Rock Band in Europe: “We’re not trying to rip anyone off”

Tuesday, 8th April 2008 21:26 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Harmonix isn’t out to screw Europe, the company told Eurogamer today after the release date and price for the European version of Rock Band was announced.

“We’re not trying to rip anybody off,” said the developer’s Rob Kay. “Rock Band isn’t normal in videogames. This is an entirely new thing. What other game comes with three peripherals that are all different? It just makes sense for the experience we’re trying to deliver.”

Which is great, Rob, but doesn’t exactly explain why the game’s going to be £180 in Europe and £85 in America. Does it? Is it down to tax and VAT?

“These are definitely not excuses so much as contributing reasons,” Kay said. “I can’t talk to the explicit pricing – how it gets split down between retailers and distributors and the whole chain – because I don’t actually know that much about it.”

Expect this to run and run.



  1. Tonka

    Someone has to pay for the weak dollar. Europe is subsidising the US gamers. I hope they will return the favour once they are back on their feet.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. morriss

    A developer doesn’t control the price.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Tonka

    A rolling stone gathers no moss.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. deanimate

    A fiver is too much for crap like this.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Whizzo

    “We’re not trying to rip anybody off”, indeed I’d say you’ve succeeded.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Only if somebody actually buys it. :-)

    #6 7 years ago
  7. patlike

    I still can’t quite get over this. Although I’m sure I will very soon.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. Random_H

    Ah yeah, now I get it. Nobody really knows how that price came about and everybody at EA just went “D’oh!” and “O… Kay!” as it stepped out of the magical mirror.

    It really is totally reasonable…

    #8 7 years ago

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