The Rock Band Network, an MTV Games and Harmonix joint effort to allow people to publish their own, real songs for the world to purchase and play, was set to launch in “November 2009.” That didn’t happen, as its release date has been pushed back to “early 2010.”
An MTV Games spokesperson had this to say about the current status of the project:
“We’re working hard to get the Rock Band Network open public beta release of tools up before the end of the year, with our RBN storefront launching in early 2010. Exact dates still TBD. The tools necessary for bands to start authoring and prepare their content for review are already live on Creators.rockband.com/tools/download. The open beta launch will add access to the currently private website where all of the RBN community activity and peer reviewing of tracks will take place. People who join the Rock Band Network (bands, fans or otherwise) will be able to play and preview any song before it hits the store, so they should stay tuned for the official launch.”
The service was originally planned to launch first on the Xbox 360 and later on the PlayStation 3, but with this recent delay who knows what 2010 will hold for the ambitious service.