People have seen the innovations planned for Rock Band 3, and they want them in their RBN tracks! Harmonix has heard the community, and has unveiled some details today on what will be Rock Band Network 2.0.
In a statement from Matthew Nordhaus on the Creators site today, Harmonix wants to keep the “RBN toolset on par with our internal audio team, and continue to let you build top-quality content that exceeds the standards of our competition.”
So what new features can we look forward to with RBN 2.0?
- Pro Drums: RBN 2.0 will add cymbal gems as well as a few enhancements to streamline the audio submixes
- Keys and Pro Keys: Full support of the new Keys peripheral will be available in both regular (5-lane) and Pro Keys authoring flavors
- Vocal harmonies: Three part harmonies will be arriving.
- Optional inclusion: All of these features will be optionally supported by RBN 2.0, and each song may implement as many or as few of them as the creators wish.
- Audition mode updates: The exact feature set is not final, but the following enhancements are scheduled to be included:
- Practice Sections: full support for named and placed practice sections, plus the ability to check them in Audition mode. Auto generated practice sections will still be an option.
- Rewind while you are auditioning a song.
- Custom camera controls to allow you to view specific band members during audition mode (to check animations, lip sync, etc.)
- Dramatically improved auto-generation for the venue track.
There will be additional enhancements added as well, and will prioritize after the inclusion of the above features including skipping to song sections, feedback for audio mixing issues, fixing store audio preview bugs, improved Magma error reporting and MIDI validation, guide audio for vocals, and more. While these are in no way confirmed for inclusion, community feedback will be instrumental in the prioritizing of the requested features.
So… what’s missing? Pro Guitar. Harmonix considered supporting this feature very carefully, but ultimately decided they cannot support Pro Guitar for RBN at this time based on several reasons:
- The way that Pro Guitar DLC is implemented in Rock Band 3, it would have been substantial work to add to the pipeline for both Harmonix and Microsoft.
- It is extremely time consuming to author, to the point that it might be just as time consuming to author a Pro Guitar part as it would be to author the rest of the track.
- Peer Reviewing any Pro Guitar songs would be problematic due to the fact that we will be building a brand new install base of Pro Guitar players at launch.
It is important to note that this decision was not made lightly, and will be revisited in 6-12 months if the supply and demand from the community and Creators can be met effectively and efficiently.
When can we look forward to these new features?
- RBN2.0 Documentation and Reaper Templates are planning to be released prior to the RB3 ship date (October 26th).
- Magma 2.0 and RBN 2.0 Audition mode (added to Rock Band 3 360 with a patch) will be released shortly after Rock Band 3 ships.
- A beta version of the Creators site that handles RBN 2.0 songs will be available for song submissions in early 2011.
- RBN2 content will start to appear in the Rock Band 3 store at the end of Q1 2011.
In the announcement, Harmonix did note that Rock Band 3 will support existing, and any newly created RBN content, from Day 1, as well.
UPDATE: The contest will stop taking submissions on September 10, 2010!
Hey guys and girls, the members of the Creator’s website are always trying to come up with ways to interest others to join the team. One of the most in demand positions on the site is the playtester. We never seem to have enough testers, so this competition is going to open the doors to give everyone an opportunity to experience playtesting and join the community.
The contest is simple; just watch the videos of a sample song (see below) and perform a playtest just like you would on the Creators site. The difference of course being that in a real playtest you would be able to actually play the game, but this is the closest we can do for now.
Check out the full details after the break.
- Amberian Dawn – Kokko – Eagle of Fire (160 MSP)
- Ashland Court – Hell’s Sweet Hands (80 MSP)
- Evile – Devoid of Thought (160 MSP)
- iwrestledabearonce – You Ain’t No Family (160 MSP)
- Moses Tucker – Damn Good Man (160 MSP)
- Mystic Syntax – Flesh Pull (80 MSP)
- Sunny Day Real Estate – Song About an Angel (160 MSP)
- Texas in July – Uncivilized (160 MSP)
- The Fire Violets – Fence Jumper (160 MSP)
- The Get Up Kids – Your Petty Pretty Things (160 MSP)
Even before I explain what this is, I have to give a massive shout out to Diablocon on Scorehero for compiling the following information from the Gamescom video released by Harmonix today. He pulled the difficulty ratings for each instruments for most of the Rock Band 3 songs (with a few exceptions where the screen was obscured)!
He also notes the following items:
- Of these songs, 14 don’t have keys.
- Of these songs, only one doesn’t have guitar.
- The Who are now the only band to have been in every numbered Rock Band game. However they are tied for most on disc appearances with the Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi if you count LEGO Rock Band.
The list is long (83 songs long), so I’ve included it after the jump!