Rockin’ Update Hits Rock Band 2

The lead designer for Rock Band 2, Dan Teasdale, recently posted on the PlayStation Blog, and eluded to an upcoming software update coming to Rock Band 2, for the PlayStation 3. This update contains loads of new features and updates that the community has wanted for some time now.

The update, which will go live tomorrow, was inspired by what the community has wanted for some time now. Harmonix, according to Teasdale, has been listening to the community feedback, and has created an update that hopefully addresses some of those issues. The full list of updates, courtesy of Teasdale:

  • “Sort by Stars” in Quickplay. If you hit the “Sort” button on the Song Select screen, you’ll come to a brand new sort that orders songs by the star ratings that you’ve achieved on each song. Each star rating gets a category, as well as an “Unplayed” category for songs that don’t have a star rating recorded. Finally, you can record your progress towards gold starring every song in your library!
  • Improved “Sort by Stars” fix: Players will not have to beat a previous high score to record a star rating for their songs.
  • Chord HOPO improvements: If you’ve played The Beatles: Rock Band, you’ll notice much more robust handling of chord hammer-ons and pull-offs. This patch implements those changes in Rock Band 2 to provide a more natural chord hammer-on/pull-off experience.
  • Velocity Sensitivity on Ion Drum Kits: Ion Drum kits now support velocity sensitivity in both drum fills and Drum Freestyle mode.
  • Rock Band Network Store Support: When the Rock Band Network goes live, select songs will be available for PlayStation 3 users through a new storefront available in game. Stay tuned for more information closer to the launch of RBN!
  • SingStar Wireless Microphone Support. Rock Band 2 now supports the SingStar Wireless Microphones currently available through Europe! Finally, you can now have a fully wireless Rock Band experience on your PlayStation 3!

The update is free, and will go live tomorrow.