Now we don’t like to brag here at TSA, but now and again we look into our crystal ball and get a glimpse of the future. When mulling over the missed opportunities of the music games the suggestion of a system to allow perhaps smaller and even unsigned bands to submit their tracks to be used in Rock Band. It seems that either, an MTV exec picked up the napkin I misplaced with a detailed plan for such a scheme, or they just saw the brilliant sense behind the idea. Regardless, whether it’s from the idea or essentially predicting something (which is more than can be said for some analysts), I’ll take my payment in cash please.
MTV plan to launch the Rock Band Network, a system to enable any artist to be included in Rock Band. The network is currently in closed beta, but MTV do plan to release an open beta sometime in August. Unfortunately, it will launch just on Xbox 360 although it will eventually be made available for PSN and Wii.
“We’ve figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls masters and publishing can put music into [“Rock Band”] at their own pace,” says MTV Games senior VP Paul DeGooyer. “We’re talking about a set of serious professional tools to allow people on the front line of writing and recording songs to completely control their destiny with respect to interactive products and then giving them direct access to the download store.”
30-second samples of each track will be provided for gamers to taste the songs before they purchase them. Songs submitted will be reviewed for playability, inappropriate lyrics, copyright infringement before being release. Artists will receive 30% of any sales, the price of which is set by them.