Initially slated for release along with Oculus touch in December 2016, Rockband VR was pushed back to Q1 2017 as "further polish" was needed on the highly anticipated Virtual Reality version of this much loved rhythm game.
With the end of Q1 creeping closer Harmonix have finally confirmed the official release date (March 23rd) and also opened pre-orders for those needing the required wireless guitar controller.
For $69.99USD pre-orders will include the Xbox One or PS4 Stratocaster guitar and also a code to download a digital copy of the game via Oculus home. Pre-order bundles are set to ship in conjunction with the official launch on March 23rd.
Those that already have the guitar hardware will be pleased to hear that Rockband VR will be compatible with Rockband 4 guitars (PS4/XBOX ONE) but its still unclear what the cost for the game only version will be.
Oculus Touch will also be required for play and is attached to the guitar controller via the Rockband Adaptor included with Touch. This will be first Touch game to officially support tracking of a peripheral device by attaching the touch controller and by all accounts the tracked guitar controller adds greatly to immersion when rocking out in VR.
As part of the redesign for VR Harmonix have implemented a new game mode that focuses on playing specific chords in-time with the music rather than the tradional note highway. This freestyle mode should be a great fit for VR allowing the player to be more creative in their play style, for those Rockband purists a classic mode will also be available.
Rockband VR will come with 60 tracks to keep you rocking well into the wee hours with the full song lineup being announced closer to release, unfortunately it will be a solitary experience with no online multiplayer support.
Along with the omission of online multiplayer, game-play is limited to guitar only with the rest of your band members being controlled by NPC's.
Pre-Orders can be made via Amazon but you'll need to get in quick as stocks for the guitar hardware are limited.