Want to play Rock Band 2 songs in Rock Band 3? It'll cost ya

It makes sense that you should be able to play songs you paid for when you bought Rock Band 2 in Rock Band 3. But should you have to pay again for the privilege? According to an interview with Harmonix's John Drake, the export feature that allowed gamers to save out tracks from Rock Band and play them in Rock Band 2  will return for the majority of songs (hopefully all, if licensing issues can be solved). For a small fee, as before.

On the plus side, this option will be available for all three console versions, so even Wii owners will be able to export tracks to an SD card and play them in the new game.

Above: It'll be interesting to see what the game does to songs that don't contain keyboard parts

There are ways to get around it if you don't feel like paying. Firstly, you could export the tracks from Rock Band 2 and then trade-in the disc version, keeping the songs on your hard drive (probably naughty, but that would cover the export cost). Or, if you don't want to pay to export Rock Band 2 songs out of principle, you could always just play Rock Band 2. Crazy idea, but it just might work.

John also suggested that DLC tracks that work with the all-new 'Pro Mode' may cost a little more due to the extra work that's needed to code them into the game. It's all sounding like a lot of microtransactions, but at least you're only paying for what you actually want. Just try not to want it all.

07 Sep, 2010

Source: Rockbandaide


  • XelaisPWN - September 10, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    Ugh, I fucking hate GamesRadar. "It'll be interesting to see what the game does to songs that don't contain keyboard parts" You can play guitar or bass on the keyboard.
  • Mamudo - September 7, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    No big deal, it's a licensing fee, just like for RB1-RB2. And it's just for songs on disc, not DLC.
  • Gorillaman23 - September 7, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Will this ever get old? I mean nobody was asking for a pro mode or keyboards. Really, Rock Band 3 should be the last Rock Band and Warriors of Rock should be the last Guitar Hero. Then they should continue providing songs via DLC. Really, I can understand that the addition of keyboards warrants a new game, even if it was unneeded, but the RB/GH formula is damn near perfect as it is. Just keep feeding me new music to play and I'll be happy. But I'm getting tragically off subject. I really don't understand why you should have to pay to export. I mean, you have all the songs already, why should you have to pay more for the convenience of having them all on one disk?
  • alecsputnik - September 7, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    what about all my rock band 1 songs? i want to put in one disc and play all of my songs. i really hope i'll be able to import all of my rock band 1 & 2 songs for less than 15 dollars. i understand there being licensing fees and the such, but come on, i have already paid for these songs before. what's the difference???
  • Anduin1 - September 7, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    still surprised people will continue feeding these guys that much money, I personally never got into this fad but have enjoyed watching people play these silly games. Makes sense for them to charge since they still have to pay, why wouldn't they just transfer that cost onto the consumer. Smart business move honestly, especially with the countless amount of people who will willingly fork over more and more $$$. headone practices
  • copedude - September 7, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    I'd like to point out that this happened with transpoting rock band 1 songs to rock band 2, as well and if I recall correctly everyone was just so happy that they could keep their old songs they didnt care what it costed, just saying
  • hester2 - September 7, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    I have no problem with the fee. I'm sure there are a lot of people who are going to do exactly what I did when I imported the original RB songs: rent RB2 with Gamefly, pay the fee, import the songs, return the game. That's getting God knows how many songs for what will more than likely be about $5.
  • jpalz - September 7, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    This doesn't surprise me at all.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 7, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    you missed on gh 57, it was the best until 58 came out
  • Redeater - September 7, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    Wow I can't believe that people are still playing these! I had my fill after RB2 and Guitar Heroe 56 came out.
  • AxiamWolfe - September 7, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    "so even Wii owners will be able to export tracks to an SD card and play them in the new game." Shit, I need to go buy myself some SD cards now.
  • JornnyRamone - September 7, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    @YoshiMan10 - You can import the songs, but they still play in classic Rockband style. No mention of Pro Mode being applied here. Pro will only be enabled for RB3 songs and future RB3 DLC where specified, and in terms of price too!
  • Crabhand - September 7, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    It's not like this comes as a surprise to anyone who has been seriously playing and following Rock Band since it's release. The fee is completely warranted to cover Harmonix and MTV Games for the additional licensing fee, and even then it likely only helps to recoup some of the losses. Keep in mind this game goes beyond just the gaming industry, the music industry has been playing this tug and pull for decades now. I would only start calling foul if it cost more than $10 (and even then I would still grudgingly pay).
  • YoshiMan10 - September 7, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Wait, am I missing something here? I didn't know RB2 songs would work on the Pro difficulty in RB3.. I thought they would've just been the songs themselves as they were on the second game.
  • bamb0o-stick - September 7, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Exporting your Mass Effect 2 saves isn't the same thing as this scenario. Game developers have to pay for the rights for every song they put into their games, including sequels. That is why I can understand if they want to charge a little extra. Also, they didn't say they can't export your songs, just not all of them. Rock Band 1 allowed you to export all but five songs from the original into RB2. I can understand how it might get tricky for them to export ALL the songs since the new guitar (and difficulty) is completely different. It involves extra work into coding all the notes and have it correspond to the guitar keys. If the songs don't have a keytar I don't see why they don't just leave it out for that song entirely.
  • JornnyRamone - September 7, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    @JayBeat - Mass Effect is a continuing story from Bioware. Rockband is a music game using licensed music. In order to use the songs from RB2, Harmonix have to pay to update the licenses. Bioware don't have to do such a thing. Love both games, I'm not being biased! :D
  • JayBeat - September 7, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Ugh. If mass effect can bring in save data from a different game there is no reason the RB3 can't.

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