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  • AC/DC Officially coming to Rock Band…via retail, not DLC

    Posted on September 30th, 2008 Shawn 2 comments

    Ok, some awesome (and not-so awesome) news outta the Harmonix camp today.  Joystiq and New York Times are reporting that 18 AC/DC songs from their Live at Donnington DVD will be released for Rock Band in early November.  Sweet, yes (Scott you must be running out to buy your Xbox 360 now) .  It will be available for all platforms.  But there’s a catch.  It’s a Track Pack (AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack).  Do you know what that means?

    That means, it’s not downloadable content, it’s a new disc.  Why, why why?  Why would you make Xbox 360 and PS3 users buy another Rock Band disc?  Everyone is crapping on what Activision has down with the Guitar Hero series (i.e. Guitar Hero III, Guitar Hero Aerosmith, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero Metallica (rumor), Guitar Hero Hendrix (rumor).  All on seperate discs….too much media and too much cost.

    I have no problems paying $30 for some solid AC/DC.  I am very excited for this content.  But, I really don’t want to use another disc.  Please make it DLC for 360 and PS3 users.

    I hope at worst case, we only need to insert the disc once and copy the tracks to our 360.

    Ok, let me turn the tables for one minute.  Now, we know that Rock Band DLC generally consists of just the music and charts, but doesn’t contain any new arenas, charaters, instruments or clothing.  If this track pack gave us something more than just 18 AC/DC songs, such as the actual Donnington arena and possibly some Angus Young clothing or a Gibson SG (Angus’ guitar) for our characters….that would be very cool.  Though, all this could (and should) still be made as DLC.

    Rant over.  What say you?  Are you craving some AC/DC?  Will to treck to your local Wal-Mart (or other retailer of choice) and pick this up?

    UPDATE1: The content from the disc will be importable to Rock Band and Rock Band 2 for 360 and PS3 users.  So, that means you will only have to use the disc one time.

    UPDATE2: It’s going to be $40 for 360 and PS3.  I think that’s a bit pricey for only 18 songs.  Even by XBox Marketplace full price of $2 a download standards, this is overpriced.  I’m likely to hold off until there is a clearance sale, if that’s going to be the price.  You?


    2 responses to “AC/DC Officially coming to Rock Band…via retail, not DLC” RSS icon

    • Before reading your updates, first thought was no way. I refuse to buy another disc and have to swap in and out. This has to be given as DLC.

      After the update, one question…what’s to stop a group of people, say a band, from going in on one disc and simply pass/mail it around for d/l?

    • There is a registration key on the disc. Great idea you have, but looks like EA got this one covered. Damn InfoSec guys!

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