Rock Band officially Unplugged June 9

PSP version of Rock Band to feature nine exclusive tracks, plus the handheld's first in-game store for downloadable content.

Originally the subject of April Fools' jokes, a portable version of MTV Games and Harmonix's Rock Band was officially announced by Sony in February. However, details on Rock Band Unplugged were limited--an in-game download store was confirmed, but specifics on how the game controlled were limited to fairly convincing rumors.

Sadly, there is still no way to be a cowbell hero.

Today, EA confirmed that Rock Band Unplugged will hit the PSP in North America and Europe on June 9, costing £24.99 in the UK. As previously announced, the game will feature an in-game music store, which will allow players to buy and download new songs over a wireless connection. Tracks will also be downloadable through the PC version of the PlayStation Store.

The game is being developed by Harmonix in conjunction with Backbone Entertainment, the same studio behind last year's well-received Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Unplugged will not feature a peripheral like Activision's Guitar Hero On Tour for the DS. However, as previously rumored, the focus will be on direct control of guitar, bass, drums, and even vocals via the PSP itself. There will also be several game modes, including World Tour, Band Survival, and Warm Up, as well as a character creator.

EA also said today that Rock Band Unplugged will be available as part of a PSP bundle in North America. The $199.99 bundle will include Rock Band Unplugged, a voucher to download Paramount Pictures' School of Rock from the PlayStation Store, a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, and a Piano Black PSP.

Rock Band Unplugged will feature 40 master recording tracks, nine of which will debut in the PSP game before being released for other platforms via download. The full listing for the nine time-exclusive tracks, along with the brand-new trailer, can be found below.

3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
AFI - "Miss Murder"
Alice in Chains - "Would?"
Audioslave - "Gasoline"
Black Tide - "Show Me the Way"
Blink 182 - "What's My Age Again"
Freezepop - "Less Talk More Rokk"
Jackson 5 - "ABC"
Tenacious D - "Rock Your Socks"

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134 comments
duckfan3
duckfan3

So, are the new songs going to be available to download for the console versions?

Oddbrother
Oddbrother

Cool how this one allows you to make a one-man band. But I hope that it supports multi-player as well seeing as that's what the franchise is mostly about, especially when it comes to multiple instruments.

Granpire
Granpire

I'm guessing it doesn't mean those are the only songs in the game?

guitardude1243
guitardude1243

Alice in Chains, Audioslave, and Blink -182...not fair those are exclusive.

SMAultramarine
SMAultramarine

Hmmm... not sure about those songs and Miss Murder was in GH3. Less Talk More Rokk was in one of the earlier GH games too. That said any music game with a Tenacious D song in it is fine by me :)

fnljstce
fnljstce

"nine of which will debut in the PSP game before being released for other platforms via download". They will release on other platforms.

Frostmore33
Frostmore33

knowing our luck rockband 2 and unplugged wont get to Australia until 2012. It took a year and a half to get the first one out here and it ended up being reliesed 6 days before guitare hero world tour

orzornn
orzornn

3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite Omg... Why can't this be DLC for Rock Band !!!!

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

Are you kidding me? I have been wanting Kryptonite in my rock band for years! And missing out on any Audioslave, Black Tide, or Alice in Chains just sucks... hopefully these will be offered as DLC, the addition of Don't Stop Believin' as DLC a week or two ago certainly rocked my socks.

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

OMG it's like Amplitude and Frequency! I might actually get this...

marteen6
marteen6

It loks good, but im wondering on how you play it? Will you just push buttons and it will strum automatically, or will you have to push two at a time?

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Not real enthused about the forced switching of instruments during songs. Hopefully there's options to keep you on one throughout a song.

xXChaotic808Xx
xXChaotic808Xx

This looks like a good game, but the song they played for the trailer killed it for me.

otanikun
otanikun

Highly skeptical but it's nice to see they've finally made the transition into portable, wonder how it'll play.

tekken220
tekken220

lol gamespot inspired this game!

redoAlf
redoAlf

hmmm noo noo nononono just... nooo nononononon

jackanderson
jackanderson

Reign in your negativity. The game won't be that bad. From what I've heard, the game will play similar to Amplitude and, last I checked, Amplitude was an awesome game. I really like these "exclusive" tracks (though I agree with everyone that they will appear on the Rock Band store at some point. It almost makes me regret selling my PSP. But save your pitchforks until the game is released. And anyone who says to "just play a real instrument", it's a game. Deal with it. I play Rock Band, Guitar Hero and a REAL guitar. So what? I'm not allowed to have fun every once in a while?

Donnyp
Donnyp

Sorry but i stick to my firm belief that if your going to play an instrument learn it. Don't play games like this. Yes its a step up from Gamepads but this is only on gamepad. Im just disappointed at this.

IIFoxmanII
IIFoxmanII

@McKennenR: It's coming on RB. Chill out.

boblighte
boblighte

Can't wait for those songs to make it to the console versions!!

Weddum
Weddum

Is it a habit of people on this site to jump straight into conclusions when a game isn't even out yet? Obviously this game will be inferior to a console band game experience, as there are no peripherals. If thats your preference, then keep playing your console versions. Such an experience is NOT the purpose of this game. Try to understand that. This is just an alternative for those wanting a quick fix on the go, which is easy and accessible. Its a better idea than the DS GH games, which try to sucker more money out of you selling even more peripherals which just can't work on a portable system. Take the game for what it is, and what its trying to be. Not what you expect or want it to be. If you don't like what it is, don't buy it and keep playing the console versions. Its not a hard concept to understand. I probably won't be getting it either, as I like playing with peripherals as opposed to buttons. But I'm not gonna start hating on a game because it doesn't do what I want it to do.

puablo
puablo

Pass. RB, please don't turn into GH.

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

eh i dunno about terrible...but im not getting it...

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

Well, there goes Rock band's perfect streak of being awesome...

cheesytaco69
cheesytaco69

TERRIBLE IDEA! We all know that people will still buy it knowing there aren't any peripherals for it. I think that handheld music games are a waste of time and money.

mathiasX
mathiasX

Stupid idea, needs peripherals.

RD1109
RD1109

Not a good idea. I personally don't want to hold down the buttons on my PSP while strumming with the analog stick.

McKennenR
McKennenR

so they put would? on this sucky game and not an rb2? i am dissapointed. who wants to play an instrument with a game pad?

admiral_picard
admiral_picard

And just when I was hoping that meant we wouldn't see any more of these games. First we had DDR and now this. What's the next senseless badly made game with a "unique" controller everyone will act like is good and ooze all over? A sex simulator? All these games don't ever even have good music either, just a bunch of trashy rock no one wants to listen to. Boring...

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

Downloaded title, songs everyweek, no perphirals, this is how portable games should be made. it might not be the greatest game ever but its a step in the right direction on how these things should be sold

Mantis_248th
Mantis_248th

It looks like a throw back to Harmonixs originals, Amplitude and Frequency. I would just much rather have portable sequels to those that a wack version of rock band. Honestly how much fun would the game be with out the controllers.

Gammit10
Gammit10

Worst (and scariest) news title ever. I thought they were shutting the servers off!

cutmaclass1
cutmaclass1

I would totally be into this if 1) There were more tracks or 2) 75% of the tracks WEREN'T already available in console form. Seriously, buying this would be as efficient as buying RB2 and all the DLC on the PS3 when you already have the game, DLC, and instruments for the 360. Milkage for the lose. Conversely, if this were at all affiliated with Frequency or Amplitude, I would be all over it, because those two games came out in an era before game-expanding DLC. Those games with new songs and DLC WOULD be worth the extra cash. This was a lost opportunity, HMX.

abeard424
abeard424

i'm interested to see how the drums will work

abeard424
abeard424

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leafdj
leafdj

Yeah, I can already see how much better this is going to be than guitar hero DS. If only the strumming wasn't so HARD.

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

I gotta admit, my interest level is pretty high on this. I don't have a PSP, but I could see myself shelling out for this bundle. I'm glad to see Harmonix isn't trying to pigeon hole peripherals onto a handheld, like Activision has been stubbornly doing with GH.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

Is it just me or does this game have flop written all over? Oh well, Harmanex are the ones that's laughing all the way to the bank...

Genexi2
Genexi2

Oh hell yeah, it looks like they blended Frequency/Amplitude with Rock Band, sign me up!

burnout_toreach
burnout_toreach

Ya i can't be bptherd to pick up a $100 piece of plastic with buttons

warstomp
warstomp

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gnbfd
gnbfd

Freezepop - "Less Talk More Rokk" *dies inside* That was my favorite song from GH2 to play!!!!!!!!!!! Bring this to consoles NOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!