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Rock Band 3 designer leaves studio, now working on “ridiculously cool project”

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Announcing his departure via Twitter and a blog post, Dan Teasdale, senior designer at Harmonix and lead designer on Rock Band 3, has left the studio and taken a position at Twisted Pixel Games, which is known for Splosion Man, The Maw and the upcoming Comic Jumper.

Teasdale notes that while Rock Band 3 has not been released yet, it is “design complete and on the final path to 0 bugs, GM and distribution.”

"I want to be able to help drive the vision and direction of a game," writes Teasdale. "But at the same time be hands on and physically implement and iterate on the low level of making games in a more substantial way than time affords me when working as a lead on multi-hundred person titles."

He adds that this is nothing that can be done easily on a AAA title with more than 200 people working on it. Teasdale will now work on a “ridiculously cool new project” which will have a “close knit superteam”.

Rock Band 3 is set for release this holiday for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS.

In other news: Rock Band “Clearwater” DLC, Puzzle Agent Demo, Dead Rising 2 in Australia and Eye of Judgment closing

A monster twelve-pack from southern rockers Credence Clearwater Revival will be gracing Rock Band next week. The tracks will be available starting July 11 and will cost $1.99 a piece of $19.99 for the whole pack. Below are the songs:

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Pack 01

    • "Bad Moon Rising" +
    • "Born on the Bayou" +
    • "Down on the Corner" +
    • "Fortunate Son (Original Version)" +
    • "Green River" +
    • "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" +
    • "Lookin’ Out My Back Door" +
    • "Proud Mary" +
    • "Run Through the Jungle"
    • "Travelin’ Band" +
    • "Up Around the Bend" +
    • "Who’ll Stop the Rain" +

    All tracks are original master recordings. Those marked with a + will also come to LEGO Rock Band.

Meanwhile, The Eye of Judgment players are out of luck as the PlayStation Eye-enabled game will have its online support ended on September 30. The game is now over three years old, and this closure is not a surprise considering the abysmal support it has received since its release.

The Aussies finally get a break! The country’s ratings board, the OFLC, has classified Dead Rising 2 for release with an MA15 rating. The good news? It will be released uncut and unedited. The game is due out at the end of September on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Finally, a demo for Puzzle Agent can be found puzzling its way around the Internet. The 182MB download can be found on FileShack, AtomicGamer and the game’s official website.

Toby Keith Six-pack in Rock Band

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that Toby Keith will make his Rock Band debut through six tracks on the online music store this week. Keith is one of the major players in the music industry and has sold more than 25 million albums this century.

The six-pack features a compilation of his most popular songs spanning his entire career including his first number-one hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”. The other songs are “How Do You Like Me Now”, “Beer For My Horses”, “Who’s Your Daddy”, “I Love This Bar” and “She’s a Hottie”.

Each track will cost $1.99 (160 points), with the six pack going for $9.99 (800 points).

Rock Band Earns $1B in America

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.

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in Rock Band

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).

Pearl Jam to be Celebrated in Rock Band

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.

Ghostbusters Tune in Rock Band

Speaking to Eurogamer, Ray Parker Jr. revealed that he is currently working on getting the original Ghostbusters theme into Rock Band’s library of playable music.

“We were just talking about that, we’re working on it now,” he said. “I think they should have Ghostbusters in Rock Band.”

It would be awesome to play the Ghostbusters tune with a bunch of friends over.

Rock Band Gets Funky

Seeing as how it’s the end of the week, Harmonix, staying true to their tradition, has revealed the next batch of downloadable content for its multi-instrument music games Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

Due out on March 17 and 19 on Xbox 360 and PS3, respectively, is the “Get the Funk Out” track pack that offers three pieces of funk music: Average White Band – "Pick Up the Pieces", Earth Wind & Fire – "Shining Star" and James Brown – "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine – Pt 1".

They will also release the following songs individually: Against Me! – "Thrash Unreal", The New Pornographers – "All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth" and “Use It”, Papa Roach – "Last Resort" and “Lifeline”.

The track pack will cost 440 Microsoft points ($5.50) and individual tracks 160 points ($2).

Beatles Rock Band to Feature Never-before Released Material

According to Dhani Harrison, son of The Beatles band member George Harrison, the upcoming Beatles-themed Rock Band game will feature never-before released material from the legendary band. Harrison revealed this in a recent Billboard interview.

"I took the project to Apple and sort of convinced everybody to have a presentation," he said. "We’ve been working on it for the past two years. This is the first one that is going to be totally, historically accurate. It’s been a real headache, but it’s been the most enjoyable work I’ve done in my life."

The Beatles: Rock Band is set for release on September 9 on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

White Zombie and Turbonegro in Rock Band

Marking the addition of awesome metal to Rock Band’s setlist, Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that three new tracks from White Zombie and Turbonegro are headed our way next week.

“More Human than Human” and “Black Sunshine” from White Zombie will be released. This is Rob Zombie’s band before he went solo. In addition, “Wasted Again” from Norwegian punk band Turbonegro will be available too.

To be available starting Tuesday on Xbox Live and Thursday on PlayStation Store, the songs will cost $1.99 (160 Microsoft points) per track.