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Mar 15

Danger Zone! Sterling Archer Takes the Stage in Rock Band 4

The debonair, two-dimensional super spy takes the stage to belt — what else — Danger Zone (also coming to Rock Band 4).

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Sterling Archer: secret agent turned private investigator turned… rock star? That’s right, this Thursday everyone’s favorite spy from “Archer,” the hit animated series on FXX, makes his long-awaited Rock Band debut as part of our March content update for Rock Band 4.

Archer in Rock Band

“That’s awesome! But why Archer?” you may ask. Well, I’ve got two words for you: “Danger Zone.”

When we received word that the Kenny Loggins mega-hit was coming to the Rock Band DLC Music Library, our thoughts immediately went to Archer. We’re big fans of the show. In fact, you could say that we like Archer as much as Archer likes, well, “Danger Zone”. So we reached out to the good folks at FXX and Floyd County Productions to see if they’d like to do something special for Rock Band and Archer fans and they jumped at the chance. An Archer cameo in Rock Band was happening.

For our art team, bringing Archer into Rock Band presented a unique challenge. The Archer TV show is cel-shaded, 2D animation – completely different from Rock Band’s signature 3D style. We experimented with a couple of different approaches for how Archer might look in Rock Band, including an Archer character in the traditional Rock Band style, but ultimately decided that the best approach was one that was true to the look and feel of the FXX series, so we created a custom cel-shader in Rock Band just for this character. The end result is an Archer that looks like he was pulled straight from TV and dropped on stage. We think he looks awesome – he almost pops off the screen!

Archer in Rock Band

Rock Band’s March update will be available tomorrow, March 16th. In addition to FXX’s Archer, there’s a bunch of other cool assets coming to Rock Band – like new punk outfits in the Rock Shop and a playable Normandy bass from Mass Effect – so make sure to check it out. Until then, here’s some footage of Archer singing his signature tune to hold you over.

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MisterAxle said:

March 15th, 9:07 am

Would be awesome if we could get the Cherlene/Kenny duet version.

flipdaddy said:

March 15th, 10:32 am

Do you have to have Rivals? I don’t see any mention of it other than in the video.

Axecution said:

March 15th, 10:40 am

hahaha sweet. These updates are wonderful.

Keep up the updates guys. Was playing online with my friend last night.
We really need matchmaking and the ability to make online setlists longer than 2 songs.

Luv u tho <3

Tarheel_Mark said:

March 15th, 10:50 am

Lana?

AceTKen said:

March 15th, 12:24 pm

Nice! Loving the updates, guys! Now just post more DLC…

plaztiksyke said:

March 17th, 7:44 am

Will Rock Band 4 be patched to support HDR?

I’d still love to see keyboard support come back since i bought so much content with keyboard support, but I’ll settle for Rocksmith’s upcoming release that adds it.

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