Harmonix announces Rock Band

Guitar Hero was just the opening act. MTV and the developers of that video game have a headliner in the works called Rock Band, which lets four music lovers gig together in person or online.

Expected in stores for the year-end holidays, the Electronic Arts game (no price set) for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 will be played with four instrument-based video game controllers: two guitars (lead and bass), a drum kit and a microphone.

In the popular game Guitar Hero, players tap color-coded fret keys and strum a guitar-shaped controller in time with scrolling on-screen notes. Rock Band "takes the core premise of Guitar Hero and expands it tenfold," says Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of Harmonix, which developed the game and the Karaoke Revolution games. "It lets you create a complete collaborative band."

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Caxtus7504271d ago (Edited 4271d ago )


How will it work?? Im guessing it only comes with one or 2 instruments at most as Guitar Hero 2 costs $90/£64* on the 360. With one instrument.

For some reason i dont believe this. Im sorry if its true. Nice idea if it is and the multiplayer would be intresting. Cant see it catching on though. The screen in splitplayer will be jam packed and the same with so im guessing no splitscreen meaning no party action meaning no sales? Half the reason people buy these is for a fun get together...doesnt have the same appeal when on your own over LIVE imo.

How would the online element work? Everyone would have the same instruments because they will have all bought the same pack unless they are not instruments-just pads in which case that defeats the point.

If this is true...then it will be interesting to see how this works...and the price.....but i still feel its a late april fool

*Thanks to GameOn for the update on price :)

_insane_cobra4271d ago (Edited 4271d ago )

My god, that will be insanely expensive. Unless they plan to offer separate bundles for each instrument.

GameOn4271d ago

i couldnt find it for cheaper than that.

Ill be sticking with guitar hero cos its about to come out and i wont be needind another rythem game.

Caxtus7504271d ago

really? sorry my bad, il update my post, thanks :)

Just checked Amazon. Guitar Hero 2 RRP is 69.99GBP ??? WOW! That is far more expensive than i was thinking!

Thanks GameOn.

Bigmac5734271d ago (Edited 4271d ago )

It'll probably be fun, but all the instruments and equipment to buy seems like it'd cost $130-$150 bucks =(

Happy Hippo4271d ago

I think they will sell the game seperated from the controllers.
And then i think you'll be able to use you guitar hero controller for the Lead guitar and the bass. The Karaoke Revolution mic can probably be used for the singing.
So you buy the game, and buy the drum kit or use your guitar hero controller or buy it. The you buddy comes over ans he got the mic, he plugs it in and you go online together. you find to friends on you frindlist and invite them to play. They got the drum kit and another guitar, and you start having some fun.

Armyless4271d ago

All our house would need is the drum kit to make this work. Who doesn't want to play this? You'd have to be nuts to pass this one up.

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