Europe May get Rock Band at last

[UPDATE] Harmonix's eagerly awaited music game will debut in the UK on the 360 on May 23, other versions due in "summer"; nine new songs added; pricing details revealed.

Today is the day many gamers in Europe have been awaiting. The highly anticipated rhythm game Rock Band has finally been given an official release date in the region--for one platform, at least. According to distributor Electronic Arts, Rock Band will have "an exclusive launch window on the Xbox 360" that will begin on May 23. As for gamers with other platforms, they'll have to wait until sometime in the "summer," says EA.

(North American gamers got Rock Band on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 20, 2007, and a PlayStation 2 version followed in December. A Wii version will hit the US and Canada in June.)

The European version of the Harmonix/MTV Games rhythm game will add nine new songs especially for the region--four English tracks, two French, and three German--to bring the total up to 67. The full list of songs, which will be available as downloads in the US, is as follows:

Blur "Beetlebum" (English)
Oasis "Rock 'n' Roll Star" (English)
Tokio Hotel "Monsoon" (English)
Muse "Hysteria" (English)
Les Wampas "Manu Chao" (French)
Playmo "New Wave" (French)
Die Toten Hosen "Hier Kommt Alex" (German)
Juli "Perfekte Welle" (German)
H-Block X "Countdown to Insanity" (German)

The online catalogue of Rock Band tunes available in the US--over 70 so far--will be available for download in Europe starting on May 27. The tracks will each cost 160 Microsoft Points (£1.36) from Xbox Live Marketplace, and from then on, all new songs will be released simultaneously in the US and Europe on a weekly basis.

[UPDATE] Rock Band has been rated 12+ by the PEGI rating board. Whereas the game retails in the US for $169.99 (£86) with the game, drum kit, microphone, and one guitar, or $59.99 (£30) for the software solo, EA has told GameSpot that Europe will be getting a different set of SKUs.

The Instrument Edition of Rock Band will be priced at £129.99 or €169, and will be a bundle of the three instruments--but not the game. The game itself will be priced at £49.99 or €69.99, with wireless guitars going for £59.99 or €79.99 and the drum kits for £69.99 or €89.99 a la carte.

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master_of_nfs
master_of_nfs

I agree with Tricky here, PS3 has sold more over in Europe than Xbox 360, so it seems to be a kind of waste to release it on lower sold console doesn't it. If it was on the PS3 over here first (Or have the Wii version ready by then), that would be the better result to go for. If they want money coming off it, They better switch their marketing scheme.

Tricky
Tricky

Go to Play.com and you can pick up the instruments and game for £140. Not bad. Just unfortunate that it's only the crappy 360 version. Hey EA, the PS3 has a higher market share in Europe than 360 !!!

earlies
earlies

Say I had GH2 and 3 on X360 (and so had 2 guitars). Could I buy the instruments from the US (i'm travelling there soon) and purchase the game in the UK? Would my existing guitars work with RB? I think if you wait long enough you might (let's hope) see massive price reductions if the things don't shift as much as they hope. Depends how desparately you want the game I guess.

mikefoy
mikefoy

I have been told that the main problems with price are due to shipping costs and VAT. Bollox, if I can get it for £120 on ebay from someone in America, how is he getting it to me? How does he manage to pay better shipping costs than EA, and the VAT would only raise the cost by about $25 max on the US version. It stinks and the only excuse I can accept until facts are proven is greed!

hex_ten
hex_ten

Twice the price? Man, i'll just get four other different games instead.

mikefoy
mikefoy

I have really been looking forward to this game since it was announced, now its so expensive that I just can't justify paying that much for it. I understand that UK prices are higher than US but that is just how the world works but the hike in price for this product is crazy. It more expensive than a fooking wii for gods sake. cheers EA!

Soul_Bleed
Soul_Bleed

Leave it to EA to completely screw the European gamers over. I mean make them wait 6 months for Rock Band then release it on only one console and at double the North American price?!! This better be a joke because I can't see any reasoning behind it.

C0RNF1AK35
C0RNF1AK35

The Instrument Edition of Rock Band will be priced at £129.99 or €169, and will be a bundle of the three instruments--but not the game. The game itself will be priced at £49.99 or €69.99 WTF

marty352
marty352

Jesus they really know how to rip off the brits, what a rediculious price mark up. £50 for just the game... OUTRAGEOUS!

Chuffy03
Chuffy03

Could EA or anyone else explain it's pricing of Rock Band?. The fact that Europe after nearly half a year of a dely is being charged over-twice-as much than North America. There is no excuse; even the UK VAT shouldn't boost the price that high. We have to pay more for the instrumental pack for rock band and it doesn't even include the game? Buy Rock Band in US - $169.99 - £85 Buy Rock Band in Europe Instrument Edition + Game - £180 - $360 would EA like to explain the thinking behind this move?

JangoWuzHere
JangoWuzHere

wow just wow europe got screwed big time I hope some one does some thing about this cause its as much as the 360 its self here in america what the **** is EA thinking? plz some one tell me

Ace_Gunner
Ace_Gunner

Play.com are selling the game for £99.99 for instruments and £39.99 for the game. I know it's still not a good deal but it's £40 off. Maybe the same cost as importing???

Ace_Gunner
Ace_Gunner

Play.com are selling the game for £99.99 for instruments and £39.99 for the game. I know it's still not a good deal but it's £40 off. Maybe the same cost as importing??? ...Oh, and free delivery too.

sonic5678
sonic5678

MUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HYSTERIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .......I'm pretty much sold right now.

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

ok im gonna look up the ****** email of ea and write them a long email telling them that this bul*****. man this was may favourite game alltiome and i wanted to have it but now

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

yeah im scared. man if i get this for like a billion bucks (€) or how expensive it will be they will annouce rock band 2 they always do that. its unfair should i wait another year or get the thing for overpriced. everybidy fefuse to buy this and they will lower price

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

@automattug well wo sets the prices. tahts what us europeans are f****** mad about

Slaughtahouse
Slaughtahouse

i think gamespot messed up the prices because thats a heck of a lot of money. It cost more without the game????? sucks to be a gamer in the U.K.

Range_Finder
Range_Finder

I also read somewhere today that the "Exclusive" european version songs will now be made available in the US as well, so thats something else that sounds like it may have been rubbish

Twili
Twili

What about super smash brother brawl!!!

evolutionxbox
evolutionxbox

What BS is this?!?! £180.00 or $360.00 what the bloody hell!!! What a rip-off.

spursboy92
spursboy92

btw- luke_85 - u could just import it from america, then buy just the game in Europe, that would STILL be cheaper that buying it here. (plus, for extra money u could then sell the american game)

spursboy92
spursboy92

EA have really messed this 1 up, i was sooo looking forward 2 this game, the fact the the version i can buy hasn't got an actual release date, and the price is over double what it was in america, has forced me to rethink about actually buying the game!!!!!!

raleech
raleech

Well went the game hits Aussie land i don't think that to many people are going to buy the thing, thats like the cost of a freaking Wii here... Choose Motion Senor Console+5 games or One game with limited playability which you still need to buy a console... EA you suck, first taking Multiplay away from releases (Medal of Honor 2 Wii and Army of Two) then the most unbelievable price hike. There is not way I'm picking this game up now and it was Number One above GTAIV.

NeleNel
NeleNel

So Europe finally gets Rock Band, but gets charged an insane amount for it. Sometimes you just can't win.

luke_85
luke_85

nows theres the problem of if i import it then i cant download the songs but if i dont its cost a sht load!!!!

Grant41
Grant41

You must remember that the Euro is worth a fck ton more than the dollar right now.

RyokoSparda
RyokoSparda

Please Konami release drummania on the 360 because I sure as hell am not buying Rock Band now, All I want is a drum game with the drum kit for under 70 quid is that too much to ask?

Venom_Dragon
Venom_Dragon

Buy Rock Band in US - $169.99 Buy Rock Band in Europe - $375... Why doesn't this make sense to me?

walker_023
walker_023

im jus gna get it from the states, it'll wrk on ps3 rite? there region free?

horgen
horgen moderator

Finally. Maybe I'll buy the game and the drum kits...

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

Posted Jan 1, 1970 1:00 am CET It just changed back, but. That post was so awesome it invented time travel.

chilipepper1205
chilipepper1205

Damn, that sucks. Makes me feel very happy that my friend won a copy and is giving it to me. Wouldn't it make sense that once you've bought the instruments, you may actually want to play the game????

chilipepper1205
chilipepper1205

Damn, that sucks. Makes me feel very happy that my friend won a copy and is giving it to me, now, whether I actually game included, I'm questioning, but 50 quid and buying lunch for my friend still isn't bad. Wouldn't it make sense that once you've bought the instruments, you may actually want to play the game???? The whole issue with it coming out on the 360 first, even at Play.com Live (the last game expo that was in London) they had Rock Band playing on the 360, in the section devoted to the PS3?!?!?

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

Here's the deal. Sometimes I really wish I could be in the same room with the guys who came up with this. (in a high pitched voice) -Hey! I got a great idea!. Let's delay the game and make those Europeans pay a butt load of money :D And I would answer "From now on, consider yourself this companys comic relief". Instead of clap my hands together like a walruss, smile silly and go" YEAH YEAH YEAH"

stjimmy222
stjimmy222

For Christ Sake! Haven't we waited long enough? Why the big hold up?

Balthazar316
Balthazar316

hell Its another screw europe Moment. and wth is with releasing it at different times what makes bloody 360 better than the ps3 for god sake. and wtf is this sell the intsruments in a bundle but not the game that is like a 2yr old thought of it. im seriously thinking of importing it now

R-Force
R-Force

Curse you EA! We've wait too long for you to come out and scre* us over again, instruments but no game and it's not even coming out on PS3 on the same day as 360!? Damn you!!

dipas
dipas

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAHMN! we're getting screwed big time here in europe.... I mean, we have to pay more for the instrumental pack for rock band and it doesn't include the game?!!!!! and next the game itself is priced the same as other games so we'll have to pay like the double of what you guys pay.... do those poeple hate europeans or something...........? I was really looking forward to getting this game but now I'll just have to see if I can afford it...

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

This is a total ripoff. I went to see at European online stores how much Guitar Hero costs in Europe and it's just a couple dollars more than in North America, not over-more-than-twice like RockBand. There is no excuse; even the UK VAT shouldn't boost the price to that high. I mean, ~ $350 for RockBand in Europe?!

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

This is a total ripoff. I went to see at European online stores how much Guitar Hero costs in Europe and it's just a couple dollars more than in North America (when converted), not over-more-than-twice like RockBand. There is no excuse; even the UK VAT shouldn't boost the price to that high. I mean, ~ $350US for RockBand in Europe?! Guitar Hero bundle is ~ $100US in North America and it's ~ $120US in UK!

Homsar13
Homsar13

oooh. that sucks for everyone that wanted Muse here in America. eh, we'll probably get the english songs as DLC anyway.

Homsar13
Homsar13

wait, we get the german/french songs as DLC here in USA?

littlevicky93
littlevicky93

Caboose7293, we here in Europe had to wait almost six months for it to be released. I thinks it's a fair pricing.

gellis1981
gellis1981

Hell, in the US we paid $170+tax for everything and our economy is f#*ked up. $170 is alot for most americans. The Euro is worth alot more than the US dollar, so paying more comes with the territory.

gellis1981
gellis1981

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Caboose7293
Caboose7293

All of Europe is really getting the short stick on this one. For one, it comes out much later (over half a year) and it costs more because of the POS US dollar. In the US, the drum kits are priced at 79.99, and in Europe, they are priced at £59.99 or €79.99, which is almost double the price if transfered into USD$$$. That's really a rip off.

LuiS-07
LuiS-07

what about australia.. by the time we get it rock band 2 will be out

arikela
arikela

Great, now they just need to announce AU/NZ too. ;)