Speaking to Bits Byets Pixels & Sprites, a Harmonix rep confirmed
that Rock Band
instruments will not
be sold separately from the game until 2008. In other words, if you were planning on buying a copy of the game and a set of drums separately, you're out of luck. If you want Rock Band
this year, you'll be paying $170 for the whole kit and kaboodle. The rep gave two reasons for this. First, creating multiple bundles would increase costs and lead to fewer bundles being available at launch. Second, retailers aren't exactly keen to have 3 different (and large) versions of Rock Band
clogging their shelf space.
The rep also speaks about a few other issues, the most pressing of which is probably DLC pricing, a hot topic
among Guitar Hero II
fans. The rep is quick to point out that Rock Band
tracks require more development than Guitar Hero
tracks, as there are more instruments to be dealt with. In other words, we're expecting they won't be cheap, though the rep explains that there are many ways to pick and choose DLC. For instance, whole albums will be available as well as single songs, and there may be special offers for those that purchase multiple tracks. DLC is expected to arrive every week after the game ships through the end of the year, starting with The Who's Who's Next
. Finally, the game is expected to have nearly 50 songs on the retail disc, not including bonus unlockables.