After hearing it here first, we all knew it was a going to happen we just didn’t know if we would have to wait until E3 to see it. And now thanks to USA Today, we don’t. That image you see above is actually an in-game shot for Harmonix’s upcoming Rock Band 3. And sorry to Yaris, who originally reported it here but it is in fact a full keyboard. Your hopes and dreams of playing the keytar and starting a plastic instrument 80’s band are now officially over. Hit the jump to take a look at the real life piano peripheral that will be invading coffee tables across the US!
Now if you can recall back to this time a year ago, the Harmonix team had just put the finishing touches on The Beatles: Rock Band, and after that project signed on Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison to help them develop a Rock Band 3 where players would actually learn how to play real music. Here’s a quick quote of what was said to the Chicago Tribune a year ago.
“I’m working on ‘Rock Band 3′ and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game,” Harrison said. “Give me a couple years, it’s going to happen.”
Forget a couple, because apparently he’s helped the team pull it off already. In Rock Band 3 not only is it the introduction of a fully functioning midi keyboard, but also another first in the series with Pro Mode. In it the usual color coded patterns are replaced with real musical notes. Although the keyboard is the only new addition, guitars controllers will be receiving an upgrade as well. These upgrades will come in the form of full size Stratocaster replicas that have actual strings. Accoring to Harmonix’s Sylvain Dubrofsky, with it “you can go from plucking single notes to power chords and bar chords, we have crazy stuff like tapping and slides.”
This means 2 things: First, Harmonix are the only real innovators in the whole rhythm genre. Second, Al, Jon, and Myself will be surrounded by groupies come this time next week at E3 so make sure to stay tuned for that.
Now in the meantime check out the keyboard heavy partial tracklist that has been revealed thus far.
Combat Baby — Metric
Dead End Friends — Them Crooked Vultures
Get Free — The Vines
Lasso — Phoenix
Me Enamora — Juanes
Oh My God — Ida Maria
Portions of Foxes — Rilo Kiley
The Hardest Button to Button — The White Stripes
Been Caught Stealing — Jane’s Addiction
In the Meantime — Spacehog
Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
Walkin’ on the Sun — Smash Mouth
Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
Here I Go Again — Whitesnake
I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett
Just Like Heaven — The Cure
Rainbow in the Dark — Dio
The Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
Sister Christian — Night Ranger
Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
Break On Through — The Doors
Crosstown Traffic — Jimi Hendrix