Electronic Arts has announced that the company’s highly anticipated Rock Band title has been postponed in Europe until the first quarter of 2008, the publisher confirmed today at it’s press conference in Leipzig, Germany.
In addition, Alex Rigopolus, co-founder of developer Harmonix was able to divulge several new details on the forthcoming music simulation title, including the appearance of 10 new tracks that will be available to play from the start of the game. Elsewhere, he also confirmed that the European release would be localised for each territory, including downloadable content. A price for the title has yet to be announced.
Rock Band is the next logical and evolutionary step to the critically acclaimed Guitar Hero franchise, allowing gamers to chose to participate as not one, but three members of a rock group - lead guitarist, drummer or lead singer. The game presents an array of specialised accessories attributed for each role, such as a wireless microphone, drum kit and guitar. Similar to Guitar Hero, gamers must play their instruments in conjunction with the on-screen music notes to rack up their score in a number of single and multiplayer gameplay modes, including Solo Tour, Band World, Head-to-Head and Tutorial Modes. Online play has also been confirmed.
Despite the delay of its European counterpart today, Rock Band is still on track for a North American release this November. Stay tuned for more information as it breaks.