Rock Band 2 Bundle on Xbox 360 Getting Delayed October Release?

By Nick Breckon, Aug 13, 2008 1:20pm PDT While the Rock Band 2 game and individual instruments are set for an exclusive Xbox 360 release on September 14, it now appears that Harmonix's Special Edition bundle will not make it to stores until October 19, a full month later.

The official Rock Band store and retailer GameStop both list the bundle as shipping on October 19--the same day the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Wii versions are set to arrive.

The Special Edition bundle--which includes the microphone, drums, guitar and game disc--costs only $199.99, while the separate instruments and game add up to an MSRP of $249.96.

Many fans who were planning on enjoying the early release while saving money with the bundle are upset about the apparent delay.

"I think it was a mistake to do it this way," said Rock Band community member Pandemonium. "People who were on the fence about whether they should buy the bundle and upgrade their controllers or just buy the game are now less likely to buy the bundle.. I think they are going to lose money."

The first Rock Band instruments originally shipped only in bundle form, with the separate peripherals arriving in stores months after the initial release.

Shacknews has contacted developer Harmonix, publisher MTV, and distributor Electronic Arts for comment, but has not yet received a reply.

Thanks to pancake humper for the heads up.

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