MTV has launched new music video game, the Rock Band in partnership with music-based games company Harmonix, and Electronic Arts as distribution partner. This new simulator game is targeted at young music fans.
Both the companies claim that the game enables players to introduce a band of their own and tour for fame and fortune while learning lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans a wide genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. The new game platform offers multiple instruments and selection of online and offline game modes with the ability to play as a band or individually.
In addition to the 58 songs available on the game disc, Harmonix and MTV Games claim to offer some new downloadable content for players, including multi-song packs, full albums, and individual tracks from some of the rock’s biggest artists.
The company has launched introductory bundle of the game is available at retail stores across America for the Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation3. It includes a Fender Stratocaster guitar controller, an electronic drum kit, real drum sticks, a microphone and software.
MTV announced that Rock Band will be released on the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system on December 18, 2007 in North America.
The game will be initially available for $170, which is nearly twice as expensive as ‘Guitar Hero 3’, a competing music video game developed by Harmonix and published by RedOctane for the PlayStation 2 video game console. Further, MTV targets to ship more than a million units of Rock Band in 2007 compared to Guitar Hero 3, which sold 1.4 million units in the first six days of its launch in October 2007.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates