Rock Band 3 Trailer, Keyboards Confirmed

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As WPR’s resident Rock Band geek, imagine my happiness this morning when I woke up to find a RB3 trailer/feature before E3 has even kicked off. The game will be coming to 360, PS3 and Wii and DS this holiday season and as you might have guessed, will feature a new keyboard peripheral, which you can see in the trailer.

Like the other instruments, there will be a stream of notes on screen to press to. That being said, it is also a fully functioning MIDI keyboard and will lend all 25 keys to the game’s new pro mode. This will be a mode that is meant to be a stepping stone from plastic to reality. For example, with guitar, the colours will be replaced with tab numbers and where to strum. Two new guitar controllers being released, one being a fully functional Fender guitar. Of course, there’s no price for that yet.

The three part harmonies from The Beatles and Green Day Rock Band will also be making an appearance. Rock Band 3 will also be nicking some of the better features of recent Guitar Hero games, such as the ability to drop in and out of songs and to change difficulty and instrument without restarting the song being played. As for the music, there will be 83 songs, which is about the same amount as Rock Band 2, and songs seen in the trailer are The Doors’ Break On Through, Them Crooked Vultures’ Dead End Friends and finally, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Certainly the most important thing to note here would be the pro mode. I thought that something like it may happen after the PowerGig game was announced, and I wasn’t completely wrong. I did think that they would be a small peripheral that would let you play with any guitar but I suppose that wouldn’t be profitable. Whether the new mode will be any good will depend on the pricing of the two guitars. As for keyboards, it’s a nice addition but I couldn’t really see myself picking one up (keyboardists and drummers aren’t the sexy ones after all).

The best thing right now is to see what else we find out next week. It’s at least good to see that Harmonix are trying to do something about the staleness of this genre at the moment. You can find more information at USA Today.

UPDATE: Here is a partial setlist from USA Today. Italic songs are the ones I’m looking forward to.

2000s
Combat Baby — Metric
Dead End Friends — Them Crooked Vultures
Get Free — The Vines
Lasso — Phoenix
Me Enamora — Juanes
Oh My God — Ida Maria
Portions of Foxes — Rilo Kiley
The Hardest Button to Button — The White Stripes

1990s
Been Caught Stealing — Jane’s Addiction
In the Meantime — Spacehog
Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
Walkin’ on the Sun — Smash Mouth

1980s
Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
Here I Go Again — Whitesnake
I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett
Just Like Heaven — The Cure
Rainbow in the Dark — Dio
The Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
Sister Christian — Night Ranger

1960s-1970s
Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
Break On Through — The Doors
Crosstown Traffic — Jimi Hendrix

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