Posted on May 26, 2009,

Rock Band Unplugged Makes Tracks for Stores

Rock Band officially goes on the road as Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP hits stores in North America and Europe today. Unplugged packs the best features of the full game into the palm of your hand including Character Creation, Warm Up, Band Survival and World Tour with the PSP wifi function. The game lets your fingers do your strumming for the guitar or bass. You can also finger bang the rhythm to your favorite tracks. I’m not sure how the finger as your peripheral works with vocals, but you can still play that role if you want.

Gamers in North America who haven’t had sufficient incentive to pick up a PSP yet can get a Limited Edition Rock Band PSP Entertainment Pack. It comes with Rock Band Unplugged, A ‘piano black’ PSP and a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo. The US version includes permission for a free download of the School of Rock. I found the movie hilarious and loved the Gene Simmons reality series it inspired but your mileage may vary.
Details on pricing for specific regions follow the break.

Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), announced that Rock Band Unplugged™ for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system ships to stores in North America and Europe today!

Developed by Harmonix in partnership with Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio, Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of players’ hands by combining traditional beatmatch gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band™ and Rock Band™2. The hands are the “peripherals” in Rock Band Unplugged allowing players to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition, players can capture a deep and interactive Rock Band experience by taking their band on the road in World Tour mode, practicing their chops in the Band Warmup Mode, or by taking on the most extreme musical challenge imaginable in Band Survival mode.

Rock Band Unplugged features 41 master recordings including nine songs new to the Rock Band music catalog that are exclusive to the PSP system for a limited time! Plus, Rock Band Unplugged features the first in-game store for downloadable content on the PSP system leveraging the PSP system’s wireless capabilities and powered by PlayStation®Network.

Rock Band Unplugged Pricing Information:

  • Rock Band Unplugged software (North America) MSRP $39.99
  • Rock Band Unplugged software (Continental Europe) MSRP €39.99
  • Rock Band Unplugged software (United Kingdom) MSRP £29.99
  • Limited Edition Rock Band PSP Entertainment Pack (North America) MSRP $199.99

The limited edition Rock Band PSP Entertainment Pack from Sony Computer Entertainment America includes the game, a “Piano Black” PSP system, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™, and, in the United States only,a voucher to download Paramount Pictures’ School of Rock from PlayStation®Store. The Rock Band PSP Entertainment Pack will be available in North America only.

Rock Band Unplugged is rated “T” for Teen with descriptors of Lyrics and Suggestive Themes by the ESRB. Rock Band Unplugged is rated PEGI 12+.Please visit www.pegi.info for rating information.

For more information on Rock Band Unplugged and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com/unplugged and www.harmonixmusic.com.

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