Music Television, EA Partners and Harmonix have announced that they are developing a game which lets the gamers form their own rock band. The ingeniously named game, Rock Band, will support peripherals such as guitar/bass, drum, and microphone and gives the player a chance to create a band with his friends. Rock Band is in development for Xbox 360 and PS3.
Rock Band features rock music from many different genres and decades. Thanks to Music Television, EMI Music, Hollywood Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group´s Universal Music Enterprises and Warner Music Group´s Rhino Entertainment have agreed to supply the game with their artist´s master recordings.
Harmonix was founded to create new ways for everyone to experience the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from playing music. Our work on Guitar Hero was an instrumental step toward that goal, stated Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix. But Rock Band is Harmonixs most ambitious project to date, and it will take music gameplay to an entirely new level. MTV has given us the freedom and the resources to really swing for the fences and make the game weve always wanted to make.
Our vision for Rock Band is to completely change the way people interact with and enjoy the music they love, said Jeff Yapp, EVP, MTV Program Enterprises. By joining forces with EA and the music industrys largest record labels and publishers, we are striving to create a groundbreaking new platform that allows people to connect with their favorite music and artists in ways they never have before.
Rock Band is distributed through EA Partners program and is scheduled to be released in holiday season 2007.