I've been seeing a pocket of online confusion from folks that are out there buying and playing Rock Band 2 today regarding the supposed Jukebox Mode. This mode was mentioned back at E3 and was designed to be a listening mode that would play the songs while polygonal rock dudes did their thing on-screen with no required interaction from the player.
Well, you can stop looking. It didn't make it to the final version of the game. Here's the statement from some of the documentation that was provided to reviewers:
NOTE: Jukebox Mode is a feature that was experimented with for Rock Band 2. Ultimately Harmonix and MTV Games believe it will ultimately enhance the Rock Band experience for players but we won't be rolling it out until we have it perfected.
Sounds like they're still working on getting it in there somewhere down the line. Ultimately. But what is there to "perfect" about this mode? Playing the music back doesn't seem like the sort of thing that would require a lot of heavy lifting. But then, that's why I write about games and don't make them, right?
Somewhere Axl Rose is thinking about the free Dr. Pepper he'll be drinking when his album finally drops this year and smirking because he knows this makes it a little harder for you to record Shackler's Revenge and send copies to all your hoodlum friends.