After months of speculation and an accidental reveal via GDC slide notes, Rock Band creators Harmonix and Lego Star Wars/Batman/Indiana Jones creators TT Games have officially announced that 2009 will see the release of a Lego branded Rock Band for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS.
Why Lego? As it turns out, the game is being positioned as a way to take Rock Band‘s suggestive metal posturing and give it family-friendly smiley-face accessibility, with “classic favourites suitable for younger audiences” like:
Blur: “Song 2”;
Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”;
Europe: “The Final Countdown”;
Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”;
Pink: “So What”
As for the Lego integration itself, apart from being able to customize your minifig-avatars (as well as your roadies, managers, and crew) as you’ve classically been able to do, the studios say that instead of mimicing real-world venues, the game’s performances will take place at “venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the imaginative settings that the Lego world offers.”
I have to admit: I’m as excited for this as I have been for any of the franchise’s other iterations, despite the toned down approach, though if it doesn’t have guitars smashing into a handful of 1×1 bricks, both Harmonix and TT are a little bit dead to me.
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