About a month and a half ago, our friends at Harmonix took a break from their ceaseless promotion of The Beatles: Rock Band (our review will post next week) to announce the Rock Band Network (henceforth referred to as RBN). The RBN will enable the owners of rights to music - meaning the artists themselves, record labels, or some other legally binding third party - to convert songs into playable tracks in Rock Band for gamers to download (earning themselves a share of the revenue in the process).
Right now E3, the biggest of the many annual gaming news conventions and expos, is happening out in Los Angeles. And while we tend to find such affairs increasingly tiresome, this year's edition - which has already yielded one bit of very good news - brings us a much-needed update on one of the few upcoming games that matters, The Beatles Rock Band, from our good friends at Harmonix
The official announcement will be made this morning in conjunction with the big E3 convention in LA, but the Times has leaked that a new GNR tune called "Shackler's Revenge" will be the big hook on the new MTV/Harmonix release of Rock Band 2, coming this fall. Not only that, the venerable Times has allowed itself to get caught up in the game of, "no, really, this time it REALLY MEANS they're gonna release Chinese Democracy.