Tiffany AKA ElektraFi was able to steal John Drake away from the madness that is PAX to ask John the questions you guys and gals submitted. Unlike my conversation with him at PAX East, Tiffany got the entire thing on video, and thus I’m including it below.
I’m also including the questions asked and John’s paraphrased responses (with links directly to the instance in the video) after the video, so check that out if that’s your thing!
Nothing’s currently planned, but never say never.
See Beatles DLC above.
If you play a friend’s setlist, and you are missing a song, Rock Band 3 will give you the option to buy the song so you can complete the setlist. John also commented that “I’m also fairly confident we didn’t solve the problem to the community’s liking,” but said that he will find out more from Brian Chan, as there may have been a few things he may have been inadvertently leaving out.
Online works the same as normal band career, so yes.
It’s more challenges than a linear tour. The nice thing is that no matter where you play (quickplay, trainer, challenges, etc.), when you sign your band in, you’re constantly racking up a score for your band, similar to leveling up in an RPG.
You can’t have a fifth player scored in your band, as each instrument needs to be assigned to a controller, with a max of four, so the fifth non-scoreable player by default becomes the vocalist in the “All Instruments Mode.”
More details soon, but the options make it so you can change MUCH more than in previous titles. I’ve heard there are additional details in this month’s Edge magazine, so definitely pick that up.
Yes, most of the character assets and pre-fabs will be updated for the new visual styles and carried over.
Animation style has been removed from the character creator, as the animation style for the characters will be more closely tied to the song itself.
There’s still some confusion, so John said he will check, as he’s seen some Rock Band 3 builds with 4 and some with 5 characters on screen. (Tommy to send an email to remind John.)
There’s some confusion around the answer to this question, so go check out John’s response.
Characters are stored in the save game data, so you’ll be able to do that by only restoring someone else’s save game on your machine.
Exports for all three consoles, and like Rock Band 1, there may a few songs that cannot be exported due to re-licensing issues. More details from Harmonix in the next few days.
DLC pricing for normal charts (including keys) will remain the same, but there may be an additional fee for Pro-charts (specifically Pro-guitar and Pro-bass).
More news coming in the next few weeks regarding this.
They will be available to purchase once the exclusivity period has ended (no word on how long that may be).
Mustang yes, Squier no.
There’s always a possiblity in the future, however it’s probably not going to happen for a number of reasons (John explains perfectly in the video).
Sylvain is writing a ‘Zine article on RockBand.com coming out soon about game modifiers, but John did give us this:
“There’s a mode in Rock Band 3 where you can turn on a modifier… so you know how the finger wave shows you where your index finger is, if I remember, and the rest is just a shape? There’s a mode that you can turn on that will actually show you where every finger should be in the shape, so it will for a power chord, or for a bar chord, it will say, if you’re on the fourth fret, fours for everything except for the notes that are higher, it will have sixes for those and fives for the ones above that. So it gets really complicated. We show you the position of every single fret in that chord. The reason we didn’t include that in the normal mode of the game, is because it is terrifying! It is like hundreds of notes and numbers screaming down the screen at you. It’s like if you’re a real pro-guitar player, you’ll be totally used to it, but if you’re not, it’s like unfathomably complicated. The design team did a lot of work and did a great job. I’m excited about it. But that modifier is there if you’re trying to figure out something.”
Since the announcement of the Rock Band Pro feature, have there been any changes in how bands react, when approached about licensing their songs for the games? Meaning: Have bands, that weren’t going to have anything to do with rhythm games now become open to being in Rock Band, just because of the Pro-Feature?
Not yet. Hopefully after launch.
He will check and get back to us.
John is pretty sure there is, but will double check.
Very similar, and will be fine tuned.
Not in the video here, but yes.