The fact that Rock Band is yet to be released in many PAL territories has not stopped Harmonix from officially announcing Rock Band 2. An Xbox 360 release is scheduled for September with other platforms “later in the year”. The game will be available separately, and compatible with existing Rock Band instruments, however a new bundle of redesigned instruments will also be available, offering quieter drums and other yet-to-be-announced improvements.
To answer the question undoubtedly on most Rock Band owners lips, Harmonix has worked with Sony and Microsoft to ensure Rock Band 2 will be compatible with all the downloadable content you’ve already bought for the first game - so you don’t need to worry about buying more DLC in the mean time.
“As successful as the original Rock Band continues to be, we’ve now had the benefit of the last eight months to listen to our fans’ requests and to build upon that foundation,” said Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix. “Rock Band 2 is a second-generation band game that will elevate the music game experience to the next level.”
Expect improved online and local multiplayer functionality - including a new party-friendly menu system that won’t require the savvy host to navigate the tricky menus each time.