Rock Band 3 will feature 83 tracks on-disc in addition to the 1500+ songs that are currently available as DLC or via export from Rock Band 1, 2, LEGO Rock Band, the AC/DC track pack, and Green Day: Rock Band.
An important new feature is that it will now be easier to sort through all of your songs. You'll be able to filter your songs in a number of ways to show only the type of songs you are specifically looking for.
Rock Band 3 will allow up to 7 people to play at once - guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and three vocalists. The game will feature the ability to jump in / drop out of a song in progress as well as adjust the difficulty in the middle of a song. The career mode also will feature 700+ individual music skill-related goals to better showcase your own personal growth as a musician rather than featuring a pre-set story for you to follow.
All of your old Guitar Hero and Rock Band guitars, drums, and microphones are fully compatible with Rock Band 3. New for Rock Band 3 is the addition of a 25-key keyboard and a real six-string guitar. A MIDI adapter will also be available that will allow you to use a MIDI keyboard or drum set you already own with the game.
Pro Mode is the most interesting new addition to Rock Band 3. It will be available for drums, keyboard, and guitar, and is intended to teach people the skills required to play the real instruments in real life. The drums will add three cymbals to the four pads already present. As for the keyboard, well, piano/keyboard is pretty self explanatory how it will get more complicated.
The new guitars are full sized six-string guitars in one of two flavors - a Fender Mustang PRO simulated guitar that won't function as a real guitar, but will have 6 strings (not full length) to pick and 102 buttons on the neck, and a Squire Fender Stratocaster that will be a real, fully functioning guitar you could go from playing RB3 to plugging it into a real amplifier and keep playing.
Rock Band 3 will be released Fall 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS.
The game will retail for $59.99 by itself, but instruments and bundles will be priced as follows -
- Rock Band 3 Keyboard - $79.99
- Rock Band 3 Game / Keyboard Bundle - $129.99
- Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang PRO Guitar - $149.99
- Rock Band 3 PRO Cymbals Expansion Kit - $39.99
- Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO Adapter - $39.99
Pricing info for the Squire Fender Stratocaster RB3 Controller is not available at this time.