Another Tuesday means another DLC announcement through Twitter for Rock Band 4 fans. This week, an iconic Rick James track and a recent Switchfoot release join the game’s massive library of additional content.
— Rock Band (@RockBand) September 19, 2017
James’ “Super Freak,” known for its bass line and suggestive lyrics, and Switchfoot’s “Float” off their 2016 album “Where the Light Shines Through,” adds to each artists’ Rock Band representation. For James, this is his series debut, while Switchfoot now have a total of two songs available as DLC, the first being “Meant to Live,” released in 2010 during the tail end of Rock Band 2’s lifespan.
For players with the Spotlight Pass, “Super Freak” will automatically be added to the console’s downloads list once the tune goes live on Thursday. Despite the song’s upcoming release, this is not the first time Harmonix has used the 1981 hit for a game. Harmonix first released the track in 2011 for the Xbox 360 exclusive Dance Central and later re-released in 2015 for Dance Central Spotlight on Xbox One.
Switchfoot’s release is in a similar situation, although “Float” was featured in Rock Band VR‘s setlist on the Oculus Rift. Harmonix has periodically released VR tunes as normal DLC in 4, a trend that started near the virtual reality spinoff’s launch.
Meanwhile, the Spotlight Pass is shaping up to a pack of hits covering a variety of genres, from alternative, metal, rock, funk and hip-hop. Next week might see a pop song joining the pass’ listing, as a Harmonix team member hinted on the developer’s forums.
The Spotlight Pass currently consists of:
- “Stupid Girl” – Garbage
- “Stranglehold” – Ted Nugent
- “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice
- “God Damn” – Avenged Sevenfold
- “Super Freak” – Rick James
Three more songs are planned for the pass, and will be revealed during each of the three next week’s DLC announcements. The Spotlight Pass is available for $13.49 on PS4 and Xbox One.