Rock Band 2 details revealed, new guitar shown

Via a chat with IGN Harmonix has revealed first solid details on Rock Band 2. They comment that in the US the game will hit the Xbox 360 this September and a PS3 version will follow on its tail later in the year. No announcement of a Euro release was mentioned, but the original has only hit Euro shores less than a month ago, so we should not be too annoyed.

One of the more interesting revelations to come from the interview is that the sequel will indeed be compatible with the instruments of the original, thus meaning you wont have to upgrade to a brand new set to play the game. Dan Teasdale of Harmonix did however reveal that people who do choose to upgrade will get “quieter, more realistic, and more reliable instruments.”

Teasdale also went on to talk about DLC, and if the two games will share downloadable content. Apparently, there will be no difference in the content, and any stuff you downloaded for the first game will be instantly playable in the second game. It is also believed that all content that will come out in the future, even after the release of RB2 will also be playable with RB1.

We’ve been developing Rock Band as a music platform from the start. All of the songs that you’ve purchased so far (and will be able to purchase in the future) are instantly playable and fully supported in Rock Band 2. We’ve even added some cool new features that let you play your DLC in different ways, which I think people will be very excited to get their hands on,” he comments.

As far as Harmonix is concerned, there’s no difference between “Rock Band 1 DLC” and “Rock Band 2 DLC” – we’re just releasing awesome songs every week onto the Rock Band platform, all of which are playable by the Rock Band titles that support DLC,” he concludes.

So, with all the good new why even take the step to get RB2? Well, according to Teasdale it is all about innovation. “At Harmonix, we have a very clear method for making games – we innovate, then we perfect. With Rock Band, we innovated by being the first full band game that you can play in your living room or online,” he says “Rock Band 2 takes all the lessons we’ve learned from making a multi-instrument music game, addresses them, then adds some amazing new ways for you to experience your music library that have never been seen in a music game before