Rock Band 2 Shipping Date Announced
To feature Stand-alone package and Special Edition bundle.
CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 16, 2008 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Rock Band® 2 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will be available on October 19, 2008. In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo will ship in December 2008.
In addition, the Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.
Rock Band 2 Shipping and Pricing Information:
October 19, 2008
* Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system) $189.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PLAYSTATION 3 system) $59.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems) $89.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems) $69.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PlayStation 2 system) $49.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (Wii) $49.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (Wii) $89.99
* Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (Wii) $69.99
* Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Wii) $189.99
Rock Band 2 for Wii, developed by Pi Studios under the direction of Harmonix, will be fully featured with online modes including World Tour and Battle of the Bands, an innovative character creator, weekly downloadable content and more! With more than 100 songs  on the Rock Band 2 Wii soundtrack and an additional 30 downloadable tracks  available for purchase at launch, Rock Band 2 Wii owners will have access to the most impressive music catalogue for a music-based videogame on the console. In addition, fans can expect a roll-out of the current downloadable content offering every week until the entire back catalogue is available.
In addition, Rock Band 2 owners (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Wii) will have the ability to export their in-game band avatars to RockBand.com to use as profile images as well as order custom Rock Band merchandise including apparel and figurines.
Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360 was released on September 14, 2008, and has received numerous editor’s choice awards and a combined metacritic score of 93. Rock Band 2 has revolutionized music gaming with the ability to export most of the songs from the original Rock Band disc , Online World Tour, daily Battle-Of-The-Bands Tournaments, Auto-Calibration to eliminate TV lag, wireless drums, quieter, velocity sensitive drum heads, support for up to three cymbals (sold separately), No Fail Mode, and a real Drum Trainer.
Rock Band 2 features the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date including over 100 songs  on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack with an unrivaled blend of classic and new artists including AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Motörhead and more! With the addition of complete and immediate backwards compatibility for songs purchased from Rock Band’s ever-expanding online music store and the ability to export most songs from the original Rock Band disc, the Rock Band music library will feature more than 500 songs  by year’s end.
The Rock Band online music store recently surpassed 21 million paid downloads since the game’s launch in late November 2007. With more than 400 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc), the massive Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks, packs and albums from the vast selection of offerings available as they build their own custom Rock Band library.