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Harmonix Confirms Rock Band Pricing

After months of speculation, officials from developer Harmonix have confirmed that the standard hardware and software bundle for the forthcoming rhythm action game Rock Band will be priced at $169.99 in the U.S., with a release date of November 23.
After months of speculation, officials from developer Harmonix have confirmed that the standard hardware and software bundle for the forthcoming rhythm action game Rock Band will be priced at $169.99 in the U.S., with a release date of November 23rd. Speaking to consumer website GameSpot, a representative from Harmonix – original creators of the best selling Guitar Hero series – confirmed the price, which is much above the norm for any normal retail product, including the $99.99 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The high price is due to the inclusion within the package of a wired drum kit controller, a microphone and a guitar controller. The latter is wired in the Xbox 360 version, which also comes with a USB hub, but wireless in the PlayStation 3 version. The game will also be available as a standalone release for $59.99, with the hardware available separately. A wireless guitar is priced at $79.99 on the Xbox 360 and $59.99 on the PlayStation 3, while the drum kit controller and microphone are priced at a uniform $79.99 and $29.99, respectively, on both platforms. Although a Wii version has long been rumored it is still unconfirmed, however a PlayStation 2 version of the game will be released at a lower price of $159.99 on December 10th. All versions of the game have been delayed until next year in Europe, ostensibly to allow for the licensing of specific local content.

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