EA confirm Rockband UK release date and price

Today Electronic Arts announced that, after a long wait, Rockband will finally come to Europe on the 23rd of May 2008. The game is set to be an Xbox 360 exclusive, at least for the moment.

Of course, the game features Muse's "Hysteria" as one of the nine Europe-only tracks in addition to the 58 found in the US edition of the game. However, whereas the game plus instruments cost about £86 (in the USA), the prices for the UK have been confirmed as £49.99 for a copy of the game and £129.99 for a pack of instruments without the game - that is, drums, guitar (a Fender Stratocaster replica) and microphone. These are thought to be wired; the Strat will cost £59.99 wireless if bought alone, and wireless drums will set you back £69.99. There is no word on whether the mic can be bought separately, or whether the wireless guitar from Guitar Hero 3 can be used.

All in all, that's £180 for your own rock band in your living room - the question is, who will actually pay that sum?