Rock Band 2 Announced
MTV Games and Electronic Arts Set to Rock the World Again With Rock Band™2
For the First Time Ever in a Music Videogame Compete Against Other Bands Online;
Export Music Tracks from Original Disc to Rock Band 2
Upgraded World Tour, Battle of the Bands, Set Challenges and Drum Trainer All
Deliver an Authentic, Optimized Experience
Soundtrack to Feature Over 100
Blend of Classic,
Developing and New Artists
Rock Band is the first music game to Support Open
Platform By Officially Licensing Third Party Rock Band 2 Instruments: Mad Catz
Premier Guitar Controllers, Cymbal Expansion Pack and Professional ION Alesis
Angeles, Calif. –
July 14, 2008
the world’s premier music video game development company, and
MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along
with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:
ERTS), today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit new features for
the next evolution of the groundbreaking music platform, Rock Band™
2. With the original Rock Band title providing millions
of players with a new way to interact with the music and artists they love,
Rock Band 2 builds upon its core band foundation to offer an
unparalleled, deeper, dynamic gameplay experience.
Rock Band 2
raises the bar in music gaming innovation with new features to rock the world:
and global online modes
to connect the entire Rock Band community
that offer rockers a chance to play through mini-campaigns focused on the
best songs by instrument, decade, genre, artist, album and more
of the Bands
mode challenges players to go head to head against other bands in constantly
refreshed contests* created by Harmonix (*internet connection required)
mode, now online, simplifies the best of gameplay from the original
Rock Band by fusing Solo Tour and Band World Tour modes and cranks
it up a notch with an all new collection of opportunity gigs, challenges,
cities, venues and hirable staff
easier than ever to get in and jam without
allowing for new prefab characters or customized characters that can play on any
instrument plus lets you make your own set lists and organize your
song lists in a variety of categories (genre, era, etc.)
Customizable Set Lists
keep the music rolling and your band rocking in Quickplay mode
players the fundamentals
of different beats and fills, translating gameplay into real drumming skills
your look with all new choices in clothing, accessories, tattoos, hairstyles,
instruments and more to keep your unique rock avatar playing the full rock part
with all Rock Band downloadable music content released to date
Feature gives owners of the original Rock Band the ability to
export most of the Rock Band disc tracks and upgrade them into
Rock Band 2 gameplay--the first time ever in
the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date including:
Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs -
with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be
made available for free download this fall .
Unrivaled Blend of Classic, Developing and Emerging rock acts
Metallica, Allman Brothers, Motorhead, Devo, Jane's Addiction, Megadeth, Paramore,
Rock Band 2
is the first and only video game to feature the music of AC/DC. It includes
their epic rock anthem, "Let There Be Rock”
After 14 years since Guns N’ Roses last official music release, Axl Rose
selects Rock Band 2 to debut official new track,
“Shackler’s Revenge” from the highly-anticipated album
the first time ever, music from American music icon, Bob Dylan, is featured
in a video game with “Tangled Up In Blue”
ongoing weekly DLC releases including individual tracks, track packs and
full albums, the Rock Band music library will feature more
than 500 songs by year’s end!
From the solid
officially licensed Rock Band 2 instruments to the expanded third
party options, Rock Band 2 introduces new and improved choices
that promise to deliver unsurpassed realism. In addition, Harmonix and MTV Games
have become the first companies to officially support third party instruments
and accessories in a music videogame.
ultimate stardom with the upgraded functionality and smooth new look of the
official Rock Band 2 instruments.
Fender Stratocaster Controller
takes on a new authentic look plus adds a reinforced strum bar, quieter buttons,
wireless functionality and a built in calibration tool that automatically sets
your AV setup to an ideal setting for maximum rock.
goes wireless while also
featuring quieter, velocity sensitive drum pads and a metal reinforced pedal.
showcases authentic styling and weight.
Kick up the
intensity with officially licensed third party instruments from Mad Catz:
buttons with lower action to help you shred faster than ever.
the first bass guitar controller ever, takes the shape of the Fender P-Bass with
extended length, tuning pegs and a split strum bar to replicate finger-bass
Squire Stratocaster Guitar Controller
multiplies the authentic guitar experience by featuring a controller built into
an actual Squire Stratocaster body.
is a straightforward but amazing upgrade to the Rock Band 2 drum
set featuring add-on cymbals.
Band 2 instrument authenticity to a whole new level with a high-end
peripheral from ION:
a real electronic drum kit that functions as a game controller, brings the
Rock Band fantasy to life featuring a simple substitution that takes
the drum kit from a controller to a real instrument.
Rock Band 2
will make its debut on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft this September and have an exclusive launch window in North America.
Rock Band 2 will be available for additional platforms later this
year. Rock Band 2 will be available for the PLAYSTATION® 3 and
PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment systems and Wii™ later this year.
As previously revealed today,
will ship with an exclusive launch window on the Xbox™ 360™ videogame and
entertainment system from Microsoft in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and
Benelux July 24th, and on other platforms this Fall.
The Rock Band online
music store recently surpassed 16 million paid downloads since the game’s launch
in late November 2007.
With more than 200 tracks
available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at
the massive Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and
purchase downloadable individual music tracks, packs and albums from the vast
selection of offerings available as they build their own custom Rock Band
is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB.
information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit