The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster was released in the US last week, at an RRP of $280US but, considering the franchise's patchy history in Australia, and the fact that the product was a relatively niche one, we didn't really expect the controller to get an official release in this country. Turns out we were wrong.
We don't have an official Australian release date, but the Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster will be sold in this country, along with the Rock Band 3 MIDI box, enabling players to use existing keyboards with the game.
All equipment will be sold through local Fender dealers, meaning you'll have to venture into Guitar stores, as opposed to game retailers, if you want to buy one. We get the feeling that the amount of guitars Fender brings into the country will depend entirely on the initial demand, and Fender is recommending that gamers place an order at a local Fender dealer to make sure they get hold of one when stock is received.
The prices are as follows:
Squier Rock Band 3 Guitar - $349 R.R.P. MIDI Box - $60 R.R.P.
Considering the fact that the Guitar costs $280US, we're actually quite surprised at the price. It is, after all, a fully functioning Guitar - not just a plastic toy. You can actually plug it into an amp and get your Marty McFly on.
Despite the fact that I haven't played Rock Band 3 anywhere near as much as I expected to, I'm still seriously thinking about picking one of these up - what about you guys? Are you over Rock Band yet? Anyone considering getting the Squier Strat?
Thanks to Darren Verey for the tip.