Standalone Rock Band Instruments Coming to U.S. Retail Stores

January 24, 2008

Standalone Rock Band Instruments Coming to
U.S. Retail Stores

Music Fans and Gamers Prepare to Expand the
Band, Rock the World

Harmonix and MTV Games along with distribution
partner Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that individual instrument
peripherals for Rock Band will start shipping to U.S. store shelves beginning on
February 12th.

“The release of standalone instruments allows
Rock Band musicians to enjoy the full Rock Band experience, including drum,
microphone and guitar head-to-head modes, creating a whole new level of
competitive fun,” said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder, Harmonix. “We’re also
delivering a stand-alone wireless guitar solution for all versions of Rock Band
as well as providing the opportunity for consumers to build their band one
instrument at a time.”

With standalone instrument peripherals being made
available, players have the opportunity to expand the full Rock Band experience
by competing in challenging play modes such as Microphone vs. Microphone, Drum
vs. Drum and Guitar vs. Guitar. With instrument “versus” modes, gamers can
battle against each other in “Score Duel” mode for the high score or in the
challenging “Tug-O-War” mode, where giving the best performance is key. These
exciting “versus” modes can be played locally or online and work with all Rock
Band downloaded song tracks. In order to play downloadable content for
head-to-head matches all players must own the same downloadable track. In
addition, gamers can buy a new wireless standalone guitar to round out their
Rock Band Special Edition Bundle or choose to build their band piece by piece
through the purchase of individual software and instruments.

Rock Band Instrument Release Dates/Pricing:

  • Rock Band Drum Kit (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3,
    PlayStation 2) $79.99 MSRP; February 12, 2008
  • Rock Band Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar
    Controller (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system*) $59.99 MSRP;
    April 1, 2008

Standalone Rock Band game software is currently
available, as well as the Rock Band Special Edition Bundle featuring a Fender
Stratocaster guitar controller, an electronic drum kit, real drum sticks, a
microphone and software. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 system bundles also come
with a USB hub for easy plug-in access for all instruments.

Rock Band is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, mild
suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

Electronic Arts is the exclusive distribution and
marketing partner for Rock Band.

For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix
Music Systems, please visit

* Note: The Rock Band PlayStation guitar and
drums work for both PlayStation 2 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems.