Last night on The Game Awards show, Palmer Luckey of Oculus Rift announced that Rock Band VR has been in development for some time. The Oculus Rift VR headset is expected to launch in early 2016. So far there’s no release date for Rock Band VR, but it’s expected sometime in 2016.

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift in 2014 for $2 billion. It’ll be used for a huge range of activities besides video games, but lots of VR games are in the works as well. Rock Band VR is the one of the biggest announcements so far, and it certainly seems like a natural.

The trailer shows gameplay in which the player is the rock star facing the audience, with bandmates to the right and left. That starts at about 2 minutes in. Before that, we’re treated to a skit involving the band Dragonforce, Palmer Lucky, and developers from Harmonix.

“There’s going to be a ton of experiences from a ton of developers, like Rock Band VR,” said Luckey. He’s obviously excited about the Oculus’s impending release.

Rock Band 4 launched recently from Harmonix to positive reviews.



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