Press release: Euro PS3/PS2/Wii release of RB1, price cut on 360 edition

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edited September 2008 in Rock Band
Found this on http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/rock-band-instrument-edition-reduced-to--euro-139-99--109-99-in-europe--shipping-this-week-in-the-uk--and-later-this-month-elsewhere --
Rock Band

Press Release PROVIDED BY GAMES PRESS

– Rock Band™ continues its European invasion as Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced a European price cut for the Rock Band Instrument Edition on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. In addition, Rock Band for the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems and Wii™ will ship to retail and will be available in the UK the week of September 8th, in France the week of September 15th, in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg the week of September 22nd and in Spain the week commencing September 29th. The Instrument Edition of Rock Band will retail for €139.99 in Europe and £109.99 in the United Kingdom for the Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 system, PlayStation®2 system and Wii™.

Rock Band is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune, mastering lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. With more master recordings than any other music game, Rock Band features some of the world’s biggest rock artists and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk.

In addition to the 58 tracks from the North American release, Rock Band will feature nine additional tracks including:

• Blur “Beetlebum” (English)*

• Oasis “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (English)

• Tokio Hotel “Monsoon” (English)

• Muse “Hysteria” (English)

• Les Wampas “Manu Chao” (French)

• Playmo “New Wave” (French)

• Die Toten Hosen “Hier Kommt Alex” (German)

• Juli “Perfekte Welle” (German)

• H-Block X “Countdown to Insanity” (German)

(*cover song)

In addition, Rock Band’s unprecedented library of more than 200 songs available for purchase and download to date in North America is now available in Europe for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION 3 system. All new Rock Band downloadable content will be available simultaneously in the US and Europe on a weekly basis. For a complete list of Rock Band songs available for purchase to date, please go to http://www.rockband.com/dlc.

Since its North American release in 2007, Rock Band has garnered more than 40 awards including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007 and three awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.

Rock Band is rated 12+ by PEGI.

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

Developed by Harmonix, MTV Games is the publisher of Rock Band. EA is the exclusive distribution partner for Rock Band.

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MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.


MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.


Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit: www.harmonixmusic.com.


Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS FreestyleTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2008, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.67 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press.

Harmonix, Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., an MTV Networks company. Rock Band and Rock Band 2 developed by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. MTV: Music Television, MTV Games and all related titles and logos are trademarks of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS Freestyle and POGO are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Microsoft, Xbox, and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. "PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION" and "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Haven't seen the full press release anywhere else on the site yet, so here you guys go.

Comments

  • kevuwkkevuwk Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    i knew i should of waited for a price drop, too bad my hard earned cash is already lining the pockets of the shareholders
  • edited September 2008
    Still no mention of Australia/New Zealand...
  • S1ckH4ndsS1ckH4nds YouTube Guru
    edited September 2008
    sa_nick;1193240 said:
    Still no mention of Australia/New Zealand...
    Yes, I noticed that as well. Must be frustrating for your fellow countrymen. :(
  • OzzyOzzy Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    Pretty massive price drop....

    Too late for me as I spent extra money to import it with the months and months (and months) of zero info on PS3 release.

    But it's good for everyone else I guess.

    But I don't think it's going to help much, Guitar Hero is obviously going to outsell compared to RB1/2 over here by a huge margin, because it's been the brand people know, and it's always been affordable.

    This may make me think about waiting for info on a RB2 Euro release, rather than importing later this year. But dunno...probably not :P
  • kevuwkkevuwk Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    Ozzy;1193246 said:
    This may make me think about waiting for info on a RB2 Euro release, rather than importing later this year. But dunno...probably not :P
    i would be happy if they came out and said that it will be in europe by the end of 2008, but i'm currently sat around waiting for someone to get their hands on a copy and tell the world whether it is region free or not for the 360 (i bet not but i hope so)
  • Weeksy77Weeksy77 Rising Star
    edited September 2008
    sa_nick;1193240 said:
    Still no mention of Australia/New Zealand...
    EA Australia are apparently making their announcement at some point this week. Bugger all chance I'll be buying it at this point though, not with "RB 2" a little over a month away for me on import.
  • princeofcups777princeofcups777 Rising Star
    edited September 2008
    Now we know what they are doing with all the RB1 stock still in the warehouse. Assuming that they are getting the RB1 drums, will anyone buy the full set? It makes more sense to buy the disk, and then import some RB2 drums, or an Ion set.
  • xDaniel269xxDaniel269x Rising Star
    edited September 2008
    Pretty pointless probably good for those that want it still but I have mine already. How about our release of RB2? RB1 is pretty much pointless soon. I still got my whole set and game for 132.98 from play. Does not make much difference unless play can decrease the value of the instruments to £80. Then that just makes standalone instruments pointless at the high £69.99
  • S1ckH4ndsS1ckH4nds YouTube Guru
    edited September 2008
    It is kind of surprising that certain territories won't be getting RB1 until after the 360 release of RB2 here in the States. That makes no sense to me. Why not a double pack?
  • Weeksy77Weeksy77 Rising Star
    edited September 2008
    S1ckH4nds;1193673 said:
    It is kind of surprising that certain territories won't be getting RB1 until after the 360 release of RB2 here in the States. That makes no sense to me. Why not a double pack?
    Because they've got a whole bunch of old peripherals to burn through all of a sudden - funny how this is all coming so quickly on the heels of "GH:WT" pricing & availability, isn't it?.
  • deadman1x2deadman1x2 Unsigned
    edited September 2008
  • edited September 2008
    Well, I guess we'll find out if Euro dlc is compatible with US discs this week (and vice versa, possibly).
  • Weeksy77Weeksy77 Rising Star
    edited September 2008
    Der_Lex;1193713 said:
    Well, I guess we'll find out if Euro dlc is compatible with US discs this week (and vice versa, possibly).
    Hopefully.
  • OzzyOzzy Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    Didn't realise this before...

    So wait is the price cut for just the instruments together or is it a bundle of game + instruments??

    Cos if its just the instruments, then that's actually pretty bad. Even when it came out, play.com already sold the instruments at £99, altho the recommended was 140 or something?

    I mean any price cut is good, but will this even effect store prices? (I imagine most got inline with online prices just to shift them so this recommeneded price is still going to be above what they sell at anyway).

    Game + Instruments @ £110 is good, and a price lots would probably buy at.
    Instruments @ £110 + game is still £150 for all, still pretty poor. (but better than 175 I guess, not that anywhere ever tried to sell them at that price)...
  • iapetusiapetus Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    Ozzy;1193956 said:
    Didn't realise this before...

    So wait is the price cut for just the instruments together or is it a bundle of game + instruments??

    Cos if its just the instruments, then that's actually pretty bad.
    Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

    Yup, just the instruments, meaning the price cut is a grand total of £20. But...
    Ozzy;1193956 said:
    I mean any price cut is good, but will this even effect store prices?
    Yes. It's already hit GAME's prices - previously they were selling the 360 version at full RRP of £180 for the whole set - now they're discounting both the game and instruments by £10, making the pricing pretty much sane.
    Ozzy;1193956 said:
    Instruments @ £110 + game is still £150 for all, still pretty poor. (but better than 175 I guess, not that anywhere ever tried to sell them at that price)...
    Um. As mentioned above, GAME (among others) sold at that price.
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