MTV Games and EA today announced that the Rock Band franchise has officially surpassed $1 billion in North American retail sales in 15 months, citing figures by the NPD Group. In addition, over 40 million paid individual songs have been sold via download through the online platform; there are a total of 600 songs available in the catalog.
Rock Band was launched back in November 20, 2007 and has sold millions of units. Its sequel was released earlier last year and built upon the original. The franchise is the first to start full album downloads on PS3 and Xbox 360, which quite a few bands have taken advantage of, including Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Megadeth and Rush.
Developer Insomniac has revealed that the first bit of downloadable content for Resistance 2 will be released today alongside a new patch.
The “Aftermath Map Pack” will offer three new multiplayer maps for the shooter – Aftermath, Pit Stop and Orick. There will also be six new skins for multiplayer characters, including two female models, each going for $0.99. The map pack will sell for $5.99.
Meanwhile, a free v1.50 patch will add two new multiplayer modes – Meltdown Mode and Superhuman Co-op – as well as bug fixes and the ability for a second player to log into their PSN account on the same console.
Harmonix seems to be a big fan of classics, as they have announced that Journey’s jukebox classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” is coming to Rock Band.
The song is coming most probably in next week’s batch of DLC, which hits March 31. It is expected to carry the traditional pricing of 160 Microsoft points ($2).
To honor the re-release of Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten”, Rock Band, MTV, MTV2, VH1 and VH1 Classic are teaming up to roll out a two-week long lineup of content that celebrates the band, its success and its debut in Rock Band as downloadable content.
Putting aside MTV and VH1’s tributes, gamers will get the “Ten” album – which has sold 12 million copies – as downloadable content in Rock Band and Rock Band 2 on March 24. In addition, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron will sit down for a Game With Fame session on Friday, March 27 at 7pm ET. Those with a Xbox Live Gold account can go up against him by sending a friend request to “Pearl Jam GWF” and be online half an hour before at 6.30pm ET.
The “Ten” album was released back on August 27, 1991. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 12 million copies.
EA sent out word that a new multiplayer mode for The Godfather 2 will be released as a free downloadable patch right after the game’s release on April 7 in North America and April 10 in Europe.
Called “Don Control”, the mode will take the strategic gameplay of the title into an online environment where players build a family, command them in battle and view the action from a bird’s eye view from above. Here’s more:
Don Control introduces an additional layer of gameplay on top of the four multiplayer modes and six maps already available in the game and invites players to compete to see who is the ultimate Don of Dons. Players can now challenge one another in 16-player battles for their in-game currency from the single-player game. As a Don online, players can recruit others to join their family by giving them a cut of the profits. But if a player loses as Don, the in-game currency they wagered will be removed in their single-player campaign and their empire can come crumbling down.
The Godfather 2 is being released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Developer Bethesda has released a trailer for its upcoming “The Pitt” DLC for action-RPG epic Fallout 3.
The content will arrive March 24 for PC and Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft points ($10).
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Nerds rejoice! Stan Bush’s ballad “The Touch” from the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie will soon be available as a free download for Guitar Hero World Tour, according to a letter from the artist.
It wasn’t mentioned when the track would hit, though.
Valve today announced that the first in-game DLC has hit Steam in the form of two expansion levels for The Maw.
Publishers can now sell their content from within the game rather than only through Steam’s storefront.
"DLC can now be added to any game on Steam, regardless of whether it was originally purchased via Steam, at retail, or via other digital outlets," the company stated. "It is also a feature of Steamworks, the suite of free tools and services available to game developers and publishers."
The two levels are “Brute Force” and “River Redirect”, both of which are now available for purchase for $1.25 each.
Sega has announced a batch of DLC for its critically acclaimed strategy RPG Valkyria Chronicles, revealing that three pieces of downloadable content will be released, each slated to arrive sometime this spring.
- Hard EX Mode – fight your way once again through the entire Imperial army, where the enemies are more lethal and your main tank Edelweiss is unavailable. You’ll have to be more strategic in order to overcome your opponents.
- Edy’s Mission "Enter the Edy Detachment" – six members have been separated from Squad 7 and on their journey to reunite with their squad, they stumble upon a tiny village under attack by the Imperial Army. Play as Edy and command your outnumbered team to defend the small village from annihilation.
- Selvaria’s Mission "Behind Her Blue Flame"- Taking place right after the outbreak of Gallian battle lines, you play as Johann, a young and meek engineer assigned to Selvaria’s troop. See the action as it unfolds behind enemy lines and see the war play out through the eyes of the enemy.
No pricing was mentioned in the announcement.
Square Enix today announced that the first in a series of three previously announced add-on scenarios for Final Fantasy XI will be available for purchase on March 23.
Dubbed “A Crystalline Prophecy – Ode to Life Bestowing”, the DLC will be available exclusively for online purchase through the PlayOnline viewer and will cost £7.99.
Masato Kato, who created stories and scenarios for the game, has led the creation of these content packages. The other two – “A Moogle Kupo d’Etat” and “A Shantotto Ascension” – will be released later this year.