EA Announces Four New Tracks on Rock Band Music Store Catalog

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277w ago - Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the addition of four new tracks to the Rock Band® Music Store catalog of downloadable content from bands Snow Patrol, Deep Purple, James Gang and Jethro Tull.

Press Release: Scottish alternative band Snow Patrol makes its debut in the Rock Band music catalog offering their first single "Take Back the City" from their new album A Hundred Million Suns (2008).

In addition, the Rock Band music catalog will expand its collection of Deep Purple tracks, giving players access to the classic rock band's single "Space Truckin''" from the influential album Machine Head (1972). Deep Purple's "Highway Star" was featured on the original Rock Band soundtrack.

Next week's offering also includes the classic rock single "Funk #49" from the album James Gang Rides Again (1970) featuring Joe Walsh, Dale Peters and Jimmy Fox.

The Jethro Tull single"Hymn 43" will become the second Tull track in the Rock Band music catalog, joining "Aqualung" which was featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack. Both songs are from the band's fourth studio album Aqualung (1971).

These tracks will be available starting December 30, 2008, for the Xbox_360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and January 8, 2008, for PLAYSTATION®3...
 

Rock Band 2 for PS2 & Nintendo Wii Ships on December 18, 2008

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279w ago - Courtesy of Harmonix Developer HMXHenry via their site linked above:

Press Release: MTV Games, Harmonix and Electronic Arts Ship Rock Band® 2 For Wii™ and PlayStation®2 System Nationwide December 18, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, MA - December 12, 2008 - Harmonix, the world's premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Rock Band® 2 for the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system will ship to stores nationwide December 18, 2008.

Rock Band 2 Shipping and Pricing Information:
December 18, 2008 (Available in stores 5-7 days after the ship date)

* Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (Wii) $49.99 MSRP
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PlayStation 2 System) $49.99 MSRP
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (Wii) $89.99 MSRP
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (Wii) $69.99 MSRP
* Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Wii) $189.99 MSRP

* Rock Band 2 Standalone Instruments for PS2 / PS3 systems are already available.

Rock Band 2 for the Wii system, developed by Pi Studios under the direction of Harmonix, will be fully featured with online...
 

Ship Dates Announced for Rock Band 2, Hits PS3 on October 19th

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287w ago - Rock Band 2 was released on the XBox 360 on September 14, 2008 with an exclusive launch window in North America. Today it was announced that Rock Band 2 for the PS3 will be available on October 19, 2008.

In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PS2 and Wii will ship in December 2008. The Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the XBox 360 will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.

Press Release: MTV Games, Harmonix and Electronic Arts Announce Ship Dates for Rock Band® 2 Coming to PLAYSTATION®3 System, PlayStation®2 System and WiiTM

Harmonix, the world's premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Rock Band® 2 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will be available on October 19, 2008. In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo will ship in December 2008.

In addition, the Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.

Rock Band 2 Shipping and Pricing Information:

October...
 

Rock Band Tracks will not be Offered as DLC in Rock Band 2

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289w ago - MTV Games has announced that songs from the first Rock Band game will not be available as downloadable content for Rock Band 2 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii) in the future.

Apparently, the reasons are capitalistic, as they plan to publish the first game "indefinitely." Considering that they had to relicense every song for use in Rock Band 2, this was a predictable move for them, but bad news for us.

A feature in Rock Band 2 will allow you to export the songs from the first game, but this would cost US$ 5. Still, you'd get 55 songs for only five bucks, and that's a good deal.

The only real reason you'd need to buy the original Rock Band if you have the sequel is to get the three songs that are non-transferable: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, "Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden, and "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath. It's a bit harsh for MTV Games to have us buy the whole game just for these three tracks though.
 

Rock Band Guitar Fix and Song Export Utility to Arrive Thrusday!

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292w ago - It only took a year... to quote hmxsean via RockBand Forums:

Hi Everyone: PS3 ROCK BAND DISC EXPORT TITLE UPDATE

First and foremost, we're happy to announce that PS3 users will soon be able to export RB1 songs to their system in advance of the launch of RB2! A PS3 patch will be coming out this Thursday, September 11th, which will allow RB1 song export, in addition to updating DLC to our RB2 standards (so you can continue to rock the newer content in RB1 if you so choose!)

This title update will also patch for the use of the Guitar Hero III Les Paul PS3 Controller with RB1 on the PS3. We're excited to release this, as controller compatibility is something we've been working towards for a long time.

This Rock Band 1 title update is set to come out next Thursday. As with the Xbox 360 Title Update, you will have to update Rock Band in order to play any DLC that is released after Thursday.

PAX PACK
This leads us to the PAX pack which was released yesterday on the PlayStation Store. Due to technical issues with the submission of "Livin on the Corner of Dude and Catastrophe" by MC Frontalot, users who downloaded that track or the entire pack found that they were not able to play this content in the game. Furthermore, downloading the pack meant that all 3 songs...
 







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