Rock Band 3 Pro Guitar DLC to Cost $1 More

The folks at Harmonix have got the music gaming world all abuzz with the upcoming release of Rock Band 3 and its Pro Mode. We’ve been wondering whether existing DLC will be retrofitted for Pro Mode, as well as hoping that DLC prices won’t go up too much for new stuff that offers the feature.

In an effort to answer some of these questions, MTV Games‘ Paul DeGooyer gave an interview to IGN. There’s a lot of good info about Rock Band 3 and DLC.

First up, DLC prices won’t be going up if you don’t want Pro Mode. DLC will remain $1.99 per song, and will include Pro keyboards and drums. If you want to add Pro Guitar, you can purchase that track upgrade for $1.00 more. This is great news, because it means that people who don’t want Pro Mode won’t have to pay extra for the DLC they want.

DeGooyer also said that Harmonix plans to retrofit some old songs to add keyboards and Pro Mode support. You’ll have to buy those updates, but there’s currently no word on how mauch it will cost, or when it be available. When asked about pricing on these updates, DeGooyer said,

To be honest, we haven’t completely worked out exactly how we would be able to get it to market, in a way that recognizes people who have already purchased it, and thus be able to supply the updated file at a discount, which would be our preference.

Most exciting for me was the news about importing songs from previous versions of Rock Band. DeGooyer confirmed that any songs you have already imported from Rock Band 1 or LEGO Rock Band would be immediately recognized and available in Rock Band 3. They will also be offering an export key for Rock Band 2 songs for purchase. No word on pricing yet, but he did say that the key would be “a little bit more expensive,” than Rock Band’s export key.

All of this is great news for fans of the series. More instruments, more songs, retrofitted DLC, and exports for Rock Band 2 owners just confirms Harmonix’s place atop the music genre heap. Rock Band 3 will hit stores October 21, 2010.

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