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Rock Band to be in short supply

EA expecting big things.

Speaking to investors during a conference call, EA CEO John Riccitiello said that he was "highly confident" in Rock Band and didn't expect to be able to meet demand for the game, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

"If I were you, on the nineteenth of November, I would get in line outside your favourite retailer, because we've got one hot product," Riccitiello said.

The game, which he described as a "band in a box", will retail for USD 169 when it launches for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on 19th November in the US. A slightly cheaper PS2 version, at USD 159, will be released in December.

"We've got a lot of inventory coming. My expectation is that it will sell through," Riccitiello said.

EA will follow with a European launch at the end of Q4, and expects the game to be similarly strong there.

"This is definitely not a sprint. We're not going to be able to put enough inventory to meet demand in North America or Europe this calendar year or this fiscal [year], but we expect this to sell through both the balance of FY 08 and through FY 09, with songs coming every week, add-on SKUs, all sorts of stuff."

We've got a lot of fact coming. GamesIndustry.biz.

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