Rock Band 3 Details Emerge

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Posted on June 10, 2010, Ron Whitaker Rock Band 3 Details Emerge


We’ve been anxiously awaiting the details of Rock Band 3, both because we love the series, and because we want to know if the keytar rumor is real. Now the wait is over, as USA Today has blown the lid off Rock Band 3 in a big way.

First off, the keytar is out. Harmonix is adding a fully-functional,25-key MIDI keyboard. Players will have a full two-octave range to cover, and according to project director Daniel Sussman,

“Everything that you are playing, whether you are playing on easy or expert, is accurate musical information. The track looks like a real keyboard track, and you are playing notes on the keyboard that if you were to step away from the game and were to play on a real piano, they would be the right notes.”

Check out facts about new guitar controllers, revealed songs, and a USA Today video after the break.

Yeah, that’s right, new guitar controllers. But these aren’t your average plastic guitar simulators. One is a full-sized Fender Squier Stratocaster six string that uses sensors in the neck to determine where your fingers are on the strings. The other is from Mad Catz, and features a field of buttons on each fret, on a body modeled after a Fender Mustang Pro. In addition, you can expect a new drum kit with three cymbals added on.

All of these new instruments will interact with Pro Mode, which features more realistic notations much closer to real-world music. You’ll be able to play pro mode on your instrument, even if no one else in your band does.

Speaking of bands, you can grow yours up to seven people, all utilizing drop-in, drop-out gameplay. They’ll also be able to change instruments or difficulty settings without restarting the current song. It will be easier to find your songs as well, thanks to a new song filtering system. Harmonix senior designer Dan Teasdale describes it as, “a really cool way to take your full library down to a manageable list of songs. You can say, ‘only show me songs in Rock Band 3′ or ‘only songs under three minutes’ or ‘Eighties metal songs from my (downloadable) collection.’ ”

You can also expect a revamped story mode, newer, more customizable tours that can be finished in an evening instead of a week, and a whole range of achievement-like goals. Harmonix senior designer Sylvain Dubrofsky says of the changes, “If you ever had any aspirations of connecting with the music in a deeper way … you are really going to like Rock Band 3.”

Check out this list of songs that have been confirmed as well:

Combat Baby — Metric
Dead End Friends — Them Crooked Vultures
Get Free — The Vines
Lasso — Phoenix
Me Enamora — Juanes
Oh My God — Ida Maria
Portions of Foxes — Rilo Kiley
The Hardest Button to Button — The White Stripes

Been Caught Stealing — Jane’s Addiction
In the Meantime — Spacehog
Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
Walkin’ on the Sun — Smash Mouth

Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
Here I Go Again — Whitesnake
I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett
Just Like Heaven — The Cure
Rainbow in the Dark — Dio
The Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
Sister Christian — Night Ranger

Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
Break On Through — The Doors
Crosstown Traffic — Jimi Hendrix

All these additions and reveals are really getting me excited to get my hands on the game next week at E3. Stay tuned here, and we’ll let you know just how these changes play out.

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