I’m finally getting around to catching up on all the E3 madness, and this is one of the things I wanted to pull together most for you guys. After going to both PAX East and E3, I learned that they are two completely different animals. PAX East is put on for fans of the games, who usually know what to expect from their favorite franchises. E3 on the other hand, has its hardcore fans in attendance, but also has to cater to business people that may not be familiar with storied franchises and video game companies, so they have to go much farther to leave an impression on people. Throughout all the madness and press that was going on, I considered myself EXTREMELY lucky to both get hands-on time with the new Rock Band 3 peripherals (details coming!) and to have a chance to sit down with Rock Band 3 Lead Designer Dan Teasdale (@delicousbees) and ask him the questions you asked.
And yes, for future reference, I will be getting an audio recorder so I can transcribe future conversations with Harmonix staff for the site, but to be honest, with all the surrounding noise at E3, I doubt it would have captured much of our conversation. I’ve didn’t ask him questions that have already been confirmed elsewhere (I’ll have post summarizing all the new Rock Band 3 features soon), as well as removed the questions that he can’t comment about (Jukebox mode, Pearl Jam, easy/medium charting changes).
So check out the Q&A I had with Dan, and let me know if there are any other questions you may have about the game. I’ll see what I can do to get them answered in the future!
Will there be support for the Stage Kit in Rock Band 3?
Will the ION Drum Rocker be compatible with Pro mode in Rock Band 3, and will Lefty Flip be possible?
Yes and yes.
Any options for real guitar interfacing through the MIDI controller?
As it currently exists, the only available options for Pro Guitar/Bass are using the Mustang and Squier controllers, however we are looking to seeing if this is feasible.
Will there be a strum limit in Rock Band 3?
There will be no strum limit. Rock Band 3 will feature smarter strum detection due to an increased familiarity with and a deeper understanding of consistency issues with both new and existing hardware.
Will the “shaky arrow vocals glitch” be fixed?
Will there be a vocals practice trainer?
Yes, it will be similar to the vocal trainer / practice mode in the Beatles game.
Will multiple vocal players be available over Xbox Live or PSN?
No. Latency issues makes this impossible, unfortunately.
Are there harmonies in the DLC we’ve gotten so far?
With the exception of Green Day, currently existing DLC does not have included harmonies due to the rights reserved during the licensing process.
Will the keyboard work with the tracks that have piano in Green Day: Rock Band if you export to Rock Band 3?
Harmonies are included and compatible with Rock Band 3, however the Green Day content technically counts as Rock Band 2 DLC, so there are no keyboards charts.
When will we start seeing Pro Keys compatible DLC?
DLC with Pro Keys charting will come out day and date of Rock Band 3, not before.
Is there a Pro Keys mode that doesn’t scroll?
Easy and Medium do not scroll. Hard and Expert do.
Lefty flip with Pro Keys?
Yes. It works the same as vocal lefty flip.
Will each instrument lane have their own speed based on their difficulty?
By default, all lanes will move at the same speed, as in Rock Band 2, however there will be a modifier that you can enable to have different lanes move at different speeds.
Will there be an Endless Setlist 3?
Will there be a “Bladder of Steel” achievement/trophy?
Not specifically, but there will be a “spiritual successor” to it.
Can we ever expect to see Metallica tracks in Rock Band again?
Artists that have their own titles such as Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen are not exclusive to any franchise. Eventually we may see more DLC from these artists in Rock Band.
“Try again with the Beatles: Will we have DLC? After enough times they’re sure to give in!”
“This is not one of those times.”
Will there ever be a resource to let us know what bands are more than likely never going to be on the Rock Band platform so we can stop requesting them?
There is no “blacklist” for songs coming to the library, so request away!
Will harmonies and keyboards be integrated into the RBN?
I can’t comment on future RBN features, but there will be more announcements concerning an RBN 2.0 later.
Will the RBN be finding it’s way on to the PS3/Wii/unsupported countries?
The limitations of independent developer programs on the other consoles and unsupported countries with Xbox 360 are issues that lie with Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, and very little we can do about.
Will the Wii support SDHC cards in Rock Band 3? Will we be able to export songs on the Wii?
Will Rock Band 2 export require a unique code to do?
Details on Rock Band 2 export have not been announced yet, as the possibility of export is still in process.
Will we be able to import our scores from Rock Band 2 to Rock Band 3?
The scoring system has been rewritten from a programming standpoint, so your scores will not carryover.