Rock Band Unplugged details revealed?

Source: Game-info site Primotech. What we heard: A criticism often lobbied against Sony's PSP is its relative dearth of software compared to, say, Nintendo's library for the DS. Yesterday, though, Sony's handheld got a significant infusion of support, with Sony announcing new first-party PSP...

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Source: Game-info site Primotech.

What we heard: A criticism often lobbied against Sony's PSP is its relative dearth of software compared to, say, Nintendo's library for the DS. Yesterday, though, Sony's handheld got a significant infusion of support, with Sony announcing new first-party PSP games such as Little Big Planet and MotorStorm Arctic Edge. Third-party publishers also got in on the action, with Sony revealing exclusive installments in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and MTV Games' Rock Band franchises.

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However, a day before Sony's reveal, Primotech claimed to already have the inside scoop on the latter of those games, Rock Band Unplugged. According to the site, the PSP edition of MTV Games' rhythm game--the very thought of which was the subject of April Fool's jokes--will reportedly be developed by indie developer Backbone Entertainment (Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix).

Primotech, which did not cite a source for its information, goes on to say that the PSP edition of Rock Band will feature gameplay similar to console editions, though peripherals will not factor into the equation. Instead, gamers will keep time with the notes that scroll down the screen by hitting corresponding Left, Up, Triangle, and Circle buttons. The site also claims that Rock Band Unplugged will be visually comparable to the console editions, though with a slight drop-off in visual fidelity.

Players will also reportedly be able to use the handheld's L and R shoulder buttons to switch between the guitar, drum, bass, and vocals tracks. Of the latter, Primotech claims that no singing will be involved; rather, players will tap out the tune in a manner similar to the other inputs. The site goes on to say that Rock Band Unplugged will not include multiplayer, and acts thus far signed on to lend their songs to the game include Blink-182, Boston, AFI, Kansas, Lit, and The Police.

The official story: "At this time, we can only confirm the info that was in the Sony press release issued yesterday."--An MTV Games spokesperson.

Bogus or not bogus?: All of Primotech's information seems plausible. Plus, the fact that the site pegged the game's name before its official announcement lends further credence to the validity of its particulars. Likely not bogus.

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