Nov 15, 2007
Harmonix and EA have detailed their ambitious plans for Rock Band downloadable content, which will kick into action from the week of its North American release (that's the one in seven days).
Taking pointers from the complaints surrounding Guitar Hero's pricey three-song packs, EA has opted to allow gamers to purchase individual tracks for Rock Band, as well as proving the three-packs for 440 Microsoft points (%26pound;3.74 or $5.50) on Live.
Individual songs will cost anything from 80 Microsoft points (%26pound;0.68 or $1) to 240 Microsoft points (%26pound;2.04 or $3). Not bad.
The publisher didn't mention when full albums will be available for purchase, or indeed which one's are lined up, but we're sure we'll be a bit wiser once the game rolls up for European release next year.
The opening week in North America will see track packs from Metallica, The Police, and Queens of the Stone Age and individual songs from Revival, Foreigner, T-Rex, and more.
Downloaded tracks will work in all of Rock Band's game modes - including online modes if all players have the song. Here's the full North American schedule:
Week of November 20, 2007:
"Ride the Lightning"--Metallica
"And Justice for All"--Metallica
The Police Pack
"Can't Stand Losing You"--The Police
"Synchronicity II"--The Police
Queens of the Stone Age Pack
"3's and 7's"--Queens of the Stone Age
"Little Sister"--Queens of the Stone Age
"Sick Sick Sick"--Queens of the Stone Age
"Fortunate Son" as made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Juke Box Hero" as made famous by Foreigner
"Bang a Gong (Get It On)" as made famous by T-Rex
"My Sharona" as made famous by The Knack
"Cherry Bomb" as made famous by The Runaways
"Joker %26amp; The Thief"--Wolfmother
Week of November 27, 2007
David Bowie Pack
"Moonage Daydream"--David Bowie
"Heroes" as made famous by David Bowie
"Queen Bitch" as made famous by David Bowie
Week of December 4, 2007
Black Sabbath Pack
"N.I.B." as made famous by Black Sabbath
"Sweet Leaf" as made famous by Black Sabbath
"War Pigs" as made famous by Black Sabbath
Week of December 11, 2007
"I Fought the Law"--The Clash
"Ever Fallen In Love" as made famous by Buzzcocks
Week of December 18, 2007
"My Iron Lung"--Radiohead
"Brass in Pocket" as made famous by Pretenders