Harmonix, the developers of the hit game Guitar Hero, together with MTV and renowned game developer Electronic Arts, has announced a new platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music and themselves. This new platform called Rock Band is scheduled to release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles in December 2007.
Rock Band will allow gamers to perform music along with their friends as a virtual band using instruments such as drums, lead guitars, bass guitar, and microphone peripherals. Besides, gamers and music fans can also connect to others who are online at the same time.
It is guaranteed that gamers will be provided with awesome taste in music, as leading music publishers, EMI Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music are lending access to their catalogues of great songs for use in Rock Band. Other record labels such as Hollywood Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Enterprises and Rhino Entertainment will also supply master recordings.
According to Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix, “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. 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.”