Harmonix's music sequel Rock Band 3 will get a range of new Mad Catz peripherals to accompany the game’s release this Q4 – with the option of using MIDI instruments to play.
The game features a new 83-song set list including Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’, Them Crooked Vultures’ ‘Dead End Friends’ and The Vines ‘Get Free’. Harmonix has made the entire Rock Band DLC back catalogue compatible as well as expansions such as Green Day: Rock Band and LEGO Rock Band, offering players access to 2,000 songs at launch.
Rock Band 3 was previously confirmed in March and will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS in time for Christmas. The new accessories will be compatible with home consoles and not the DS.
For the first time players will be able to buy a wireless keyboard controller which can be used on a flat surface or strapped over a shoulder. It will be available as a standalone product for $79.99 or bundled with the game for $129.99.
In addition to this is a real Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar controller ($149.99) and three new drum cymbals ($39.99) have been added to the range. Adapters will also be available allowing gamers to use their MIDI keyboards or drum sets to play Rock Band 3 ($39.99).
Peripherals manufacturer Mad Catz has said it will produce revised guitar, drum and microphone accessories in the coming months.
Rock Band 3 will be published by EA and MTV Games. It will also go head-to-head with its Activision rival Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock – currently due for release this autumn.