young”
  • Megadeth – “Hangar 18”
  • Oasis – “Champagne Supernova”
  • OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”
  • Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
  • The Shelters – “Rebel Heart”
  • Spirit Kid – “To My Romeo”
  • Van Halen – “Panama”

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    Does it have multiplayer?

  • Rick W4

    That’s already an amazing song list can’t wait!! And 40 more songs on top!! Played at OC3 absolutely fantastic!!! My understanding it’s single player only (who has multiple HMDs?) and guitar only but that’s all I’ve ever played anyway. Already preordered the $69 bundle literally cannot wait!!