Harmonix has had quite a streak going with new downloadable songs for its widely popular rhythm game Rock Band. This week's technical snafu surrounding Rush's much-anticipated Moving Pictures album notwithstanding, Harmonix has made much of its intent to continue its strong postrelease support in Rock Band 2, which debuts on the Xbox 360 in September and follows on the PlayStation 3, Wii, and PlayStation 2 later in the year.
Today, Harmonix gave gamers a peek at the first batch of full albums that will be digitally reprised for Rock Band 2. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the first round of full albums includes the Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking, Megadeth's Peace Sells... But Who's Buying, and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood. A No Doubt Best Of compilation is also slated to join the album-length track packs.
Neither Harmonix nor its publisher MTV Games revealed the exact dates on which the aforementioned albums will be rolled out. However, MTV Games did tell EW that they would all be available "in the coming months."
Harmonix expects to have more than 500 songs available for play in Rock Band 2 by year's end. As revealed during this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, more than 80 songs will ship on the game's disc, with headline acts including AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, and Bob Dylan. For more on Rock Band 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.