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Electronic Arts throwing kill switch on iOS Rock Band [U]

05/02, 11:00pm

Reverses course, now says message was 'in error'

Update: Electronic Arts has now issued a statement saying that "Rock Band for iOS will remain live -- the in-app message users received yesterday were sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused," and added that it will share additional information "as soon as possible." EA had in fact put up a notice on its website that it was suspending support of Rock Band as of May 31st, and users received a message that the game would no longer be playable (see picture, below). The company has offered no explanation for how both errors occurred, but now says the game will remain playable, at least in single-player mode.

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Rock Band Reloaded arrives on App Store for iOS devices

12/02, 6:15pm

New content from Nirvana, Billy Idol, No Doubt

EA Mobile has announced that Rock Band Reloaded is now available on the App Store, with a download for the iPhone or iPod touch and an HD version specifically for the iPad. The game includes new content from artists such as Nirvana, Billy Idol, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, and Vampire Weekend. New tracks are also promised to be added throughout the holidays.

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Rock Band 3 gets MIDI keyboard, stringed instruments

06/10, 10:45am

Harmonix to tie Rock Band 3 to 25-key instrument

The mystery controller for Rock Band 3 was revealed today to be a real keyboard. Although deliberately limited to 25 keys, the peripheral will work as a true MIDI keyboard and should theoretically work with computers depending on the version of the controller. The game's more realistic Pro mode should use all 25 keys and, according to USA Today, will pan across the screen to show all the notes.

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