Hey everyone! Harmonix unveiled the first details about Rock Band 3 that is scheduled to be released around the 2010 holiday season.
Rock Band 3 will have new modes including Pro Mode which will allow players to up their musical talents through a fully scalable gameplay option. This option will have a little something for everyone, no matter what instrument you love to play. How can you learn how to play like a real musician on Rock Band you ask? Well, this is where some brand new rockin’ equipment comes in. Harmonix is working with Mad Catz and Fender to bring you some truly kick ass instruments:
- “Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals.
- Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track.
- Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with either the new Fender™ Mustang™ PRO-Guitar™ simulated guitar controller from Mad Catz or the Rock Band 3 Squier® by Fender Stratocaster® Guitar Controller that is a real guitar/controller hybrid. The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller.”
That’s right, not only will we now have guitars that have real strings and a realistic drum set, but we are finally getting the long awaited KEYBOARD! Haven’t we all been dying to bring back that classic piece of ’80’s instrumental history, the keytar, back from the dead? Hell yes.
Harmonix is also revamping their party mode, allowing online friends persistent drop in/drop out abilities, a party shuffle, and difficulty selection from any screen. They are also hopping on the social networking bandwagon, making it possible to follow your friends’ progress over Twitter and Facebook.
If you haven’t figured it out already, Rock Band 3 will let you play with more friends than ever. You will play with a total of 7 band mates on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, solo vocal, and the 3 part harmonies that were introduced in The Beatles: Rock Band. No more waiting for your inebriated friend to finally give up the mic, just grab one of your own and get your rock on with 6 of your friends.
Hoarmonix has also redesigned the setlist menu for RB3, giving players the option to create setlists and save them. It will also come with a new filtering system that will help you find the songs you want and hide the ones you don’t, and a song recommendation system will suggest tracks from the colossal track library based on personal preference.
Now you can’t have a rockin’ setlist with out knowing what you could possibly put on it. RB3 will come with 83 new tracks, and will also support Rock Band and Rock Band 2 discs, downloaded songs, track packs, AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack, Lego Rock Band, and Green Day: Rock Band, as well as the entire library of DLC tracks that is projected to be at about 2,000 tracks by launch. Here is list of officially announced tracks so far for RB3:
- Metric, “Combat Baby”
- Rilo Kiley, “Portions for Foxes”
- Them Crooked Vultures, “Dead End Friends”
- The Vines, “Get Free”
- The White Stripes,
- “The Hardest Button to Button”
- Phoenix, “Lasso”
- da Maria, “Oh My God”
- Juanes, “Me Enamora”
- Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”
- Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the Sun”
- Spacehog, “In the Meantime”
- Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”
- Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark”
- Huey Lewis and the News, “The Power of Love”
- Joan Jett, “I Love Rock and Roll”
- Night Ranger, “Sister Christian”
- Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”
- The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
- Ozzy Osbourne, “Crazy Train”
- Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
- The Doors, “Break On Through”
And, as promised, the new trailer:
Blake and I will be touring MTV Games’ booth and demoing RB3, so keep checking in with me here at Lost In Reviews all next week during E3 for more Rock Band 3 updates and all the other new and cool stuff we’ll have coming at you from E3 2010!