GUILDFORD, UK – 16th June, 2009 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), announced today that Rock Band Unplugged™ for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system will be available in retail stores across Europe beginning this week.
Developed by Harmonix in partnership with Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio, Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of players’ hands by combining traditional beatmatch gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band™ and Rock Band™2.
The game features 41 master recordings including nine songs new to the Rock Band music catalog that are exclusive to the PSP system for a limited time, spanning all genres of rock, from punk and metal to alternative and classic rock. Rock Band Unplugged also features the first in-game store for downloadable content on the PSP system leveraging the PSP system’s wireless capabilities and powered by PlayStation®Network. The first 10 DLC tracks available at the Rock Band Unplugged music store now are:
• 30 Seconds to Mars “The Kill”
• Belly “Feed the Tree”
• Disturbed “Inside the Fire”
• Lynyrd Skynyrd “Gimme Three Steps”
• Muse “Hysteria”
• Mute Math “Typical”
• No Doubt “Just a Girl”
• Oasis “Wonderwall”
• Paramore “Crushcrushcrush”
• Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge”
In Rock Band Unplugged your hands are the “peripherals,” allowing players to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition, players can capture a deep and interactive Rock Band experience by taking their band on the road in World Tour mode, practicing their chops in the Band Warmup Mode, or by taking on the most extreme musical challenge imaginable in Band Survival mode.
Rock Band Unplugged is available at a MSRP of €39.99 in Continental Europe and £29.99 in the United Kingdom. The game is rated 12+ by PEGI. Please visit www.pegi.info for rating information.