Rock Band saves the Queen next week

by: Dan -
I guess dropping $16.00 on the Queen 10-pack last month won’t be enough, as Harmonix and MTV Games are releasing not one, but two Queen packs as DLC next week (Dec 7th) for Rock Band. The first pack (Queen Extravaganza Pack 01) consists of all new songs, and adds the RB3 version (harmonies, keys and Pro Guitar/Bass upgrades ) of the duo of “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You”. The second pack is the Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack, and that updates six of the 10 songs off the Queen Pack to the RB3 version with harmonies, keys and Pro Guitar/Bass upgrades.

Pricing will be $1.99/160 MS Pts/200 Wii Pts per song, $9.99/800 MS Pts/ 1,000 Wii Pts for Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack and $10.99/880 MS Pts/1,100 Wii Pts for Queen Extravaganza Pack 01. Here are the songs available:

Queen Extravaganza Pack 01
“Hammer to Fall” X
“Keep Yourself Alive” X
“Now I’m Here” X
“Play the Game” X
“Tenement Funster” X
“We Are the Champions” (RB3 version)
“We Will Rock You” (RB3 version)

Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack
“I Want It All” (RB3 version) X
“I Want To Break Free” (RB3 version) X
“Killer Queen” (RB3 version) X
“One Vision” (RB3 version) X
“Somebody To Love” (RB3 version) X
“Under Pressure” (RB3 version) X

Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99/100 Wii Pts/80 MS Pts per song.
KEYBOARDS! HARMONIES! PRO GUITAR! TWO EPIC QUEEN PACKS MAKE THEIR WAY TO ROCK BAND 3 NEXT WEEK!

Cambridge, Mass. – Dec. 3, 2010 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that two packs of songs from legendary rock band Queen, featuring both songs new to the Rock Band platform as well as harmonies, keys and Pro Guitar/Bass upgrades to previously released songs, will be available Dec. 7 in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.
Rock Band provides the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums through the Rock Band music platform, which features more than 800 artists and more than 2,000* tracks via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/songs). Rock Band’s gigantic music library dwarfs that of any other rhythm video game on the market. To date, more than 75 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band Music Store since its launch Nov. 20, 2007.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii
Queen, composed of Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor and quintessential frontman Freddie Mercury, formed in England in 1970. The group has released 15 studio albums and was known for their epic live concerts. Queen was featured in LEGO® Rock Band and as DLC for Rock Band™ 2. Their quintessential rock anthem, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was featured on the on-disc soundtrack for Rock Band 3, and beginning next week, fans can download even more Queen for Rock Band gameplay. Queen released The Singles Collection: Volume 4 on Oct. 19, featuring a box set of remastered originals spanning 1989 to 1999. Find more information and order your copy here.

Beginning next week, fans will be able to play their Queen songs in a variety of ways on Rock Band. Fans who purchased Queen DLC previously will have the option to purchase Pro Guitar/Pro Bass additions for those tracks, as well as the option to purchase Rock Band 3 versions that include harmonies and keys where applicable. Additionally, five songs new to Rock Band will also be available as Rock Band 3 downloadable content, featuring Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrades as well.

These two packs are broken into “Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack,” which features updated Rock Band 3 versions of “I Want It All,” “I Want to Break Free,” “Killer Queen,” “One Vision,” “Somebody to Love” and “Under Pressure;” and “Queen Extravaganza Pack 01,” which features Rock Band 3 versions of “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You,” which originally appeared in LEGO® Rock Band, as well as “Hammer to Fall,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” “Now I’m Here,” “Tenement Funster” and “Play the Game,” which are new to Rock Band.

As always, songs available as downloadable content for Rock Band 3 feature five-button guitar and bass parts, drums, Pro Drums, and keys, Pro Keys and harmonies, where applicable. Some songs also feature Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrades available for an additional $0.99 upgrade download.
Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Dec. 7):

Queen Extravaganza Pack 01
“Hammer to Fall” X
“Keep Yourself Alive” X
“Now I’m Here” X
“Play the Game” X
“Tenement Funster” X
“We Are the Champions” (RB3 version)
“We Will Rock You” (RB3 version)

Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack
“I Want It All” (RB3 version) X
“I Want To Break Free” (RB3 version) X
“Killer Queen” (RB3 version) X
“One Vision” (RB3 version) X
“Somebody To Love” (RB3 version) X
“Under Pressure” (RB3 version) X
(All tracks are original master recordings)

(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Dec. 8)
These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack” and “Queen Extravaganza Pack 01” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

Price: $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per song $0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade $9.99, £4.99 UK, €7.99 EU (800 Microsoft Points, 1,000 Wii Points) for Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack $10.99, £5.99 UK, €8.99 EU (800 Microsoft Points, 1,100 Wii Points) for Queen Extravaganza Pack 01

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **
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