I feel almost embarrassed that as a huge, huge Rock Band fan it took me three whole hours to realise that Rock Band 3
now has a concrete - and fairly imminent - release date. That date, ladies and non-ladies, is October 26th.
While the specific press release announcing this solely mentions North America, Harmonix had previously confirmed that the game is set to have a simultaneous worldwide release. What this means though, is that while you lucky Americans/Canadians get the game on that Tuesday 26th, we in Europe will still have to wait a gruelling, tortuous three days before it releases on our standard release day of Friday (and Australians on the Thursday, I believe!).
EDIT: CVG have confirmed
that the UK release date is indeed October 29th. I would assume that's the same for the rest of Europe too.
Also for you lucky North Americans, Harmonix have announced three pre-order bonuses for the game, outlined below.
GameStop Pre-order Opportunity:
GameStop shoppers who reserve Rock Band 3 for Xbox 360 in advance receive three downloadable Rock Band songs at launch:
• "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads
• "My Own Summer" by Deftones
• "Blue Monday" by New Order
Amazon Pre-order Opportunity:
Amazon shoppers who reserve Rock Band 3 for Xbox 360 in advance will receive access to an exclusive in-game guitar. Additionally, for a limited time only, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners who pre-order Rock Band 3 in advance on Amazon will receive $10 off a future videogame purchase.
Wal-Mart Pre-order Opportunity:
Walmart.com shoppers who reserve Rock Band 3 for Xbox 360 and Wii will receive a $10 eGift card for a limited time.
Here's a picture of that exclusive Amazon-only in-game guitar, courtesy of RockBandAide.com:
And don't worry, you can pretty much guarantee that those three DLC songs will hit the standard Marketplace at some point too, presumably after the game's launch.