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Mad Catz to re-release Rock Band 3 this winter

Peripheral maker turned publisher to bundle own instruments with game

Mad Catz, previously a console peripheral maker and now positioning itself as a fully fledged publisher, has announced a deal with Harmonix which will see Rock Band 3 re-released "this holiday", bundled with Mad Catz' own plastic instruments.

Mad Catz announced last month that it had signed an agreement with Microsoft to allow it to publish games for the 360, revealing its first game, War Wings: Hell Catz, at E3.

"We are pleased to assume publishing responsibilities for Rock Band 3 this holiday season," said Mad Catz CEO and president Darren Richardson.

"Rock Band is the ultimate interactive experience for any music fan, whether they're looking for a great party game to share with friends, playing through Rock Band's 3000 plus song library, or seeking out a fun way to learn guitar, drum or keyboard skills using Rock Band 3's PRO Mode."

Despite receiving widespread critical plaudits and a Metacritic rating of 93 per cent, Rock Band 3 failed to reach retail targets – something which many believe heralded the end of the genre's huge popularity.

The game will come bundled with a variety of Mad Catz manufactured instruments, including its wireless keyboard, Fender Stratocaster replica and Fender Mustang Pro. No terms of the deal were revealed.

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