Rock Band DLC pricing (sort of) and release schedule revealed

Just yesterday, Harmonix were all zipper-lipped about the pricing of their downloadable song content. When I asked them up front whether or not I’d (personally) be pissed off about the pricing and delivery, all I was told is that we’d “be happy.” One day later, GameSpot spills the beans, and here’s the moment of truth …

Like Guitar Hero III, Rock Band will also offer three-song packs for download, and will cost 440 MS points ($5.49). Not only is it slightly cheaper than Activision’s offerings, but the three tracks will also be available as individual downloads for $1.99 a piece. Harmonix is saying that future songs may be sold individually for as little as $.99 (80 MS points), and as much as $2.99 (240 MS points), but most will cost $1.99.

Also of note is the game’s DLC release schedule (which starts on November 20) has been set through December 18. Week one alone sees the release of 15 tracks, which does NOT include the promised Who album which is said to be available at launch. Having had a chance to see (and play) some of the unannounced DLC (no, I’m not talking), I can stand behind Harmonix Community Manager Sean Baptiste’s statement: “[When it comes to DLC] we’re not f**king around.”

Hit the jump for the release schedule and see the lack of f**king around for yourself. 

Week of November 20, 2007: (*–asterisk denotes a cover version)
Metallica Pack
“Ride the Lightning”–Metallica
“Blackened”–Metallica
“And Justice for All”–Metallica

The Police Pack
“Can’t Stand Losing You”–The Police
“Synchronicity II”–The Police
“Roxanne”–The Police

Queens of the Stone Age Pack
“3’s and 7’s”–Queens of the Stone Age
“Little Sister”–Queens of the Stone Age
“Sick Sick Sick”–Queens of the Stone Age

Individual Tracks
“Fortunate Son” as made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival *
“Juke Box Hero” as made famous by Foreigner *
“Bang a Gong (Get It On)” as made famous by T-Rex *
“My Sharona” as made famous by The Knack *
“Cherry Bomb” as made famous by The Runaways *
“Joker & The Thief”–Wolfmother

Week of November 27, 2007
David Bowie Pack
“Moonage Daydream”–David Bowie
“Heroes” as made famous by David Bowie *
“Queen Bitch” as made famous by David Bowie *

Week of December 4, 2007
Black Sabbath Pack
“N.I.B.” as made famous by Black Sabbath *
“Sweet Leaf” as made famous by Black Sabbath *
“War Pigs” as made famous by Black Sabbath *

Week of December 11, 2007
Punk Pack:
“Rockaway Beach”–Ramones
“I Fought the Law”–The Clash
“Ever Fallen In Love” as made famous by Buzzcocks *

Week of December 18, 2007
Individual Tracks
“My Iron Lung”–Radiohead
“Buddy Holly”–Weezer
“Brass in Pocket” as made famous by Pretenders *

Nick Chester