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Rock Band UK release date set

Rock Band UK release date set

Rock Band is set for a Xbox 360 release on May 23rd in the UK, with PS3 versions following later.

Electronic Arts has finally set a UK release date for the rock band simulator game, Rock Band. The publisher has also revealed that the game will launch on the Xbox 360 first, with the PlayStation formats to follow after an unspecified interim.

The UK version of Rock Band will launch on the Xbox 360 on May 23rd. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 versions of the game have only been given a tentative "summer" release according to EA - a move which is bound to leave Sony smarting a little bit.

The game is highly anticipated in the UK, especially since it went on sale last November in North America and news on a UK version has been slow to trickle out. The game has proven very popular though, winning excellent reviews and selling over six million song packs according to GI.biz.

Electronic Arts has yet to reveal the official RRP for the UK version of the game, but you can expect it to be a hefty price tag - the game comes bundled with all the hardware required to play the game, including a drum kit peripheral.

When the game is released in the UK then you can expect to see some new songs popping up too though - Electronic Arts has confirmed that it will launch nine new songs for the game as part of the UK release, with more tracks coming from May 27th onwards. Individual songs are priced at 160 MS points each.

So, are you ready to rock, or do you think Rock Band is a one hit wonder? Let us know in the forums!

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Flibblebot 8th April 2008, 11:12 Quote
At last! Time to see how much money's in the piggy bank :D

(You forgot the opening bracket in the forum link, btw)
alastor 8th April 2008, 11:15 Quote
Bloody finally
oasked 8th April 2008, 11:22 Quote
Bet this costs an arm and a leg. Is it coming out on the Wii? I know that so far its only on the X360 in the States.
chrisuk 8th April 2008, 11:22 Quote
Looks as though we've got a price: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/uk-rock-band-release-set-for-may-23

£180!!!!!! Absolutely INSANE
ellism 8th April 2008, 11:23 Quote
According to gamesindustory.biz it will be costing £180 where in the us it sells for 169USD

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/uk-rock-band-release-set-for-may-23
Darkedge 8th April 2008, 11:25 Quote
it's bloody expensive - rip off Britain again and the DLC? TWICE the cost of the US. Grrr
DougEdey 8th April 2008, 11:26 Quote
For me the moment for games like this has gone, GH3 just made me frustrated on Hard.
ellism 8th April 2008, 11:33 Quote
Also would they not sell the instruments and game together? Its not like your going to want the instrument pack on its own without the game.
DougEdey 8th April 2008, 11:37 Quote
The £180 is for the game and instruments
Veles 8th April 2008, 11:58 Quote
That's rather expensive : /

Still gonna buy it though
alastor 8th April 2008, 12:40 Quote
I can't imagine that being right, if it was £180 nobody would buy it. £130 with the game sounds more realistic but still a lot of money for a game.
DougEdey 8th April 2008, 12:41 Quote
It's exactly twice the price of RRP in the states
kenco_uk 8th April 2008, 12:57 Quote
FFS!

Needs to be £149.99 - at the very most

Why the huge ****ing delay - it's not like it's had to be converted from Japanese to English?

Why delay the PS3 launch even further??!! Gah!!

I'm going to have to just basically give in and buy an import! Stupid flaming idiots. Mind you, by the sound of it, it could end up being cheaper.
oasked 8th April 2008, 13:42 Quote
They're not going to shift it at all if its £180. That's the same price as the console!
leexgx 8th April 2008, 14:22 Quote
most of my friends who have an PS3 all ready have rockband (USA kit)

so its alot cheaper to get the USA kit in the long run as if buying songs is going to be 50% cheaper due to £ to $
nakchak 8th April 2008, 14:30 Quote
Too Expensive, still second hand might be better priced, but ultimately think the bubble has well and truly burst, like dance mats and side scrolling platform games

guessing the delay is to do with music licensing issues, different distributors in the us to uk for a lot of acts
e.g. u often see separate US and EU management companies on the back
Veles 8th April 2008, 15:02 Quote
My theory is lack of peripheral supplies. For a start, the original rock band hardware was shoddy, so they signed up Mad Catz to make it, so I'm guessing they had to get production ramped up with them in order to meet demand in the US and to make a stockpile of hardware for Europe so they had enough for launch day.

For £180 it better come with all the DLC that has been released.
Flibblebot 8th April 2008, 15:38 Quote
For £180, I'd expect someone to come from EA and play it for me :D
naokaji 8th April 2008, 15:54 Quote
Usually when a console game costs too much I just think haha serves you right for buying a console.. but 180£? that even makes a console hater like me feel sorry.
Orca 8th April 2008, 18:06 Quote
£180 is too much. At least retailers should offer it cheaper, bundled even. Well, I hope so anyways. The additional "exclusive" tracks are a joke though. A measley extra 4 tracks? F**k off.
alastor 8th April 2008, 20:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Juppun
£180 is too much. At least retailers should offer it cheaper, bundled even. Well, I hope so anyways. The additional "exclusive" tracks are a joke though. A measley extra 4 tracks? F**k off.
They'll be available to download in the US on the same day most likely, so they're pointless.

Anyone wanting to complain head here:
http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/rock-band/311579-rock-band-uk-bundles-pricing-discussion.html
Orca 8th April 2008, 20:16 Quote
Quote:

Well I suppose I feel a bit happier now. Theres a 5% off voucher at the moment for Play as well.
p3n 8th April 2008, 22:29 Quote
anything over £100 they can go swivel...
Elspuddy 8th April 2008, 22:50 Quote
about bloddy time EA !
still a bit off putting by the price
<A88> 8th April 2008, 22:51 Quote
£180? Just learn a real friggin instrument. Seriously.
DougEdey 8th April 2008, 23:01 Quote
Actually, for £180 you can get an electronic drum kit and an electric guitar + amp.
Flibblebot 9th April 2008, 11:14 Quote
Even £140 from Play is really too much. If you convert straight from the US SRP of $170 into GBP and add VAT, it comes out at around £100.

For EA to charge £180 is a total rip-off, and I'd love to see their reasoning behind such a high price - after all, I'm sure the instruments are made in China, and shipping to Europe can't be that different to shipping to the US? And I'm fairly sure that EU licences for the music won't have bumped the price by £80.

This might go down in history as one of the least successful game launches in history...
DougEdey 9th April 2008, 11:28 Quote
Oh and the new "European Exclusive" tracks, aren't so exclusive after all, they'll be DLC for the US
CanadianViking 10th April 2008, 05:15 Quote
That's freaking ridiculous! Just import it guys, considering you're paying almost as much as I did when it launched in Canada in your own money. (I payed $192.31, AND I ordered it online, so shipping + handling)
Flibblebot 10th April 2008, 11:02 Quote
The problem with importing (IIRC) is that you can't access any of the DLC.
But as someone said somewhere else, it might be an idea to import the instruments, then just buy the game here.
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