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Rock Band 2 will be released before Christmas, but not later



Rock Band 2 will be released before Christmas, but not later


Last month we had the message that Rock Band 2 would probably be released in Europe in November, but that doesn’t seem to be true anymore.

However, yesterday an employee of an external public relations agency of Electronic Arts spoke up, saying that Rock Band 2 has to hit European stores before Christmas. When the EuroGamer.net website contacted Electronic Arts itself, they denied it. Later, the external PR agency also admitted that it was wrong and that no release date has been announced at the moment.

    “MTV, Harmonix and EA have not formally confirmed a UK release date for Rock Band 2,” we were told.

    A few minutes later, the authors of the original mail wrote to say: “The release date in Europe is still to be confirmed. We expect to be able to announce release shortly.” Whoops.

We wait impatiently, but it seems that Guitar Hero: World Tour has free rein in Europe.

Rock Band 2: The Opening Act is a game that transfers the musical boyhood dream in a virtual form to the next-gen consoles. The Rock Band games are being developed by Harmonix, a developer who pioneered the Guitar Hero series. The game can be played with four people who use controllers in the form of instruments (microphone, two guitars and a drum kit) to imitate music from major rock stars. The vast majority of the songs contain heavy rock, of course, but genres such as classic and country are also included.

Rock Band is not a game, Rock Band is a music platform. Rock Band 2: The Opening Act is therefore not a normal sequel, but an ‘update’ of the platform. New are a slicker interface for managing your band, a laundry list of new songs and a set of new plastic instruments to get out and about. But because it’s all part of one platform, you don’t have to buy new instruments, or re-purchase songs to play them with Rock Band 2. Everything will work together without any problems.

The new guitar is another Fender Stratocaster, but this time with a softer neck, a better strum bar and finer *****. The drum set is now sensitive to how hard you hit, your strokes are muffled and the pedal has been drastically improved. Both are now wireless, including for the Xbox 360.

Rock Band 2: The Opening Act is out on an undisclosed date for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PlayStation 2.