PS2 Rock Band touring NA in '07

Harmonix confirms the scaled-down version of its multiplatform, multi-instrument rhythm game will be released by New Year's Eve.

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Last month at the Leipzig Games Convention, Harmonix and MTV Games' European publicist announced that Rock Band was coming to the PlayStation 2. However, no mention was made of a US release for the PS2 edition of the previously Xbox 360- and PlayStation 3-only rhythm game, which will arrive on both sides of the Atlantic later this year.

Today, though, US Harmonix reps confirmed North American PS2s will be able to jam with Rock Band. More importantly, the game will ship before the end of the year, putting it in further competition with rival Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Now, the Wii will be the sole console where the latter instrument-based rock-rhythm game is unchallenged when it ships at the end of October.

The PS2 Rock Band is a scaled-down version of its next-gen brethren, and will not have the iTunes-like functionality to download new music. It will, however, have a single-player career mode. So far, more than 10 songs have been announced for the PS2 version, including the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," and "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" by the Clash. GameSpot's previous coverage has more details on the game.

Discussion

34 comments
dlaury
dlaury

A lot of people seem to forget that the installed base of PS2s is about 10 times the combined install base of nex-gen consoles. Perhaps Harmonix actually wanted to make some money off this game? I couldn't really care less about ITunes support if that's the only thing that's missing. They probably won't even have that many songs to choose from that map into the game. It looks like fun.

LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

i dont like the idea of putting it on the ps2... yeah its nice for the people who havent moved into the next generation yet, but i think they need to move on.

teirdome
teirdome

I'm not surprised, but if I was Sony I might be a bit angry. Having it not be on the PS2 would hopefully encourage more PS3 purchases. However, this is great for Harmonix, and I hope their devs don't have to kill themselves to get it scaled down, they need a break every once in a while.

Ficadin
Ficadin

I hate the term "scaled-down version". Is the only difference on PS2 the iTunes download, and the graphics? I hope so. I dont want the PS2 Rock Band to be a shell of a game.

glhx2112
glhx2112

Still making games for the P$2? What's next, A version for Game Cube and Dreamcast? Time to turn off life support and let the P$2 die a dignified death.

dan_3
dan_3

I have preordered rockband and GH3, both are going to be a lot of fun, I see a longer play time with rock band, but I've got the feeling I'm still going to be putting a heck'va lotta time into GH3, especially the month up until rockband comes out.

AKGermany
AKGermany

"However, no mention was made of a US release for the PS2 edition of the previously Xbox 360- and PlayStation 3-only rhythm game, which will arrive on both sides of the Atlantic later this year." Rock Band won't be out in Europe and Australia in '07.

SSJ_Tenx
SSJ_Tenx

hey, "darth-revan" shut ur fan boy trap! theres gunna be a wave of new games that are online....like the new dragonball, wii is the only system that can play it online!

darth-revan
darth-revan

They are skipping the Wii because of its Piece of S*** online abilities. Rock Band is ultimatly an online game so thats why its not coming.

AlmightyDemon
AlmightyDemon

The ps2 has a larger install base than Xbox360, so it makes sense to have a ps2 version of Rock Band. But skipping the Wii when it already has Guitar Hero III? That's just not smart business. And to all those who think Guitar Hero III will suck because it's not a Harmonix game...why does it matter? It's really had to mess up the established formula. All that matters is the soundtrack, and it looks like they've done a pretty good job so far. Neversoft has an excellent history of producing badas soundtracks.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Am glad that am getting the 360 version. I want to enjoy all the features! :D Glynny91, How can you compare two games that haven't release yet without even playing them?... Point made.

S2333
S2333

I want Rock Band more then GH3 but I have no choice with Wii. Damn. It will come. One day.

Glynny91
Glynny91

guitar hero 3 rocks the socks off rock band

somewutstrange
somewutstrange

yeah Beastie Boys, They used to be a weet punk band and play their own instruments before they became a rap group. They rock

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Gimme Shelter is an awesome song! 8)

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Damn, there are stupid fanboys for everything these days. It really is unbeliveable. Rock Band and Guitar Hero III will both rule and I'll be playing them both and having fun, while you stupid fanboys argue over which one sucks because you couldn't have both. Just play the games and be happy.

XTy
XTy

Who do you trust? The Creator's of Karoake, Amplitude, Frequency, GH, GHII, and GH80's OR Tony Hawk Developers? Rock band all the way. It's over GH, it's over.

luis7989_7
luis7989_7

Guitar Hero I & II rocked!, Rock Band Rocks!, Harmonix Rocks!! guitar hero 3 S*cks (specially for the wii), neversoft s*cks and so does activision, well EA too

Lordofultima
Lordofultima

Rock Band is infinitely more compelling.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

rock band rules? no no i dont think so. Guitar Hero will pwn rock band

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I bet EA put the pressure on them to make it for the PS2.

XTy
XTy

bYE, bYE gUITAR hERO...rOCK bAND RULES.

Kahuna_1
Kahuna_1

They were at NIU today, but I had to go to a review session for class...

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

This is awsome. Rock on!

av10
av10

Im stuck now should i get any guitar hero or rock band??? =( im confused!!!

wizardps2
wizardps2

I_AM_AROD______ Sucks that it's scaled down, I might just wait until I get a 360 or a PS3. BTW, I'm SECOND! lol (I was just copying Al on that one) Get the PS3 it Rules!! and does not get the Redring!!

Surllio
Surllio

It has to be scaled down. Not many people have hard drives to actually download the music to. I'm certain they take up more than just a few megs for graphical timing, not streaks, high quality stream music, etc...

Berserksword
Berserksword

yay third. and yay also for nonupgraders. go harmonix!!

I_AM_AROD______
I_AM_AROD______

Sucks that it's scaled down, I might just wait until I get a 360 or a PS3. BTW, I'm SECOND! lol (I was just copying Al on that one)

The_AI
The_AI

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