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Demiurge, not Harmonix, to make Green Day: Rock Band

Last week, we heard that Green Day: Rock Band would not be the only title in the franchise this year. Now we know why: Harmonix aren’t making it, and are presumably busy with some other project.

They’ve given the work of developing the title to fellow Cambridge, Massachusetts studio Demiurge Studios, known for porting Mass Effect to PC. Other Demiurge works include the Rock Band track packs and creating the arena mode in Borderlands.

Other details about the title are still mainly a mystery, but two things are clear: the release date is currently sometime this year, and “American Idiot” is a playable track.

[The Spoony Blog via Eurogamer]

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Spike VGA surprises: Arkham Asylum 2, Green Day: Rock Band, Force Unleashed 2, True Crime

One of the most celebrated new series of the year now has a sequel, with Rocksteady and WB Games’ Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 (working title) now confirmed through a teaser trailer, which frankly doesn’t reveal much. The official website has launched, with roughly the same amount of information.

Green Day: Rock Band was another premiere for the night. Following the Beatles with Green Day is …well, kind of an odd choice, but the band IS exceedingly popular. This suggests that Rock Band 3 really is a long way away, and that Harmonix are now leaning towards the route of more physical releases instead of working on DLC, perhaps depending on Rock Band Network for DLC creation instead.

Another surprise comes in the form of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. Details are again hazy, but we know from the website that it will be “Unleashed 2010”, presumably at least for PS3 and 360.

The True Crime franchise will be revitalised with a new title… named True Crime. (Apparently without a subtitle.) Since the first title was released in 2003, and the second in 2005, it’s been a long time coming. Set in an Asian city, the game features the Triads. No platforms were explicitly discussed, but expect it on PS3 and 360.

Rubber Soul DLC out next week for The Beatles: Rock Band

From December 15th onwards (depending on region), The Beatles’ album Rubber Soul will be available for download on all three platforms. It is currently planned to be the last piece of DLC for The Beatles: Rock Band, concluding a trilogy of album releases which started with Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

All tracks can be purchased individually for $1.99 US / 160 MSP / 200 Wii Points, and the “Complete the Album” pack is available on the PSN and Live for $13.49 USD / 1440 MSP. The pack includes the 11 tracks previously missing from the game: (The other 3 are “Drive My Car”, “I’m Looking Through You”, and “If I Needed Someone”.)

• “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”
• “You Won’t See Me”
• “Nowhere Man”
• “Think For Yourself”
• “The Word”
• “Michelle”
• “What Goes On”
• “Girl”
• “In My Life”
• “Wait”
• “Run For Your Life”

The trailer for the album pack is available for viewing here. (MOV file.)

[Rock Band Forums via @TheBeatlesRB]

LEGO Rock Band track list revealed, allows exports, plays most RB DLC

Lego Rock Band

According to this post at Evil Avatar (and the included press release), the full, 45-track line-up of LEGO Rock Band songs has been revealed. The track list (curiously the same length as that of The Beatles: Rock Band‘s) is “filled with chart-topping songs and classic favourites suitable for family members of all ages”. The Nintendo DS version includes only 25 of these tracks.

The press release also confirms that all DLC for the Rock Band platform (almost certainly excluding The Beatles: Rock Band) is LEGO-compatible if it is identified to be suitable for all ages. LEGO Rock Band tracks are exportable to Rock Band 2 using the same system as the Rock Band export system; by using the key in the manual and paying the $9.99 / 800 MSP fee. The full track list follows after the jump.

[via Evil Avatar]

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Lego Rock Band features Lego David Bowie

LegoBowie

While I can honestly say I’ve never really cared about musicians making “special appearances” in music games (unless it has made for hilarity), something about seeing musicians in Lego form is entertaining to me. David Bowie joins Iggy Pop in the cast of Lego rockers, which would suggest that more are to be revealed before Lego Rock Band’s release in early November.

Bowie’s hit song Let’s Dance is featured, with the man himself appearing with his band in a venue styled after the song’s video. (So, an Aussie outback pub? Awesome.) The song is one of many classics in the family-friendly lineup, including Crocodile Rock, the Ghostbusters theme, I Want You Back, Kung Fu Fighting, and two seminal Queen tracks, We Are The Champions and We Will Rock You.

While it’s not quite Rock Band: David Bowie – which would be awesome, given the fun Harmonix could have with his many character designs (Ziggy Stardust, and so on) and the quality and quantity of his catalogue – it’s a start.

[USAToday via RockBandAide]

Rock Band Network Brings Music From Anyone, Segregates Market

Harmonix and MTV have announced the Rock Band Network, which will allow any artist to add their songs to Rock Band using the same tools Harmonix uses. This offers opportunities for both artists and players, as Rock Band can be used as another distribution channel for both upcoming and established artists, and because players will have a near endless supply of new content to play.

It seems like the logical next step for music games and reinforces previous statements that Rock Band 2 was to be considered a music platform. A closed beta will begin in late July, and the store itself will be open later this year, a period in which Rock Band should pick up a great deal of momentum from The Beatles: Rock Band and LEGO Rock Band.

To create and publish their songs on Rock Band, artists have to pay $99US/year to pay for an XNA Creators Club Premium account, and download Reaper Digital Workstation along with Harmonix’s free plugins in order to place the notes that gamers will be playing. A peer review system will rate each track’s quality in terms of playability and will check for profanity. Continue reading