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Archer lands in Rock Band 4 alongside Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone in the best cross-promotion ever

by Eric Frederiksen | March 16, 2017

The team at Harmonix is bringing Kenny Loggins’ classic rock song, ‘Danger Zone’ into Rock Band 4. While that song used to be intimately connected to the movie Top Gun, it’s picked up a new association in the last few years. If you’re anything like me, you read the title of the song a particular way.

Well, so did the team at Harmonix. And thanks to some cooperation from the FX network and the studio that creates the world’s best (ex-)secret agent, Sterling Archer is coming to Rock Band 4 as part of the March content update, launching today.

Sterling Archer and the March content update are both free, but ‘Danger Zone’ costs the usual $1.99. If you have Rock Band 4 sitting on your Xbox or PlayStation, this might be one of the best reasons to haul your plastic guitars out of storage. If you’re familiar with the look of Rock Band, you’ll know it’s not a 2D cel-shaded game. Rock Band product manager Daniel Sussman wrote on the PlayStation blog that the team created custom tools to get a look much closer to that of the Archer we know and love.

Oh, and Mass Effect stuff, too

In addition to the March update landing square in the center of the Danger Zone, BioWare is sending some stuff Harmonix’ way to promote the March 21 launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda. You can pick up the items in the game’s Rock Shop, and they include a special outfit and a guitar for your musician. That helmet could bring some additional authenticity to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, now that I think about it.

Rock Band is kind of chugging along, doing its thing with devoted fans these days, and that’s not likely to change, but a cross-promotion like Archer is a perfect pairing, and I’m thrilled that they were able to make it happen.


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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...