Rock Band: Unplugged Launches June 9

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Harmonix has announced its timetable to release Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP.

Rock Band Unplugged will launch simultaneously in both North America and Europe June 9, 2009. The game will be exclusively for the PSP retailing for US$39.99.

Rock Band shipped for consoles last fall, first for Microsoft's Xbox and then for both the Wii and PS3, but the handhelds have had to wait.

Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your hand by combining traditional beat match gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band and Rock Band 2, such as overdrive and chords. Your hands are the "peripherals" in Rock Band Unplugged allowing you to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals, according to Harmonix's description.. In addition, players can expect a rich Rock Band experience with fully functional modes like World Tour, Band Survival and Warm Up and a robust character creator for full customization.

Rock Band Unplugged will feature over 40 master-recordings including nine brand new, exclusive songs for the PSP system for a limited time Plus, Rock Band Unplugged will include the first fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content on the PSP system in the North American and European markets, leveraging the PSP system's wireless capabilities. The in-game store will be powered by PlayStation Network, and players will be able to use their existing PlayStation Network account to purchase tracks, similar to the Rock Band console experience. PSP system owners will also have the option of purchasing tracks via PlayStation Store on the PC.

The following tracks will launch through Rock Band Unplugged on the PSP system for a limited time before becoming downloadable content for the other platforms:

* 3 Doors Down- "Kryptonite"

* AFI- "Miss Murder"

* Alice in Chains- "Would?"

* Audioslave- "Gasoline"

* Black Tide- "Show Me the Way"

* Blink 182- "What's My Age Again"

* Freezepop- "Less Talk More Rokk"

* Jackson 5- "ABC"

* Tenacious D- "Rock Your Socks"

In light of Rock Band's debut on the PSP a limited edition Rock Band-branded PSP Entertainment Pack will be available at the launch of Rock Band Unplugged. The bundle will include the game, a voucher to download Paramount Pictures' School of Rock from PlayStation Store, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a "Piano Black" PSP system. The Rock Band Entertainment Pack will be available in North America for $199.99.

This story, "Rock Band: Unplugged Launches June 9" was originally published by GamePro.

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