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Rock Band 3 trailer, details in

Have you been "clamouring for keyboards"?

Harmonix' Rock Band 3 has been blown wide open by USA Today - keyboards included.

The new game, scheduled for this Christmas in the States on PS3, 360 and Wii, expands the virtual band to seven instruments; drums, lead and bass guitar, lead vocals, two harmony vocals and yes - a keyboard.

Also due for the game's release are two 'advanced' guitar controllers that take advantage of the game's Pro mode, one of which is described as "a full-sized, fully functional Fender guitar" (sold separately).


Harmonix has also nicked the drop-in, drop-out functionality of recent Guitar Heros, and "improved animations" and "refined gameplay features" are also promised.

"With the introduction of keyboards, we get to bring a ton of amazing new music onto the platform, which will help feed the appetite for music for years to come," Alex Rigopulos, Harmonix CEO told USA Today.

Among the 83 new songs to be included in Rock Band 3, Rigopulos says, "it's hard to pick a favorite, but for The Doors to be making an appearance on Rock Band finally with their classic Break On Through, I love that one. And Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody is endlessly fun.

"Our ambition for Rock Band 3 was really to re-energize and reinvigorate the (music game) category and advance it and move it forward," he said.

[ SOURCE: USA Today ]