Harmonix and MTV Games have announced that on June 17th, new music from The Offspring
and guitar-heavy tracks from Avenged Sevenfold
and Crooked X will be added to the Rock Band™
catalog of downloadable content.
Rock Band™ gamers will be among the first to hear and play "Hammerhead," the lead single from The Offspring's highly anticipated new album, Rise And Fall, Rage
And Grace, due in stores on June 17th. The album is The Offspring's first release of new material since 2003's Splinter
Fans of Huntington Beach, CA-based band Avenged Sevenfold will enjoy the dual guitar action on two of the band's newest and hardest-hitting songs—"Afterlife" and "Critical Acclaim," both of which appear on the group's latest album, Avenged Sevenfold
. The disc follows A7X's breakthrough release, 2005's City of Evil
, which earned them a Best New Artist Award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
In addition to featuring the best music from a host of platinum-selling acts, Rock Band™ also offers fans and players the chance to discover exciting new voices such as Crooked X. The Coweta, OK-based quartet has crunch-laden sound reminiscent of early Metallica
. It's also worth mentioning that the average age of the band's members is 13. Their song, "Rock N Roll Dream," is available for download at a special price of 99 cents (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).
The Offspring and Avenged Sevenfold tracks will be available for $1.99 each (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).
Release dates: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (Xbox LIVE® Marketplace); Thursday, June 19, 2008 (PLAYSTATION®Store)
"Afterlife" (Avenged Sevenfold)
"Critical Acclaim" (Avenged Sevenfold)
"Hammerhead" (The Offspring)
"Rock 'n' Roll Dream" (Crooked X)
(All tracks utilize the original master recordings)
*Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change *
With the addition of these tracks there are now more than 170 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc). Rock Band™ continues to fly off shelves and satisfy music fans and gamers' voracious appetite for rock as more than 10 million downloads have been purchased since its launch on November 20, 2007. The Rock Band™ Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band™ library.
Rock Band™ allows online play and features that expand the boundaries of music gaming. Rock Band™ downloadable content is playable and integrated into setlists in all game modes including: Solo Tour, Band World Tour, head-to-head competition either locally or online, and from any Quickplay mode. In order to play downloadable content for head-to-head matches or multiplayer online, all players must own the same downloadable track. Downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available for purchase via Xbox LIVE Marketplace using Microsoft Points and is downloaded directly to the Xbox 360 hard drive. Downloadable content for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system's version of Rock Band™ will be available for purchase on the PLAYSTATION®Store through the free PLAYSTATION Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system's built in hard drive.
Rock Band™ is rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.
For more information on Rock Band™ and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.