With the release of Dance Central 2, we all got a reminder that the landscape for rhythm games has changed drastically in a very short time. Rock Band 3 received rave reviews, but it certainly didn't live up to then-publisher MTV Games expectations. But that doesn't mean the Rock Band franchise (or Guitar Hero, for that matter) is dead.

Alex Navarro (former Harmonix employee, now a writer over at Giant Bomb) has a fantastic, in-depth interview with several key Harmonix staffers, which you should read when you get the chance. But here are a few highlights:

On a possible Rock Band/Guitar Hero collaboration:

Alex Rigopulos: "I don't consider the fact that we were intense competitors in the past to necessarily preclude the idea that we could work together on the right thing in the future."

On Rock Band's future:

Greg LoPiccolo: "I'm confident in saying on the record that we have not abandoned the Rock Band franchise. We think there's a lot of creative life left in it, and we're extremely excited in the creative opportunities we think are there."

What is the future of Rock Band?

On a saxophone peripheral:

Eran Egozy: "We do have plans on where we're going to go with Rock Band and how we plan to expand it. All I'll say for now is that it isn't what you think. You might assume we're going to add saxophone or something along those lines, but no, the kind of direction we're planning on taking Rock Band, the kind of innovation we have in mind, is taking it in a different direction, one that's more suitable to the kind of environment we're in, what people are doing now, what they're interested in playing now, versus, say, 2007.

The developers have lots of other interesting commentary on their franchise and the genre as well, so if you're a fan of the series head on over and read the full interview right here.