In an odd move, Harmonix has announced that it will not include the new keyboard peripheral with Rock Band 3
bundles for the PlayStation 3 in North America. The keyboard is being included in PS3- game bundles in other regions throughout the world as well as with Xbox 360 and Wii bundles in all regions, including the United States.
According to the official statement from Harmonix, this is being done to a “regional agreement”. The keyboard will be available for purchase separately though at retailers.
“Moving forward, the keyboard and Rock Band 3 software will continue to be available as stand-alone products for PlayStation 3 in the US. This does not affect European customers as the Rock Band 3 keyboard/software PS3 bundles will still be available in Europe. The Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii keyboard/software bundles are still available for pre-order.
It is extremely interesting that this “regional agreement” only covers the PlayStation 3 version of the game and not the others. It will be interesting to see how and if the sales of the game on that specific platform are affected. Time will tell as the game is set to launch on all systems later this month, on October 6, 2010.