The long-awaited announcement of Rock Band 2 just came today, and it sounds like everything we hoped for. The most important piece of news is that all Rock Band (1) DLC will work with the new game, and new DLC will work with both games. They also say there will be a new way to play the old DLC too, whatever that means. This is some fairly innovative technology, people.
The most surprising announcement was that Rock Band 2 will be released earlier on XBox 360 than on PS3 and the other consoles. They said that the 360 version will hit in September, around the release of Guitar Hero 4, and the rest before the end of the year. Thank God I’ve got the 360 game.
They also said there will be a new package for new players and those who have destroyed their instruments, with quieter, more realistic and more reliable instruments. I’m sure that would be nice, but I’ve already got what I need.
As far as innovation, Harmonix is waiting until E3 to reveal any other information. World Tour will be imporved, specifically random setlists, but they haven’t said much else. They also talked about improvements to gameplay for people who want to sing and play guitar. But we’ll have to wait a couple weeks for much else.
No artists have been revealed, but AC/DC was heavily hinted at. In an IGN article, it was announced that from this list, one or more of these bands will be in the game:
- Agent Orange
- The Beatles
- Built to Spill
- The Buzzcocks
- Led Zeppelin
- Modest Mouse
- The Replacements