An open letter from Harmonix to Wii owners

Sounds like Harmonix wants to step up their Wii game, because the thing sells gazillions. After experiencing the wonky online play of World Tour, I’m excited for Rock Band 2 on Wii.

Hi Everyone:

We just announced on Friday that we’ll officially be shipping out the Wii version of Rock Band 2 on December 18th. This is just 2 months after our September 14th launch on Xbox 360, and we’re really pleased with the game we were able to put together.

As most of you know, we’re avid readers of our forums, and we place a lot of stock into what our fans think. We’ve seen that many users in the Wii community have been unhappy with the period of time between Rock Band’s release on other platforms and on Wii. We want to apologize for the delay in getting RB2 onto the Wii and to reaffirm that we believe that Wii is an amazing and unique fit for Rock Band 2, and one that we care deeply about getting right.

The extra time we’ve spent on RB2 Wii has resulted in the definitive full band experience on that platform. In addition to a fully functional online world tour, updatable battle of the bands, robust character creation, and a DLC catalog that will be growing exponentially after launch, we’ve maintained the highest standard in 4-player collaborative game play, allowing you to rock to over 100 amazing songs just by purchasing Rock Band 2. Also, we can confirm that this game is compatible with other existing instrument controllers available for Wii for both guitar and drums. Even if you’ve picked up another full band game, you can grab Rock Band 2 in its standalone software format, buying individual instruments and the disc itself to customize your band. We believe we’ve created an extraordinary game with the help of Nintendo, and we think that you’ll all be very pleased when you get your hands on it.

This game could not have been completed without the tireless efforts of our partners at Pi Studios in Houston, who literally worked through a hurricane to bring this game in before the holidays. It was a sight to behold, and anyone waiting for Rock Band 2 for Wii (or PS2 for that matter) owes them a big thanks. Their efforts, combined with our internal Rock Band team and Nintendo, are what made the game the best Wii game available in full band gameplay this holiday. Going forward, it is our ambition to release future games on Wii simultaneously with releases on the other platforms.

We’re going to continue to watch these forums to see how you’re enjoying the game and how we can best support you moving forward. With the launch of our DLC catalog (which will work seamlessly with an SD card) and ongoing online support (with new battles posted consistently), Rock Band 2 brings the living breathing world of rock to Wii in full effect. We know you will enjoy it.