Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Not this again: ROCK BAND 2 is REGION-LOCKED for US Xbox 360s.


Not this again.

Disclaimer: I actually own a US Xbox 360, but I also am not happy about this news. I'm not pleased to hear that ROCK BAND 2 will be Region-Locked for US Xbox 360s only.

A lot of the players in the Pinoyxbox community have Asian Xbox 360s and for good reason....they want to support what is officially the Xbox 360 for Asia, and they're benefitting from the lower-priced games. A lot of them have expressed interest in getting ROCK BAND; unfortunately, the first game was region-locked. Not everyone can afford to (EXPENSIVELY) import a second system just to play one game.

And now, I've received word that Rock Band 2 is NOT going to be region-free. I can't believe this. Rock Band on the Playstation 3 is region-free....anyone with a Playstation 3 in any part of the world can play that game. Any kind of Playstation 3 can play it (whether you bought it from Japan, the UK or the US). If you travel around the world, you don't have to deal with the hassle of knowing about region coding, let alone understanding the reasoning behind it.

So why do Xbox 360 owners around the world have to deal with this crap?

Don't give me that 'licensing for music is per-country' bullshit. If Sony can do it, why not Microsoft? Why isn't anyone attacking Sony for their region-free policy with Rock Band or every other game? How can Sony get away with it? Simply put, it doesn't make any sense that they can do it and Microsoft can't.

This region-coding thing doesn't help gamers at all. I think it isn't good for Microsoft, too. Rock Band 2 is going to be one of those games that can help win the casual gaming market for Microsoft. It's a very important game; losing an entire market of an obviously immensely profitable demographic because of some lousy region-coding issue is a horrible oversight and an absolutely incompetent business decision.

Because Rock Band 2 is region-locked on the Xbox 360: Rock Band 2 is now officially an exclusive Playstation 3 game for markets outside of the United States.

There goes another opportunity for Microsoft to gain ground in the Asian marketplace. Way to go....


  1. According to our local EA distributor, it's not for EA to decide whether they can release in Asia or not.

    But yeah, this region-locked thing is pretty sad. I can't think of any reason why Rock Band series shouldn't be released for Asian 360s.

    That being said, I'm actually more into Guitar Hero World Tour. Jimi Hendrix ftw! \m/

  2. Thanks for the update.

    It's really just unfortunate but I guess EA's giving the rest of the world to Activision and Guitar Hero: World Tour.

    Well, surprisingly, like you, I'm beginning to prefer GH, not just for the song list, but also because of its note charts and strum timing. It's just more forgiving and more fun for parties. RB can be too strict at times; though it does have a good list of songs, too.

    Let's just hope they do release in Asia soon for Xbox 360 owners, specifically. PS3 owners won't have a problem at all.

  3. I am from Indonesia, so pretty much I'm a thirdworldgamer as well. This is stupid, I can't believe I will not be able to play Rock Band (again!!) this time around.
    Shame on you Microsoft, EA, or whoever that is responsible for the US-ONLY ROCK BAND!!

  4. For those who never let go their hope of getting NTSC/J Rock Band: Rock Band for Asian 360s is here!

    Rock on, pple. Rock on. \m/