Wait, Really? Rock Band 3 To Support A Keytar?

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

 Also of note to all you harmonizers out there--there are three mics in that logo.

Ars Technica's "mole"--a solid secret informer who has often slipped out good information ahead of proper announcements--has informed Ars that Rock Band 3 will support an instrument with keys, but it won't be a keyboard as the Rock Band 3 logo screen buried within the Rock Band: Green Day demo seemingly teased. Think keytar, the digital shredder of choice for any proper glam metal band. 

The mole also pointed out that Mad Catz would be the sole company behind the manufacture of the instruments alongside the rest of the game's plastic necessities, as previous reports implied. In an interesting twist, though, the guitar might get some sort of realistic boost; the mole told Ars that Rock Band 3 will ship with a "pro" mode that somehow teaches users how to play the real thing, which seemingly indicates that the Mad Catz hardware might be more lifelike.  

Take this with a grain of salt, regardless of the mole's reliability. MTV and Harmonix are remaining silent, and as of yesterday's report, are encouraging us to "stay tuned" for Rock Band 3 announcements at E3. I think I might just do that. You know, pay attention to E3. I heard that was a big thing.

#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

 Also of note to all you harmonizers out there--there are three mics in that logo.

Ars Technica's "mole"--a solid secret informer who has often slipped out good information ahead of proper announcements--has informed Ars that Rock Band 3 will support an instrument with keys, but it won't be a keyboard as the Rock Band 3 logo screen buried within the Rock Band: Green Day demo seemingly teased. Think keytar, the digital shredder of choice for any proper glam metal band. 

The mole also pointed out that Mad Catz would be the sole company behind the manufacture of the instruments alongside the rest of the game's plastic necessities, as previous reports implied. In an interesting twist, though, the guitar might get some sort of realistic boost; the mole told Ars that Rock Band 3 will ship with a "pro" mode that somehow teaches users how to play the real thing, which seemingly indicates that the Mad Catz hardware might be more lifelike.  

Take this with a grain of salt, regardless of the mole's reliability. MTV and Harmonix are remaining silent, and as of yesterday's report, are encouraging us to "stay tuned" for Rock Band 3 announcements at E3. I think I might just do that. You know, pay attention to E3. I heard that was a big thing.

#2 Posted by TDot (303 posts) -

keeeetar

#3 Posted by dezvous (546 posts) -

More peripherals!

#4 Posted by SilenceUK (329 posts) -

god i hope not
#5 Posted by masternater27 (918 posts) -

I'm sure Alex N. over at screened would know!

#6 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

Mad Catz? well, they make good sticks now at least

#7 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5256 posts) -

Man is Jeff behind you guys cracking the whip? You guys are pumping out article left and right and it is awesome! 
  
I'm pretty excited for RB3 and the addition of a keyboard just sounds awesome.

#8 Posted by CastroCasper (1301 posts) -

Nice, I was wondering how it was gonna work, a keytar would make perfect sense.

#9 Posted by TobyD81 (1227 posts) -

Okay, that's all fine and good, but how many songs are going to use it? Need more details...

#10 Posted by gunslingerNZ (1903 posts) -

Oh god another piece of plastic junk!
 
Hopefully they include this song in the game then:
 

#11 Posted by raiz265 (2239 posts) -

so its a reverse rockband-guitar?

#12 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

I'm pree sure it's called something else... but Keetar sounds fun.

#13 Posted by gbrading (2032 posts) -

Now I have heard everything. This is getting frankly ridiculous. I could endorse a keyboard, but a keytar? Seriously now. Coming next, Sitar and Tambura peripherals!
#14 Posted by hagridore (500 posts) -

Nnnoooooo!

#15 Posted by RoujinX (419 posts) -

Finally, proper Rush songs on Rockband. 
#16 Posted by Landon (4143 posts) -

lol wut?

#17 Edited by angelfan91 (892 posts) -
@RoujinX:
Yes, it bugs the hell out ouf me when I play Tom Sawyer and there's tambourine.
#18 Posted by Ben_H (3355 posts) -

 

  
You all know you want keytars.
#19 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -
@RoujinX said:
" Finally, proper Rush songs on Rockband.  "
It's only proper if I can play the keytar with my feet, while playing guitar.
#20 Posted by Crono (2667 posts) -

If only Mad Catz was spelled with an 'S' would be easy to spoof it as "Mad Scat" scat meaning feces of course... like the products they sell.  Damn you Mad Catz for having that crazy cool Z fails afe!

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#21 Posted by RoujinX (419 posts) -
@Elazul said:
" @RoujinX said:
" Finally, proper Rush songs on Rockband.  "
It's only proper if I can play the keytar with my feet, while playing guitar. "

Imagine the youtube possibilities!
#22 Posted by ParaParaKing (104 posts) -

No, thank you. 
 
Let's run the rhythm game genre into the ground.

#23 Posted by Milkman (16782 posts) -

Oh hell yes.

#24 Posted by rojano17 (32 posts) -

Oh man, playing final countdown while dancing around like Gob is a dream come true

#25 Posted by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

Ohhhh fuck yea.

#26 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@rojano17 said:
" Oh man, playing final countdown while dancing around like Gob is a dream come true "
You expect the guy in the $5,000 suit to use a cheap, fake instrument? Come on!
 
Besides, it should be a regular keyboard to play "Cold as Ice."
#27 Edited by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

That's a disappointment if it was an actual keyboard they could put in tons of piano music  
The keytar ((let alone a fake plastic keytar)) is the dorkiest thing ever sorry Canada

#28 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

I already have a 10 key keytar thanks to Rock Band :|. Looks like a small plastic guitar, though. Hmm.

#29 Posted by Bam_D_Leprechaun (795 posts) -

oh god yes

#30 Edited by Imensae (139 posts) -

Yes! God Yes
More of this please
  

#31 Posted by XivSpew (48 posts) -

As someone who is pictured 75% of the time on the internet flailing around on stage holding a keytar, i could not be more thrilled.  COULD NOT.

#32 Posted by MisterMouse (3553 posts) -

i think a normal key board would be cool...

#33 Posted by Kenobi (375 posts) -

So Nicholson is with Giantbomb now?  Crazy awesome.

#34 Posted by AzNRicky (7 posts) -

Keytar ftw!

#35 Posted by InfamousBIG (3201 posts) -

Oh, that kind of keytar.  Wait, what?

#36 Posted by ArkHunter (46 posts) -

Now will they give you free back compat on songs that should have keyboard support that  are already out?

#37 Posted by fox01313 (5072 posts) -

I expect the next Rock Band after 3 (#4 or whatever it's called if they skipped the # at the end), will just involve all the instruments tied together like some wierd madcap one man band so you can play all the instruments available but not very well.

#38 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

Finally the greatest instrument from the 80s gets the respect it deserves.

#39 Posted by Mikewrestler5 (602 posts) -
@ParaParaKing said:
" No, thank you.  Let's run the rhythm game genre into the ground. "
This.
#40 Posted by Nighthawk871 (53 posts) -

  I'll wait for the theremin  peripheral. Also: needs more cowbell.  

#41 Posted by iShayman (91 posts) -

I was hoping it was gonna be an accordion, They Might Be Giants in Rock Band would be sweet.

#42 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3727 posts) -

Screw the keytar, I want a keyboard/piano.  Guitars are nice and all, but I want my Rock Band: Elton John, and I want to download new tracks from Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Randy Newman, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.  And think of the awesome classical tracks!  
 
Lastly, 80s glam rock sucked HARD.  If we're going to be rocking to 80s tracks, please let it be synth-based keyboard friendly stuff like Depeche Mode.

#43 Posted by ChrisTaran (1608 posts) -
@SpaceInsomniac said:
" Screw the keytar, I want a keyboard/piano.  Guitars are nice and all, but I want my Rock Band: Elton John, and I want to download new tracks from Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Randy Newman, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.  And think of the awesome classical tracks! 
Exactly how I feel.
#44 Posted by Slab64 (1055 posts) -

With the rise of motion controllers, some kind of theremin support could be a possibility (okay, probably not, just sayin it would be doable)

#45 Posted by ImperiousRix (2963 posts) -
@SpaceInsomniac said:
" Screw the keytar, I want a keyboard/piano.  Guitars are nice and all, but I want my Rock Band: Elton John, and I want to download new tracks from Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Randy Newman, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.  And think of the awesome classical tracks!    Lastly, 80s glam rock sucked HARD.  If we're going to be rocking to 80s tracks, please let it be synth-based keyboard friendly stuff like Depeche Mode. "
BRILLIANT!  I totally would be all over Rock Band: Elton John, and playing "The Piano Man" from Billy Joel would be fantastic.
#46 Posted by teh_destroyer (3567 posts) -

More useless plastic instruments!

#47 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Madcatz? Bleh, I've never seen a piece of hardware they put out that was good. Have they been the makers of the official instruments for any previous RB/GH games?

#48 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

Yes?

#49 Posted by MormonWarrior (2590 posts) -

I'd be interested in a straight-up keyboard, but it would have a serious difficulty curve. I already play piano and such, so I'd be fine.

#50 Posted by Terjay (813 posts) -

I haven't played any Rock Band or Guitar Hero for ages and really don't give a damn about this.

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