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Warner confirms Lego Rock Band

Combined brands to see outings on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS this year

Warner Brothers has confirmed that it is at work on Lego Rock Band in partnership with Harmonix, MTV and the Lego Group, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and DS.

Set to come out later this year, Lego Rock Band sports a 'build-and-play' theme, in which users can create and customise their Lego band and entourage. The title's DS outing will be co-developed by TT Games and Harmonix with Backbone Entertainment.

"Lego Rock Band combines two compelling properties and creates an experience that family members of all ages will enjoy playing together as a group," said Tom Stone, managing director, TT Games.

"Harmonix and MTV Games are the world experts in music gameplay, and we're genuinely thrilled to bring the unique and humour-filled Lego experience to their Rock Band universe."

Warner Bros acquired TT Games in 2007 in a deal worth a reported USD 200 million. Nick Ricks, games producer at the company, later told GamesIndustry.biz that there was "no push from Warner Bros" to create any more Lego titles than it already planned.

Bob Picunko, SVP of electronic games for MTV, concluded: "Rock Band is a social game experience that crosses every generation and every genre of rock."

"Harmonix and MTV Games are big fans of the Lego game franchise and excited to work with TT Games to develop a new take on Rock Band that focuses on great music and Lego humour that's fun for the whole family."

Last month, MTV announced that The Rock Band franchise surpassed USD 1 billion dollars in North American retail sales within 15 months.

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