Rock Band games shipped 10 million times in total
Viacom, the parent company behind MTV and Harmonix, has announced that a total of ten million games from the Rock Band series have already been sold. This is despite the fact that the targets for the fourth quarter of last year were not met. Still, in 2008, the game would have been the most profitable product of the entire games industry.
- “The soft retail environment that took hold in the fourth quarter impacted sales of our consumer products, including Rock Band,”
“However, the franchise has had great success so far, ranking as the #1 game title of 2008 by revenue across all genres with more than ten million units shipped worldwide since launch.”
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 has already been released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii.