They've announced two dozen of the new songs to appear as well, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Break on Through," "Just Like Heaven," "Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)," and "Been Caught Stealing."
Rock Band 3's Keyboard Detailed, Pro Mode Explained
By far the biggest addition to Rock Band 3 appears to be "Rock Band Pro," which will actually attempt to teach players real skills that could translate to real instruments. For starters, the "keyboard controller" being added to Rock Band 3 is in fact a fully functional 25-key MIDI keyboard, with a track that "looks like a real keyboard track, and you are playing notes on the keyboard that if you were to step away from the game and were to play on a real piano, they would be the right notes," according to project director Daniel Sussman.
As for guitars, Pro mode tosses away the five-colored gems and has a series of numbers flowing down the screen across six strings. And to play it, you'll apparently need one of two new optional guitar "controllers": one that's, again, a fully functional six-string Fender Squier Stratocaster, which "can tell where your fingers are based on technology in the neck and the bridge of the guitar," according to Harmonix PR rep John Drake. The other is a controller with "a field of buttons in each fret," according to USA Today, rather than the standard five buttons. "You can go from plucking single notes to power chords and bar chords, we have crazy stuff like tapping and slides," senior designer Sylvain Dubrofsky says.
For drums, USA Today says that "three new cymbals are added," but it's unclear if these are somehow added to the standard Rock Band drums, or if this too will be a whole new drum set.