Rock Band Gives Dreamers Hope

Rock Band Gives Dreamers Hope
PS3 and Xbox 360 are preparing gamers for the next generation and rock star hopefuls for the next best thing. Together Harmonix (developers of Guitar Hero), MTV and Electronic Arts will introduce the most interactive music video game to date with Rock Band.

In a nutshell, Rock Band will allow gamers to recreate the world’s largest rock artists with their friends using a four instrument-based video game controllers: two guitars, lead and bass, a drum kit and a microphone.

"Harmonix was founded to create new ways for everyone to experience the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from playing music. Our work on Guitar Hero was an instrumental step toward that goal," said Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix in a statement.

This game has been built with deals from the world’s largest record labels and music publishers. Featured music will span many genres, but focus more on rock music. It will include many of the master recordings from the biggest songs and artists of all time.

"Our vision for Rock Band is to completely change the way people interact with and enjoy the music they love," said Jeff Yapp, EVP, MTV Program Enterprises. "By joining forces with EA and the music industry's largest record labels and publishers, we are striving to create a groundbreaking new platform that allows people to connect with their favorite music and artists in ways they never have before."

The only setback for this riff-filled game is that it won’t be available to purchase until Christmas 2007. No price has been set by EA for Xbox 360 or PS3.