While talking to Rock Band 3 project lead Daniel Sussman, I learned a hell of a lot I didn’t know about the game. But after the interview, Harmonix sent over a set of press releases which included still more info I hadn’t heard about. Like this:
Set list creation and song selection has been completely revamped. It’ll be easier to find songs you want to play via advanced filters, which we knew about from the USA Today story. But did you know you’ll be able to hide songs you don’t want to play? And find songs you may not know about via a song-recommendation system that will “suggest tracks from Rock Band’s colossal music library, based on personal fan preference”? You’ll also be able to save set lists and share them with friends, both in-game and via RockBand.com.
Everything’s integrated. We knew about the new, all-encompassing career mode that tracks your progress no matter what you’re doing in the game. But did you know that career mode will have over 700 “goals and rewards”? And that online leaderboards will be integrated into the career mode? And that you’ll be able to share your progress via in-game integration with Twitter, Facebook, “and more”? Well, see? Now you do.
More peripherals are coming. I’ve written up a post detailing all the currently announced peripherals, but there was a tantalizing bit in the Mad Catz press release I’ll reprint here: “Mad Catz will be offering updated versions of the guitar and drum peripherals from prior versions of Rock Band, as well as improved microphones in support of the Rock Band 3 vocal harmony feature.”
There’s a DS version. I haven’t been able to find any details about that yet, but I’m guessing it’ll have more in common with Rock Band Unplugged or Rock Band for iPhone than, say, Guitar Hero: On Tour.
Finally, here’s one for our friends overseas: It’s getting a simultaneous worldwide release. The press release cites “Holiday 2010 in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories” — and yes, that includes the DS version.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go collapse into bed and sleep for about sixteen hours. Nobody announce anything important while I’m out, OK?