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EA quiet on Rock Band pricing

Can't confirm USD 300 rumour.

Electronic Arts was unable to confirm to Eurogamer this afternoon that Rock Band and a full set of peripherals would set us back a whopping USD 300 when the game launches later this year.

It was speaking in the aftermath of US retailer Gamestop.com providing a price list for each of the rhythm-action game's "instruments".

According to this, the drum set would be USD 80, the microphone USD 40, and the guitar either wired for USD 60 or wireless for USD 80.

Add to that a copy of the game at USD 60 and the fact you'll need two guitars - one for rhythm, one for bass - and things start getting very expensive.

But there remains a faint glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel, as it has been thrown around the Internet that we'll be able to use our existing Guitar Hero peripherals in Rock Band, either from the Xbox 360 or PS2 versions.

However, staff from developer Harmonix have responded to this on the Rock Band forums and say its something still being looked at, despite what was said yesterday - as are new features on the guitars themselves.

Rock Band is due out on Xbox 360 and PS3 this winter, or at the beginning of November if Gamestop turns out to be right.

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