BandFuse: Rock Legends Release Date Confirmed

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The press release has been sent out finally to confirm the release date of BandFuse: Rock Legends.

 

Campbell, CA – August 19, 2013  Realta Entertainment Group announced today that BandFuse: Rock Legends, a music video game where legendary rockers transform players into real-world guitarists, bassists and vocalists, will launch in North America on November 19, 2013. A release date for Europe and Japan will be announced soon. The game will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Realta Entertainment Group has revealed that BandFuse: Rock Legends will ship with three distinct hardware bundles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems, giving players an excellent, smartly priced set of retail options, whether they already own a guitar or not.

  • The Artist Pack ($69.99 MSRP) includes the BandFuse: Rock Legends game and 1/4” to USB guitar cable (Xbox 360 also contains an Audio Adapter and headphone extension cable).
  • The Band Pack($79.99 MSRP) includes two guitar cables, a microphone, multi-port instrument hub, and an acoustic guitar adapter.
  • The Guitar Bundle includes the BandFuse: Rock Legends game, guitar cable, and authentic Fender Squier guitar (MSRP to be announced at a future date).

Seamlessly connecting real guitars, basses and microphones to game consoles, BandFuse empowers players to jam to a fully unlocked library of hit songs from rock to metal and punk to funk, featuring 55 massive genre-jumping songs from Slash, Maroon 5, Rush, The Strokes, Heart, Pearl Jam and more. The game’s exclusive four-player co-op mode enables players to play music together by connecting two guitars, one bass, and a microphone simultaneously, providing each player with detailed feedback from the BandFuse: Rock Legends analytics engine.

The unique BandFuse: Rock Legends animated tablature (tabs) interface simplifies the learning process for novice musicians while enabling advanced musicians to perform songs as the artists intended. All players will benefit from Shred U mode, a simple-to-use, comprehensive training tool with a vast selection of instructional tutorial videos from seven rock legends including Slash, Bootsy Collins, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, and Five Finger Death Punch. Along with the legend videos, players will have a host of drills, scales and the ability to tweak song settings allowing mastery of even the most challenging songs.

BandFuse: Rock Legends players can also create original content from scratch or select from a diverse set of backing tracks for accompaniment to record and play back for friends and family.

BandFuse: Rock Legends is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is published by Mastiff in North America. The game will launch on November 19, 2013, in North America on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. A release date for Europe and Japan will be announced soon. To learn more about BandFuse: Rock Legends, please visit www.bandfuse.com, ‘Like’ it on Facebook, and follow the game on Twitter for all the latest updates and news.

Which bundle will you be pre-ordering? Are you excited for two real guitar games in the same year?

Amazon: Band Fuse: Rock Legends – Artist Pack

Check out our unofficial BandFuse setlist here!

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  1. Does Bandfuse teach you how to really play? RS didn’t. It isn’t just about putting that finger on that part of the fret board, what about teaching chords, scales and tricks of the trade in strumming. Some people just can’t grasp strumming up and down. I want a game that will teach an idiot how to play guitar, have the chance to play and learn excellent tunes and finally be good enough to challenge Slash to a rock-off.
    • ‘Does Bandfuse teach you how to play?’ Yes! ‘RS Didn’t.’ Yes it did, and does, and with RS 2014 it will do so even better -- there are lots of testimonies, not only to that effect, but also that RS (at the moment) is the fastest way to learn.

      The caution here is: are you capable of learning guitar? There are people who are tone deaf and don’t realize. There are people who have co-ordination problems.

      Providing you don’t have any afflictions, you have a love of music, and you’re willing to give it a go, you have a good chance. I don’t mean five minutes on a weekend in between GTA and Splinter Cell. You’ll still need to put in the hours, work through the sore fingers and the temptation to give up in despair, and accept that, even with Rocksmith or BandFuse,it’s going to be a long haul with non-intuitive skills that you will have to allow to develop (and with Guitar, learning never stops). After all, musicians have slightly different brains to non-musicians, such changes are not going to happen over night.

      If you feel you’re just not getting something and need more information, there is nothing to stop you buying some books and look on YouTube (it’s always a good idea to get some theory behind you anyway).

      Neither RS or BF (or even a personal instructor come to that) are magic wands, but they make the work a lot more fun and make setting up for your practice as well as the practice itself a hell of a lot easier. Having to get out and wire up your amp, guitar, racks and pedals can become an everyday drudge that eats into practice time if you haven’t got room to have them permanently set up. With BF and RS they’re all there ready for you as soon as you load the program.

      If you want BF or RS to teach you, they will, but you’ve got to ‘want them to.’

    • BTW, If you think that RS doesn’t teach chords, scales and other techniques, I can only assume you’ve never played it.
  2. why does it say game not included on the best buy page for bandfuse band pack. also when you read the descriptions here it doesn’t say included bandfuse game, on the other 2 it says included bandfuse game, guitar cable, etc.

    so does this mean i have to buy artist pack and band pack?

  3. Your article says releasing Nov. 19, but when I look to see when it can be pre-ordered it says releases Dec 31. WTF! Which is it? Is Bandfuse going to blow another release date?
  4. I see lots of "recent comments" for this post but there's only 1 here… ?
  5. I hope the acoustic mic is decent, would make the purchase worth while for Band Pack (Which I'm getting)

    I was at guitar center yesterday looking for such a microphone… then my facebook chimed on release date (finally) so I'll hold out for this.

  6. No PC version? I’ll pass and spend the money on more RS2014 DLC :)
    • Amen to that. I can easily haul my laptop into my garage / jamming area. My PS3 and flat screen TV? Not so much.
  7. All I can say is ’bout time and I am so wanting this for Multi-Track masters and hopefully won’t be playing 3 guitar parts in a Combo, and just 1 guitarist at a time, as they promised. Can’t stand going from Rhythm to Lead to secondary Rhythm.
  8. I get why folks who’ve been reading and learning off of tab for years are excited abut this. As a beginner though, I’ve got to say that this looks WAY more confusing than RS.

    Think abut it, if there was no way to learn guitar music on paper and you were asked to create a dynamic visual system for interactive learning through a tv, would you come up with something that looks more like Banfuse or RS?

    The thing about learning through “video games” is that it need to let go of the existing paradigms. That goes for books, music, history, etc. If you can do things visually on this medium that are not possible on a 2D paper layout, why the hell would you limit yourself to that? Or just modify it by moving the notes?

    I don’t know, seeing the actual neck of the guitar and a 3D representation of exactly where I’m supposed to put my fingers on the object I’m playing seems a lot more intuitive to me than a bunch of arbitrary symbols flying across the screen from right to left!

  9. I hope they release it here in South America. I can probably import it from the US but it’s not always easy to buy stuff from the US PSN for me and without DLC this won’t be very interesting (especially given I already have most of the on-disc songs on Rocksmith).

    Yeah, the interface does not seem very attractive to me. It’s funny because a lot of guitarists seem to think that Tab is inherently superior as a notation so they think Bandfuse is superior because of that, but each notation has its purpose. For now I still think that Rocksmith’s presentation is better for sight-reading on a screen, in real-time. I often play parts of songs in Rocksmith where the notes go from my eyes to my fingers “directly”, without me thinking about fret numbers and stuff. It’s a curious effect but I suspect it only happens because the notes appear on screen following the same layout they’re played on the guitar neck.

    But I really want to play Bandfuse and maybe after getting used to scrolling tabs my opinion will change (I’m already quite familiar with tabs on paper). I hope I’ll be able to get it.

    • Do you think that even looks like tab? Can’t say I do… more like a weird, flat, tab imitation with an attempt at colour coding.
      • The Colours help with finger positions.

        For a quick explanation, the graphic strings represent your guitar strings, as you know if you know TAB.

        The number are, of course, frets -- again, as in normal TAB.

        The finger colours are:-

        index -- green
        middle -- red
        ring -- yellow
        little -- blue
        open string -- purple
        tap string -- black.

        Squared symbols show that the note is part of a chord voicing. length of note is determined by the lenth of the symbol Xs are left hand mutes. vertical lines (styled as frets) are beat markers with the thicker fret lines marking bars.

        Various other detail differences denote: tremolo, hammer on, pull off, vibrato, slide, palm mute, bend etc..

  10. I don’t see any mention of DLC. Weren’t they supposed to have a ton of DLC at launch?
  11. I Will get that one too. Do you guys think that RS cable will work for band fuse?? I sure hope so..
  12. It really does just come across as complicated.
  13. Is it just me or does this game’s interface look dreadful!?
    • Well, a lot of people want TAB. So here’s your TAB!
    • You’re not alone on that one. It’s not so much that the problem is that it uses tablature, but that there is so much going on on the screen that’s not all that necessary to see. That and the aesthetics don’t seem all that great.

      I admire Bandfuse from technological, musical, and educational standpoints, but everything else just seems kind of blah

    • To tell the truth, I think BF’s interface looks serious and business-like, very like real amps sound boards effects racks and PA systems. Much more, ‘this is the sh*t!’ rather than, ‘pretty game with glitter and rainbows.

      I’ve noticed that RS’s interface is looking a bit sharper too though -- no more swaying bilious Chesterfield sofa, but the speakers blowing smoke rings look a bit silly.

      • Yeah it’s the shit, complete with an annoying music video in the background… Hello Singstar!
      • I would agree with this to an extent. Rocksmith has maintained a “game-like” appearance in 2014. But I would say that BandFuse has almost swayed too far in the opposite direction. This looks like learning software rather than a game. Which is fine and good, except they’re marketing and packaging it as a game, and as a “game” this looks a bit too staid and stodgy to my eye. Honestly I think they’d do better if they marketed it purely as educational software rather than competing in the game space.

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