Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Rock Band DLC Pricing

From Gamespot:
Rock Band will still feature pre-selected three-song packs for download, but they will instead cost $5.49 (440 Microsoft points on Xbox 360). Songs will also be available individually for $1.99. Harmonix has said future songs will be sold individually for as little as $.99 (80 Microsoft points), and as much as $2.99 (240 points). However, "the vast majority" will come in at the standard $1.99 price point. The developer did not say how much full-album downloads would be, or when the first albums would be released.

Harmonix also detailed its release schedule for the first five weeks after Rock Band launches. The opening week will be highlighted by track packs from Metallica, The Police, and Queens of the Stone Age, with individual songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Foreigner, T-Rex, and more. Downloaded tracks will be integrated into all of the game's modes, and will be playable online only if all players have purchased the songs.

You can see the exact release schedule here.

I would have really liked to have seen the songs at $1.49 each, but the song packs are cheaper than Guitar Hero DLC and they include two additional note tracks (drums and vocal). It's hard to complain about that.

What band is worth $2.99 a song (at the top end of the pricing scale)? I don't know, but I'm hoping that it's someone who's never been included before--like Led Zeppelin. And it will be a very tough sell at that price, no matter the band.

No word on album content, but I hope Who's Next hasn't been delayed.

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