June 30, 2008
The Ultimate Music Game Is Back For An Encore
Harmonix, MTV Games and Electronic Arts
Unleash Rock Band 2 Entire Rock Band Downloadable Content Music Catalog
Compatible with Rock Band 2
More Music, Online Modes, Features Than Ever
Before With New and Improved Drum and Guitar Peripherals Rock Band Online Music
Store Passes 15 Million Paid Downloads Rock Band 2 Makes Exclusive Debut on Xbox
360 This September
Harmonix, the world’s premier music
video game company in the world, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks
(NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic
Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), are taking the groundbreaking music platform that
forever changed the face of music video games to the next level this September
with the release of Rock Band 2. With the original providing millions of players
a new way to interact with the music and artists they love, Rock Band 2 is the
next evolution of the franchise that redefined the standard for music games.
Rock Band is the groundbreaking
platform that allows music fans and gamers to interact with music like never
before – challenging players to put together a band and tour for fame and
fortune while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals.
Rock Band 2 builds upon its
foundation as the first music game to introduce co-operative band gameplay,
multiple instruments, a robust online multiplayer experience, an unrivaled
offering of downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely
new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features including:
Backwards compatibility with Rock
Band downloadable music content. All previously purchased tracks will
immediately load into your Rock Band 2 song list. No need to re-purchase or
re-download. The biggest and most diverse soundtrack ever featuring some of
rock’s most prolific acts, comprised entirely of master recordings. Major new
and dynamic online modes that will connect the entire Rock Band community in
more ways than ever before both locally and globally. More variety of instrument
choices than ever before with new and improved drum and guitar peripherals,
enhanced functionality and innovative new designs – all fully compatible with
the original Rock Band instruments. And much more.
"As successful as the original Rock
Band continues to be, we’ve now had the benefit of the last eight months to
listen to our fans’ requests and to build upon that foundation," said Alex
Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix. "Rock Band 2 is a second-generation
band game that will elevate the music game experience to the next level."
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.
“We expect Rock Band 2 to continue
to drive an amazing social music experience on Xbox 360, said David Hufford,
senior director, Xbox Product Management for the Interactive Entertainment
Business, Microsoft. “We look forward to supporting Rock Band 2 on Xbox 360 as
gamers continue to download hundreds of new music tracks from Xbox LIVE so they
and their friends can perform the rock music they love most.
More details regarding features and
music for Rock Band 2 will be revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit.
Rock Band, the first installment in the franchise, garnered more than 40 awards
including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007.
In addition, Harmonix and MTV Games
today announced that The Rock Band online music store recently surpassed 15
million paid downloads since the game’s launch in late November 2007. With more
than 200 tracks available to date via download purchase (complete list of tracks
http://www.rockband.com/dlc , 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 library.
Rock Band 2 is rated “T” for Teen
(lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.