Harmonix, MTV Games “Reinvent” Music Games w/ Rock Band 3

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    Rock Band 3 Features Announced, including amazing soundtrack plus access to the most music available in any video game with more than 1,500 tracks and growing; new keyboard gameplay and three-part harmonies for up to seven players rocking together; Rock Band Pro Mode and much more!

    Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game developer and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) today announced features for Rock Band™3, the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform.

    Featuring an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

    The Most Music. Period.
    The Rock Band 3 disc soundtrack contains 83 of the best bands from around the world, including bands that have never appeared in a music game, as well as support for existing Rock Band tracks (Rock Band and Rock Band 2 discs, downloaded songs, track packs, AC/DC Live: Rock Band™ Track Pack, LEGO® Rock Band and Green Day: Rock Band™).

    Additionally, Rock Band 3 will give players immediate access to a music library approaching 2,000 songs by launch, with new content added regularly. Rock Band’s gigantic music selection dwarfs that of any other music game on the market.

    Announced Tracks:

    2000s:

    Metric, “Combat Baby”
    Rilo Kiley, “Portions for Foxes”
    Them Crooked Vultures, “Dead End Friends”
    The Vines, “Get Free”
    The White Stripes, “The Hardest Button to Button”
    Phoenix, “Lasso”
    Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
    Juanes, “Me Enamora”

    1990s:

    Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”
    Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”
    Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the Sun”
    Spacehog, “In the Meantime”

    1980s:

    Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark”
    Huey Lewis and the News, “The Power of Love”
    Joan Jett, “I Love Rock and Roll”
    Night Ranger, “Sister Christian”
    Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”
    The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
    Ozzy Osbourne, “Crazy Train”

    1970s:

    Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

    1960s:

    Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
    The Doors, “Break On Through”

    Redesigned Library for Better Music Management
    Rock Band 3 allows players to create and save setlists and share them with friends, both in-game and through RockBand.com. New song filters make it easier to find the types of songs fans want to play and hide the songs they don’t, while a built-in song recommendation system will suggest tracks from Rock Band’s colossal music library, based on personal fan preference.

    Expand the Band
    In addition to guitar, bass, drums and solo vocals, Rock Band 3 adds three-part vocal harmonies that were introduced with The Beatles™: Rock Band™ and, for the first time ever, a keyboard peripheral to the band. Up to seven players can rock together for the ultimate social gaming experience.

    Go Pro: Play Just for Fun or Rock for Real with Rock Band Pro
    Rock Band 3 empowers players to develop actual musical skills through the fun of fully scalable Rock Band Pro gameplay. Fans can dive in on Easy to try out basic skills and work their way up to Expert for real mastery. Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals. Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track. Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with either the new Fender™ Mustang™ PRO-Guitar™ simulated guitar controller from Mad Catz or the Rock Band 3 Squier® by Fender Stratocaster® Guitar Controller that is a real guitar/controller hybrid. The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller.

    Something for Everyone (New Gameplay Modes!)
    For the casual player, Rock Band 3 has great new party modes that allow fans to get rocking with friends quicker than ever, including party shuffle and persistent drop-in/drop-out and difficulty selection from any gameplay screen. For the serious player, the revamped Career Mode features 700+ goals and rewards and seamless leaderboard integration for an endlessly deep campaign experience. Rock Band 3 also adds a suite of social networking tools to the game so fans can engage friends and fellow rockers over Facebook, Twitter and more.
    Stratocaster Guitar Controller

    New Guitar/Controller Hybrid Breaks Down Barriers Between Simulation
    and Real Life Music Skills within Rock Band™3 Pro Mode

    Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced today, in partnership with Fender Musical Instruments Corp., a new guitar/controller hybrid for the highly anticipated Rock Band™3. The Rock Band 3 Squier® by Fender Stratocaster® Guitar Controller is a fully functional, full-sized, electric guitar with strings that also functions as a game controller for Rock Band 3’s innovative Pro mode gameplay. Its revolutionary technology will allow gamers and music lovers around the world to experience the immediate joy of playing guitar through the fun and accessibility of Rock Band gameplay.

    The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster uses technology built into the neck and fingerboard of the guitar to track finger positions in real time. The guitar also transmits strum data for the six individual strings, allowing the game to give feedback to players as they make the leap from rhythm game rocking to real world skills. Players can unplug from the fun of Rock Band 3 and plug directly into an amp to rock for real.

    Additional information on the Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster will be released over the coming months.

    WiiNintendo will have some hands-on video of the new game and the new instruments next week while we’re at E3!

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