As some of you may be aware, Harmonix has announced that the Rock Band franchise will be making a comeback this year with the fourth numbered entry. The rhythm based franchise sees players bashing away on various expensive peripherals that resemble instruments popular to typical rock bands, covering a massive variety of songs both old and new. The series had a presence on the Wii prior to the assumed death of the genre due to market saturation, but it appears that this new entry will not be initially coming to the Wii U.

In the information that Harmonix had for the announcement, it had this to say regarding the Wii U:

Due to shifting production priorities and capabilities of the studio, we don't currently have plans to release RB4 on the Wii / Wii U / PC simultaneously with Xbox One and PS4. While we genuinely appreciate the support of Wii Rock band users over the years, and the increased interest from PC gamers, the truth is that we had to prioritize opportunities on other platforms with historically larger RB audience

It seems that the hard truth is that the Wii U just isn't a viable platform for this game. This isn't the first time a developer's turned down the Wii U due to the install base and it's certainly not the last, but this is still unfortunate news. Not all hope is lost, however, as Daniel Sussman - the Project Manager for the title - said this in a brief interview with Hardcore Gamer:

The Wii U is a really hard call for us, but from our initial research the audience is not there yet, and I would be really psyched for there to be this public outcry of “Where is the Wii U? I will absolutely throw money at you and I wanna buy it and preorder it!" and all that. And then we start working on it.

So there you have it; if you want Rock Band 4 to come to the Wii U, you've gotta make enough noise for Harmonix to take notice. What do you think? Would you like to see this make an appearance on the Wii U? Rock out in the comments below.

[via forums.harmonixmusic.com, hardcoregamer.com]