Rock Band - User-made Content?

By Published July 18, 2009 at 10:46 am
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Rock Band owner MTV informed gamers around the globe that there will soon be DIY content on the game.  Musicians and musical hobbyists will be able to develop their own tracks using a toolkit released by Harmonix, which has complete authoring functions, note charts, and other unannounced utilities.  Peer reviewers in a new "Creator's Club" will review completed Rock Band tracks before they are uploaded to the Network store for the world.

Tracks will cost between $0.50 and $3.00, and musicians will be able to set their own prices.  Musicians make a 30% profit on every sale, certainly a way to rake in cash on a hobby.

There is a song generation service available as well, but only for those with the Xbox Live Gold accounts, as Rock Band's network is using Microsoft's XNA development tools.  It was said that some tracks may wind up on the Wii and PS3 in the future.

The Rock Band Network is in beta as of now.  More updates down the road!
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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