Rock Band to jam on Wii?

Source: A reader reporting on a recent focus group surrounding Rock Band packaging and pricing. What we heard: A GameSpot reader tipped us off this week to a focus group held for Harmonix and MTV's upcoming Rock Band, and the tip contained a number of interesting scraps for those...

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Source: A reader reporting on a recent focus group surrounding Rock Band packaging and pricing.

What we heard: A GameSpot reader tipped us off this week to a focus group held for Harmonix and MTV's upcoming Rock Band, and the tip contained a number of interesting scraps for those anticipating the game.

First and foremost, the focus group participant said that testers specifically said the game, already announced on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, would be coming to the Wii as well. On top of that, they were told that the game's set list will feature nothing but original artists, and that the drum peripheral (which Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos promised would be "a really impressive piece of hardware") will feature a drum with a kick pedal and real sticks.

There could be some interesting insight in the questions asked of participants during the focus group. The questions generally centered around packaging and pricing, with participants being asked what they thought of a number of prototype packaging designs, as well as different prices for downloadable songs. The reader said that at one point, the group was asked what it thought about a bundle including the game, a wireless guitar, a drum kit, and a microphone being priced at $200. The notion wasn't terribly popular, but it became slightly more appealing to the group when the price was lowered to $175. At $150, the reader said everyone in the group was on board.

It's no surprise that Harmonix is turning to focus-group testing to determine how best to sell Rock Band to the masses. The developer has already indicated that it will be an ambitious enterprise, and an expensive one at that. Guitar Hero showed that people are willing to pay substantially more than the norm for a game under certain circumstances, but Harmonix is still taking a risk. It is going into the same genre and trying to establish a new brand with an unproven game design that looks to hit the intersecting appeal of games like Taiko Drum Master, Karaoke Revolution, and Guitar Hero.

As for the veracity of the source, the reader in question has proven reliable in the past. However, focus groups aren't always run by people deeply involved with the game, and it's possible speculative information was presented to the participants as fact, either unintentionally or to judge the group's reaction to it.

Despite that, this tip seems legit. However, a full Wii version of Rock Band might not arrive alongside the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of the game. Given the current lack of third-party online games for the Wii, it seems a stretch that Harmonix could have its robust online features in place for a Wii edition this year. Releasing a stripped-down version without online modes would be possible, although it would be curious, given the developer's emphasis on the feature for the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions.

The official story: "We are conducting consumer focus groups for Rock Band but have not finalized any pricing or packaging details. Any speculation at this point is just that--speculation."--Harmonix representative.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus.

Discussion

182 comments
eheid
eheid

It had better come out for the wii, it looks like its a ton better than GH

magui182
magui182

yeah when is going to be on wii im waiting harmonix say something!!!!!

alykwho
alykwho

wen is it goin to come for th wii?

alykwho
alykwho

i hope it comes with a guitar a base a microphone and drums

alykwho
alykwho

i don't care about the price i realy want to play the game, and i dont want to bie a ps2 or a 360 just to play rock band.I HOPE IT COMES FOR THE WII

BrandNew4Now
BrandNew4Now

Alright everyone stop comparing Guitar Hero and Rock Band they are two totally different games. Yes they have the same general idea but GH is only 2 player where as rock band is up to four play it comes with a 5 piece drum set microphone and guitar so lets be serious $80 for one guitar and maybe $200 for a whole Rock Band setup hmmm... get real guys Plus no one ever said you had to buy it.

mrhubof
mrhubof

Has anyone heard word on a Wii release date yet?

yoh126
yoh126

wow im gonna get GH3 its only 60$ for 2 guitars at best buy!!! =) oh ya i think there comin out with wii drums and wii ocrestra

yoh126
yoh126

i dunno i thought wow you get drums and a microphone and a guitar wow! but then i saw the price 150!! wow and i heard that if you want to download songs there like 10 bucks a song and the extra controllers are 30 bucks a piece and my friend in georgia has it for his 360 he said very hard to get and his game was 400$ wow its not worth it when they raise the price ill just stick with GH3....

Yakkabe
Yakkabe

I think I could handle 150. Any more, and I really doubt it. It's great that it's coming to the Wii though.

hawk2416
hawk2416

You are all crazy if you think $150 is so bad. Heck, that's less than a day's work for me. Think of it this way - Wireless Guitar + GH2 = $120. So basically you're spending $30 on a whole drumset and a microphone. That sounds like a spankin' good deal to me.

legoman90
legoman90

think about it...guitar hero was like $95 with a wired controller, wireless adds $10. that makes $105. drum controller is probably like $50, and microphone is probably like $30-35. add that all up and you get around $190. $175 is a bargain, and $150 is ridiculous.

willyg984
willyg984

ill pay it if it has a large playlist

Highlanddrummer
Highlanddrummer

for 150 that is a pretty good deal, the game WIRELESS controllers,(guitar drums mic) come on you have to believe that it is going to be kick ass

Amadeus_451
Amadeus_451

I dunno, I work at Babbage's/Gamestop and the RockBand bundle is in our computers as being $200 and not $150

Finly
Finly

So it's gunna cost the same as the wii almost :P lol o well I still wanna play the drums :O

majin_vegeta300
majin_vegeta300

you can get an ok real guitar for $150, and actually learn a skill. next,...

redalertgamer
redalertgamer

i really really hope that theyre not gonna push the bundle down our throats the bundle is great but for $150 and its not even confirmed yet(probly will be more) its too expensive for me i just wanna be able to buy the game and maybe the guitars and have some of my friends buy the game plus a drum and a mic not this bundle crap im already poor as it is with my minimum wage job please dont make me buy the bundle harmonix please i beg u

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

Alot of things about Rock Band bother me, aside from it being made by lolMTV (Do they even know what 'music' is anymore?). It's an ambitious project, if not a somewhat overreaching attempt to take a stab at a popular concept (*cough*Sixaxis*cough*). Major retailers that are reserving the game do have preliminary price points on the cost of extra periphials and if calculated together would run close to $300 to fully experience Rock Band. So when I hear of a proposed $150 bundle that obviously appeals to focus groups, I have to wonder about the guys behind the one-way mirror going "Not a chance in hell". The thing is forcing bundles on people as the only option is a bit much. I mean if you're going to be playing with friends, are all 4 friends who bought the game going to need a mic, two guitars, and a drum kit? No. Selling a bundle w/game, the game by itself, and each instrument by itself opens more options to being a real Rock Band. Guy buys the game and a mic, another buys the game and a guitar, etc. etc. They practice on their own in their respective areas and then get together for a jam session. THAT'S a band. Not 4 guys owning 16 pieces of equipment going "Ok, um... who wants what?" The other thing that worries me is the online play. Does this mean four people on one PS2 competing against 4 other people on their PS2 Guitar Hero III style? If they're doing cooperative play, will there be separate servers for those same four friends to meet online and play together (like co-op servers on Gears of War, for example)? I just have visions of MTV quality games: one giant lobby with someone shouting "Singer prz, @3 msg thx!" *shudders* Again, ambitious (this is EA after all, have to rebuild their shattered empire somehow). But at the same time, the makings for a horrific and expensive disaster.

geist9049
geist9049

everything MTV touches turns to crap. i have little hope for this system to turn a profit at that price.

dhyhalut
dhyhalut

MTV really Sucks i hope the game doesn't xD

Jesux
Jesux

I don't know if it's expensive, but for me i think it's ok if the package includes the drums, guitar and mic.

Kantoma
Kantoma

With the amount of potential this game has, i believe $150 for a mic, guitar, and drumset is a steal.

MegaTyX
MegaTyX

hmmmm... 150 is about half a Wii...... Too expensive for my blood. Guitar Hero was pushing my budget for games already but now this. PASS.

uncledeath2005
uncledeath2005

Wow that game better be good to blow my hard earning readies on it..............

DeadBullet
DeadBullet

Holy s***, $150!!!!!!! Better another DS.

haiyami72
haiyami72

dang,in that case you might as well save up for a REAL instrument & play that

hockeyman245
hockeyman245

Sounds Cool, but it seems like you would need 3 or 4 people to play.

omegabyte
omegabyte

"I agree I also hope it is on the Wii because it might be cheaper then the PS3, and 360 versions." Unlikely. You're paying for the hardware in this case, not the software. Considering an electronic drum kit normally runs well over 2 grand, a simplified game version of that along with a guitar and mic peripheral would be pretty expensive.

WGR_Darrin
WGR_Darrin

I don't know, it's an MTV game, so I'd be surprised if it didn't involve a story-driven scenario where you must pimp your ride before your babies' mommas show up at your cribs while Avril Levigne and Hilary Duff make out right before Ashton pops out and informs you that you've just been punk'd. Or something like that.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Only if they don't even think about releasing all this stuff again for years to come.

squoig
squoig

Well it comes with a Drum Kit, a Guitar and a Microphone so at least 3 people are needed to even play the game. $50 from three people = $150. Not expensive at all.

lord-of-gamers
lord-of-gamers

wow - i say go and pick up a real instrument and put sometime in to learn it

Fanboy4Hire
Fanboy4Hire

That's a bit steep for peripherals you can only use for one game so far. From a proven series like Guitar Hero, I'd pay more than the norm 60, but not for rookies. Knowing MTV, the cutscenes/unlockables will be episodes of Road Rules or something.

archzinno
archzinno

The game is not that expensive if you think about it: Guitar Hero II (360) = $90 Guitar # 2 = ~$40 Thats $130 just so you can play with a friend. Here you get a more realistic guitar and drums and microphone too. Good deal imo.

TTDog
TTDog

Needs to clarify if "original songs" means tracks recorded by the original artist and not covers, OR means the sort of generic garbage you used to get with EA Trax... stuff you've never heard of before or since. As for the 3 controllers thats all well and dandy if you have three people to play them or are planning to look like a one man band.

chazzx21
chazzx21

and if you have this kinda money... you could... i don't know.. start a band.

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

Why can't you just hook up a midi keyboard and any digital drums. Oh wait i know they wouldn't make as much money.

LitBolt
LitBolt

For the other systems that would work, as long as it was "only" $150... But there's no reason the Wii remote hooked up with the Nunchuck couldn't work as drumsticks or guitars. Just hold the remote up and move the nunchuck up and down like the paddle for the Guitar Hero guitar. As for a microphone... Well, maybe a DS, or that could be the one accessory that you kinda have to get. Sounds cool though.

pigman239
pigman239

w/e i woulda probably paid 200 for it...i'm a huge gh2 fan

TheConsigliere
TheConsigliere

First of all anybody that thinks they can by a drum set, guitar and equipment (except a cheap electric but you need an amp, or a cheap acoustic), bass guitar, or microphone for under 200 then I really need to know where you are shopping for such good stuff. Second of all, I know I won't be the one buying it, my "band" will be and we will all chip in the same amount of money. And who cares if you can't sing, since when has that mattered in stuff like this. Play it for fun and goof around with it.

Harveyz01
Harveyz01

I hope u can use a guitar hero guitar from the 360 on it. I saw a screen and it was the same look as guitar hero.

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

I think that's a decent price for the whole set. But i think they should release separate pieces cus if its online then i am assumming that one person would play one insturment someone else another and someone else sing so if you didnt want to do one or 2 of those ever then you wouldnt have to pay for them.

FiveFist
FiveFist

how are you suppose to play the guitar and the drums at the same time???