Rock Band 2 Announced as Timed Xbox 360 Exclusive

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By now I’m sure you’ve already heard, but just in case you may have missed it Harmonix, MTV Games and EA yesterday announced Rock Band 2. I know, I’m a bit slow in getting this news to you, but I’m pretty much over the whole Guitar Hero/Rock Band craze so it’s hard to build up any sort of enthusiasm. Rock Band 2 will feature basically everything you’d expect from a sequel. It’ll have more songs (including backwards compatibility with all tracks purchased for the original game), “dynamic” new online modes, more instrument variety, new and improved drum and guitar designs, and plenty else to be revealed at a later date.

But the big news on the Rock Band 2 front is that Microsoft has worked up a deal to get the game a timed exclusive release on the Xbox 360 in September. Don’t worry too much, though. It’ll still be launching on “additional platforms” this year, so there won’t be much of a wait. To be honest, I don’t even get the point of releasing it exclusively on the 360 first. Only a month or two head start isn’t going to drive 360 sales that much I wouldn’t imagine. So many people already bought it on the PS3 and certainly aren’t going to switch platforms and abandon all the add-on songs they bought for the original game. But hey, I’m not a Rock Band freak, so what do I know.

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