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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]


Announced Rock Band 2 PS3 patch fixes HOPO, adds RBN

Rock Band 2 Lead Designer, Dan Teasdale, today announced a long-coming patch for the PS3 release of the title.

The patch notably includes a fix for chord HOPOs (hammer-ons/pull-offs) which brings them up to par with their implementation in The Beatles: Rock Band, as well as the inclusion of the Rock Band Network Store. Unfortunately for PS3 owners, the store will still only feature a selection of the songs available over at the Xbox 360 RBN Store.

The patch also allows the use of wireless SingStar microphones, supports drum velocity sensitivity for ION drum kits (for drum fills and Drum Freestyle), and adds the ability to Sort by Stars in the Song Select screen.

[PlayStation.Blog via RockBandAide]

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


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]

For A “Dying” Genre, Music Games Are Looking Pretty Good

A report in July showed a dramatic 49% drop in sales of music games – presumably due to the economy, a lack of new releases and the genre’s success in 2008. Some jumped on the “it’s just a fad” bandwagon, but with the upcoming end-of-year in gaming, it seems about time for a resurgence.

The most obvious and outstanding release in my mind is the impending The Beatles: Rock Band. Released on 09/09/09 alongside the remastered works of The Beatles, this game is likely to ride a fresh wave of Beatlemania. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting my pre-ordered copy. Averaging 90 at Metacritic, it is apparent from watching just one trailer that Harmonix has put a great deal of love and care into the game, going well and truly beyond any other game centric to one band. If the 45-song soundtrack isn’t enough for you, at least 3 albums (Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Rubber Soul) will be available as DLC, one each month. The major gameplay addition is the inclusion of three-part harmonies for the vocal lines. Continue reading

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