Today MTV Games and Harmonix announced a new program called the Rock Band Network. The RBN allows artists to upload and price their own songs so that gamers can download them and rock out in Rock Band.
The RBN will launch sometime this year on the Xbox 360. User uploaded tracks that are popular will then be ported over to the PS3 and Wii versions of Rock Band.
The way this new program works is, artists will submit their songs to a team of “Harmonix-trained freelance game developers” who will code the song for the gaming audience. Artists will have the choice to price their songs anywhere from $0.50 to $3, putting 30% of sale into their wallet.
Paul DeGooyer, MTV Games senior VP said that the Rock Band Network is 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.”
This is a great idea. I can’t wait to pester some of my more esoteric favorite bands like Slint and Agalloch to put their songs up. Now us gamers can rock out to the songs that we want.