Rock Band 3 adds keyboard and stringed guitar

Real instruments to create improved gameplay

Rockin' all over the worl.... living room.

Musical multiplayer mega-hit Rock Band is to bridge that often frustrating gap between real instruments and games controllers in the next edition of the franchise, Rock Band 3.

Harmonix, the company behind the music simulation series, has revealed that the third installment of the flagship title will include a new ‘Pro’ mode that allows the use of stringed guitars, cymbal attachments for the drums and a real keyboard.

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The 25 keyed synth is the latest edition to the game which has previously only offered the guitar, bass, drums or singing options. With MIDI connectability, the new keyboard will also be of use away from the game when hooked up to your PC or Mac and used in music creation software.

If you don’t fancy turning your rock experience into a more classical concert feel, the keyboard can be flung over the shoulder and played like the glam metal heros of the ‘80s, keytar style.

A stringed Fender guitar will also be available with Rock Band 3, a perfect companion to the track list which is set to include Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Break on Through by The Doors.

Price and precise release date details for Rock Band 3 have yet to be announced but you can guarantee that it will hit the stores in time for that festive season rush.