Mad Catz rereleasing Rock Band 3

Peripheral-maker/publisher bringing Harmonix's 2010 guitar game back to retail this holiday season bundled with instruments.

Mad Catz--a company once known solely for manufacturing peripherals--earlier this year entered the publishing business with War Wings: Hell Catz, the first in a flight simulator series from Trickstar Games. Now the nascent publisher has signed a much more prominent act: Harmonix's Rock Band 3.

Mad Catz is bringing Rock Band 3 back to retail this holiday.

Mad Catz has inked a deal with the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based developer to publish Rock Band 3 this holiday season. The publisher will bundle the well-received 2010 software with Mad Catz peripherals for the game. These include the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard Controller, the Wireless Fender Stratocaste Guitar Controller, and the Wireless Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar Controller.

Mad Catz told GameSpot today that it is not ready yet to talk about pricing for the bundles, but did note that information will hopefully be made available "shortly." Additionally, the publisher said there are currently "no plans to publish the game as a standalone product."

For more on Rock Band 3, check out GameSpot's review of the game.

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41 comments
g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Cool a bigger bundle. I have all the instruments I need anyway, but I'm curious to the price of the whole thing.

slaigo7
slaigo7

Hope Mad Catz will bring the peripherals (such as the pro guitar and drums) to Spain. I have been unable to find them in here

X-RS
X-RS

NOOOOOOO! Let all the music jack it die off and stick to fightsticks!!!!

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

I think this article might be a bit confusing... "These include the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard Controller, the Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller, and the Wireless Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar Controller." To clarify, the Wireless Fender Stratocaster guitar mentioned above is not to be confused with the Fender pro guitar that requires a MIDI Pro Adapter to be compatible with RB3. The guitar mentioned above is the standard 5-button guitar, NOT a Pro mode guitar. Here's a link to it. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Wireless-Fender-Stratocaster-Guitar/dp/B0041858M2/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1313029188&sr=8-7

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

@Kashmiro I recommend trying Amazon for the pro guitar. I live in Ireland and couldn't find it in any stores, so I bought it online. It's so much fun to use and well worth it if you have the willpower to learn guitar! :) Also... to anyone expressing their dislike of Madcatz products, I have been using the mustang pro guitar for a few months now and it still works perfectly. No broken buttons or strings. You may have had bad experiences with them in the past, but they seem to have gotten better.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

Does this mean I can finally find the Pro-Guitar? I looked for 3 months at pretty much every store, and asked all of the employees and they kept saying it would be coming in a few weeks. I wasn't able to find it anywhere and I eventually gave up and had been playing Rock Band for a few months already so I just decided to not blow the money at that point, but I wouldn't mind getting one this Christmas!

unbeatable100
unbeatable100

@Super-Poke-Bros if u lose it u can still buy a new or used copy that mtv games published. just not a new copy published by madcatz

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

@JadeNic What if you somehow lose/break your copy of the game?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Mad Catz has made some junk, but for the most part they put out decent stuff, especially in the last few years.

JadeNic
JadeNic

But... don't the kind of people that would pay 100s of dollars for Rock Band 3 controllers (okay, so people like me) already own the game?

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

everything Mad Catz I've ever owned has broken in a short amount of time

SR71halo
SR71halo

After countless controllers that kept dying on me within a month, I will never trust mad catz ever again. They have got to be one of the worst peripheral companies in the business, don't trust them.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@BLKCrystilMage actually the Mad Catz Rock Band controllers are very good, not like the past peripherals they have put out. Also the arcade sticks they put out recently for the fighting games have also gotten high reviews. Mad Catz has come a long way from where they were in the past.

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

MadCatz? Really? The same people who make peripherals that function for one month, if that?

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

This has been out for nearly a year now.. I'd like to think that anyone who wants the game would probably have gotten it by now. It seems odd that they're re-releasing the game so soon.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@ddelella You couldn't be more wrong. That was the biggest problem with the launch of Rock Band 3 last year - the lack of instruments. The only bundle offered was with the keyboard, the Mustang was in extremely limited quantities at launch (as was the MIDI Pro Adapter), and no stores stocked the standard guitars or drums anymore. So the only place to buy new instruments was online through Amazon, Mad Catz, or other e-tailers. Now they will be offering some of the instruments along with the game which makes sense at Christmas, especially with no competing Guitar Hero game this year. And with the reduced price of Rock Band 3 these should be fairly affordable bundles. Mad Catz is simply trying to move more stock by creating attractive bundles and getting them into stores for the holidays, not "squeeze max money out of the users during a bad economy by only selling bundles" since the stand-alone game WILL still be available. And in case you didn't know, this version DOES use real instruments. The Keyboard is a MIDI keyboard, the Squier is a real guitar that can be plugged into an amp, the Mustang is an actual MIDI guitar as well, and the drums are very close to the real thing. -edit - I somehow missed that Mad Catz is now publishing it instead of EA for the re-release and will only offer it in bundles. However I bet you can still find the stand-alone EA title afterwards if you need it.

Raykuza
Raykuza

@ddelella Man, most people who play music games already own this game. This bundle isn't for people who already play music games. It's for the people that don't. And I'm staring at two RB3 keytars that have two octaves and accept MIDI outs and an RB3 Pro Guitar with 162 fret buttons and six strings. The RB3 pro drum kit has 4 drums and 3 cymbals and a kick pedal. These things are pretty damn close to real instruments if you ask me.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

@ddelella Um, Rock Band 3 IS the version that uses real instruments...

pcty
pcty

never liked plastic instruments that is why I`m getting Rocksmith

ddelella
ddelella

This is why games fail, greedy publishers. Mad Catz wants to squeeze max money out of the users during a bad economy by only selling bundles. Most people who play music games have bought multiple guitars and don't feel the need to buy another. If the software is not being sold as standalone it won't be bought. Besides most people already own this one or can get a copy dirt cheap. I am not exactly sure what the strategy is behind this re-release. Mad Catz needs to produce better instruments at a cheaper price tag and sell "create your own packs" with discounted rates depending on the bundles. Just put a longer ship time and only produce smaller batches based on demand so you don't over produce. Plus it's time to start on the next version using real instruments. Time to ditch the plastic.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

No thanks, already had it and sold it all

svaubel
svaubel

I think most of us are past the buying tons of separate instruments for games already. The music game genre is dead, let it rest.

TroubleMaker411
TroubleMaker411

Having just gotten rid of my xbox, with all my rockband kit, and the fact that a game/guitar bundle for rockband is impossible to find in the UK for either machine, I will gladly pick up the RB3/fendor bundle if and when it hits in this country.

Connor728
Connor728

I hope the price is less expensive than when it initially released. The prices were extravagant back then, I mean they were charging like £200 just for the keyboard

guertt
guertt

who wants my drums? lol I can't sell them at all...

Barighm
Barighm

Well, they couldn't make peripherals that worked-nothing I got from them ever worked out of the package-so I guess publishing is the only other way to go.

DragonessAthena
DragonessAthena

So this time they will mass release it in Canada right? I saw maybe a grand total of 2 normal Guitar controllers in EB for the 360, and right now they've shipped all the left-over Wii Keyboards to EB/Gamestop in Canada. I've never even seen any of the Pro Guitars, so send some to us up North, you'll get my money.

Triton
Triton

This is old news, bought this last month with the wood strat. Gave the extra copy to friend who did not have the game yet.

xSlider257
xSlider257

This is an odd choice of re-release. I'd love to see it revive the dead music game genre, but I doubt it.

tacoeater831
tacoeater831

its a shame that this game didnt do better with sales, i realize that music games dont do as well anymore, but this is such a good game, definately harmonix's best.

subyman
subyman

The game already went through a big clearance for next to nothing. I'd say the people that held out for a cheaper price already scooped it up in the sales aisle. I don't see this doing too hot unless Madcatz is simply trying to offload left over inventory.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

I can't help but feeling that everyone who wants this game will have it already, and then they'd just buy the instruments seperate. They're either going to have to sell this at a serious discount or add some new features, especially since music games are completely last year.

gc88
gc88

no drums?