Rock Band is going to be heading to Japan with its own localized version. Harmonix is teaming up with Q Entertainment to help develop the game for Japan.
Fans can expect songs from popular Japanese acts and hopefully this content will end up as DLC for other territories.
No word on a release date, but Harmonix and MTV Games have their work cut out for them as Japan is the birthplace of the music game genre.
Press release after the jump.
Rock Band Goes to Japan
Harmonix and MTV to Partner with Q Entertainment for Rock Band: Japan
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - June 2, 2008 - Harmonix Music Systems, the
leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of
Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced today that
they will team up with Q Entertainment, a leading Japanese music game
designer, to bring the best-selling music videogame Rock Band to
Japan. The two studios will work together to develop the title,
marking the first US-originated rock music game to be heavily
localized for the Japanese market. The game will feature Japanese
musical acts as well as other localized assets.
Rock Band's return to the birthplace of rhythm games will
benefit from Q Entertainment's experience designing progressive
and engaging games many of which have a heavy focus on integrating
music elements into gameplay. Since its founding in 2003, Tokyo based
Q Entertainment has become a leader in rhythm oriented titles,
including the critically acclaimed music and luminary action puzzle
game series Lumines,and the recently released Extend Every Extra
Extreme (E4) and Rez HD for Xbox Live.
Today's announcement was also featured Saturday at the 2008 MTV
Video Music Awards - Japan, where a Rock Band trailer was presented.
The US-version of Rock Band was also prominently featured backstage
and at the afterparty, giving Japanese attendees a taste of
what's to come in the newly announced title.
Rock Band, which has sold over 3 million units in North America
and Europe, is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to
interact with music. The game challenges players to put together a
band and tour for fame and fortune, mastering lead/bass guitar, drums
and vocals.With more master recordings than any other music game,
Rock Band features some of the world's biggest rock artists
and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic
rock to heavy metal and punk.
Rock Band is a true music platform, with over 12 million songs
sold as downloadable content since its initial release. There are
currently over 140 songs available for download in the Rock Band
Music Store and Harmonix continues to release new music every week.
Since its North American release in 2007, Rock Bandhasgarnered
over 40 awards including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007and
three awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards
including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year,
and Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.