EA To Publish ‘Rock Band’ For Xbox 360, Playstation 3

Electronic Arts has announced ‘Rock Band’ will be released this upcoming holiday season exclusively on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Taking a beat from their own successful ‘Guitar Hero’ series, developer Harmonix’s ‘Rock Band’ hopes to take the virtual musicians concept into an online arena. Using either using drum, bass/lead guitar or microphone peripherals, gamers will be able to team up with band members online via Xbox Live or the Playstation Network and perform songs from EMI Music, Hollywood Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s Universal Music Enterprises and Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment record labels.

The press release offers these additional quotes with insight into the game, “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 Harmonix’s 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 we’ve 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 industry’s 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 a revolutionary new way for gamers and music fans to experience music,” said David DeMartini, vice president and general manager of EA Partners. “The team at EA Partners is thrilled to help MTV and Harmonix launch this incredible game on the global stage and get it into the hands of gamers worldwide.”

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