Fans have been jamming to songs from [artist id="988"]Green Day’s[/artist] 21st Century Breakdown on “Rock Band” for the past year. But in 2010, the Grammy-winning punk trio will join the likes of the Beatles when they unveil the standalone title “Green Day: Rock Band.”
The announcement from game-maker Harmonix (which is owned by MTV Networks) was made at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards on Saturday. “We’ve worked with the ‘Rock Band’ team in the past year to enable our fans to play tracks from 21st Century Breakdown, and we’re excited to now be working on a game spanning our entire career,” said Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement announcing the deal. “We want people to fire this up, choose their favorite Green Day tracks and play along with us as ‘Rock Band’ avatars so they can feel what it’s like to perform on stage as Green Day.”
The game will feature the likenesses of Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool and allow fans to play songs from the group’s catalog, visit venues and view artwork that is key to their history. With a fully exportable track list that will allow users to play the songs in “Rock Band” and “Rock Band 2″ on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3, the game will be available around the world for the 360, PlayStation3 and Wii next year.
“Green Day’s music and explosive live performances transcend age barriers,” said Tom Whalley, Chairman/CEO of the group’s label, Warner Bros. Records. “This game will appeal to fans of all ages, including those who love their recent bestselling albums and those who’ve loved Green Day throughout their long, incredible career.”
Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems, said the game will give players a deeper connection to the group and their music. “Fans will be able to enjoy some of the greatest songs from the Green Day catalog in this standalone game or via ‘Rock Band’ due to full export capability,” he said. “We are thrilled to work with Green Day to revisit key moments from their career, including their likenesses, content and imagery, through our innovative form of musical interaction.”
In addition to the “Green Day: Rock Band” announcement, it was also revealed that the group will bring three more 21st Century Breakdown tracks to the “Rock Band” music store as downloadable content on Tuesday, including “Christian’s Inferno,” “Last of the American Girls” and “¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl).”