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Rock Band Unplugs For PSP

Harmonix and Backbone are teaming up for a portable version of Rock Band.

This is Ampltude, in case you were wondering.
Destination PlayStation 2009 is currently underway down in Arizona. This is a retailer-only conference where Sony slips some fresh details to store managers and other people involved in the sale of games. I suppose the thinking is that by giving out this sort of exclusive information to the retail sector, they get pumped and return to their stores and business primed and ready to push the PlayStation brand to their customers.

It sounds like the PSP is getting a sizable push at the conference, and the PSP version of Rock Band, titled Rock Band Unplugged, has been informally announced at the event. According to Primotech, which sounds like it's getting some leaked info from the conference, the game is being developed by Backbone Entertainment. It will feature tracks from Blink-182, Boston, Lit, Kansas, AFI, and more. It will also contain hooks for downloadable content through an online store.

The most interesting part is that the gameplay will be a lot like Harmonix's earlier releases for Sony, Frequency and Amplitude. Players will swap between different instrument tracks, complete phrases to trigger autoplay, and so on.

No release date has been confirmed, but expect it to hit this fall.
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Posted by Jeff
This is Ampltude, in case you were wondering.
Destination PlayStation 2009 is currently underway down in Arizona. This is a retailer-only conference where Sony slips some fresh details to store managers and other people involved in the sale of games. I suppose the thinking is that by giving out this sort of exclusive information to the retail sector, they get pumped and return to their stores and business primed and ready to push the PlayStation brand to their customers.

It sounds like the PSP is getting a sizable push at the conference, and the PSP version of Rock Band, titled Rock Band Unplugged, has been informally announced at the event. According to Primotech, which sounds like it's getting some leaked info from the conference, the game is being developed by Backbone Entertainment. It will feature tracks from Blink-182, Boston, Lit, Kansas, AFI, and more. It will also contain hooks for downloadable content through an online store.

The most interesting part is that the gameplay will be a lot like Harmonix's earlier releases for Sony, Frequency and Amplitude. Players will swap between different instrument tracks, complete phrases to trigger autoplay, and so on.

No release date has been confirmed, but expect it to hit this fall.
Posted by RoboRobb

Awesome!

Posted by BinaryDragon

What?!

Posted by LethalKi11ler

meh...
CF ftw xP

Posted by Drebin_893

Two lots of AFI? That's two more lots of AFI than should be there.

Posted by TurboMan

ANOTHER AMPLITUDE!


Sweet.... hopefully the rock band name will give it a bump
Posted by Hexpane

Frequency was godly, Amp ... not so much

Posted by Reetesh

Haha, the thing that GS did for 2008's April Fools, actually came true!

On a side note, I think the custom tracks feature will benefit a lot on the PS, with the easy saving and Sharing options!

Posted by sarahsdad

Got my fingers crossed.

Posted by PLWolf

I'm all over this!! Amplitude style gameplay with Rock Band and DLC attached to it? SOLD!!

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Posted by Bulby33

Wow, meh.

Posted by daniel_beck_90

Can not wait to rock in the subway !!!

Posted by JohnDudebro

Pretty much Amplitude, huh?


I'm not sure that gameplay would hold up in this day and age, but I guess we'll wait and see on it. Besides, it's pretty much without competition until Guitar Hero eventually makes its way to PSP.
Posted by LaszloKovacs

Amplitude? Yes, please.

Backbone developing and a weak tracklist? No, thanks.

Edited by Kohe321

Wait what? Rock Band on the PSP? Errh...

Posted by GobiasIndustries

That sounds pretty badass if it's like Amplitude

Posted by Media_Master

I wonder how you play all the instruments?

Edited by punkxblaze

Yay for watered down handheld versions!

Posted by icedturtle

One comment by Drebin 893? That's one more comment by Drebin 893 then there should be.

Posted by Jayge_

I won't buy it but... awesome that more games are coming to the PSP, whatever they may be.

Posted by hazzard4123

Uhhh... Jeff, Just a note, you put AFI twice.

Posted by Aaron_G

I think I would like this. 

Edited by Bucketdeth
hazzard4123 said:
"

Uhhh... Jeff, Just a note, you put AFI twice.

"

I think that was to point.
Posted by spiceninja

I could see myself really liking this.

Posted by Maxszy

This actually looks interesting. Looking forward to more information when it arrives!

Posted by REMOVE_NOZZLE

I'm intrigued.

Edited by headcase

Making it like Frequency makes a lot more sense than, say, putting a four button "fret-board" on the PSP and trying to pretend it's a guitar. Neat idea, but I don't use portable much (and only have a DS), so I'll stick to the real thing.


Er... realer thing.

Edit: Don't listen to Hexpane, Amplitude was awesome.
Just played both of 'em a week ago. Unfortunately my R2 button was busted so I switched up to L1 = left, X = middle, right = R1, which I guess will be the best setup on PSP?
Posted by TomA

Lol this was a Gamespot April fool's day thing last year!

Posted by Phished0ne

Pretty good man, if the track list is solid, and the DLC is along the same quality as the Rock Band DLC this will be a definate purchase for me. hmm Backbone has done a lot of downloadable games, maybe this will be a non-disc purchase...i hate carrying those damn UMDs with me..

Posted by RHCPfan24

Interesting. Needs a better track list as of now, but I am sure it will have a lot of great songs. Should be successful, given HMX's track record.

Posted by MattBodega

NICE! I loved Amplitude. I guess it makes sense why they're using the Rock Band Brand in the title, and I have to imagine that this game will work better than Guitar Hero:On Tour.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Two AFIs?

Hope they put some good music on here...

Posted by McQuinn

Amplitude YES!

Rock Band PSP NO!
Posted by jakob187

Dood...farkin A!!!

Posted by Dalai
Reetesh said:
"Haha, the thing that GS did for 2008's April Fools, actually came true!

On a side note, I think the custom tracks feature will benefit a lot on the PS, with the easy saving and Sharing options!
"
Is that Vinny I see rocking the mic?
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Posted by elektrixx

AFI and AFI? Oh god make it stop!

Posted by GioVANNI

What's hilarious is that this was last years April Fools joke at Gamespot.

Posted by foofighters1998

Cool, I really like Blink 182 and AFI. I hope they put AFI songs from 1995-2000, I think those are their greatest songs.

Posted by Sarkhan

Ok. After reading this, i have to "change" sides. I thought it where gonna be a button mashing kinda thing. But i LOVe Amplitude. so if the make it like that, hey! Im down for it.

Last request: GIVE REZ HD(OR NO HD) TO THE PSP!!

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Word. If they make it like Amplitude and use the face buttons instead of forcing a bunch of dinky instruments, it could succeed. I'm interested.

Posted by Kyle

amplitude FTW. I'm for it!

Posted by CodeMunki

I sold my PSP a couple of years ago and this is the first thing I've seen that makes me regret it. :(

Posted by Hughes

How the hell are you gonna play Rock Band on a PSP.

Posted by Snail

They got me curious alright. It kinda worked for the DS with Guitar Hero, granted.

Posted by TheJollyRajah

Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!


I fucking love Rockband. Rockband on the go is even better.
Posted by Emandudeguyperson

NICE.

Posted by Nettacki

@ Hughes:

By making it play like Frequency and Amplitude, apparently.

Posted by JJpenguin

And people say guitar hero are selling out...