You may remember back in May when we reported Rock Band 3 would feature keyboards. It is now confirmed that two octave keyboards are coming and will feature 25 keys.
All the instruments are set for an increase in buttons. Guitars will include 102 buttons spanning 17 frets and 6 strings. A three symbol expansion is also being released for the drum kit allowing cymbal hits to be accurately mapped. If you already own a MIDI keyboard or drum kit you will be able to purchase a MIDI Pro Adaptor Box. This will allow you to connect your instruments up to Rock Band 3 without the need to shell out for new instruments.
Don’t worry, the usual modes you have grown to love (or hate) still only use the standard 5 buttons (even on the keyboard). The main benefit of the additional buttons comes in Pro Mode which makes every button “fair game”. Another new mode, dubbed “Road Challenges”, is described as “Band World Tour meets Mario Party” (sounds like a classic).
Rock Band 3 will also see a new menu system implemented to avoid some of the confusion in previous titles. Every player will have their own menu allowing them to change options, such as difficulty, without interfering with the rest of group. New filters will be introduced allowing players to navigate the library of songs based on criteria such as song length, game, decade of release and genre.
Rock Band 3 will ship with over 80 songs and is due for release sometime during “the holidays of 2010”.