MTV Games and Harmonix announced Monday that Rock Band has shipped for the Playstation 2. The Rock Band Special Edition Bundle for the PS2 will be released for sale in U.S. retail stores on December 18.

“Developed in collaboration with Pi Studios, Rock Band for the Playstation 2 system showcases many of the same challenging modes and rock music featured in the Playstation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 video game entertainment system versions, including Band World Tour and Score Duel, which allows drum vs. drum, guitar vs. guitar and vocal vs. vocal play,” Harmonix said in a statement Monday.

“Our team was honored to work side by side with Harmonix to create Rock Band for the PlayStation 2 and extremely proud of the result,” stated Robert Erwin, CEO of Pi Studios. “Together, we were able to deliver the addictive nature and brilliance of the core Rock Band gameplay while giving PS2 owners the ultimate rock experience just in time for the holidays.”

Rock Band for the PS2 includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk.

The Bundle includes a wireless Fender Stratocaster guitar controller, an electronic drum kit, real drum sticks, a microphone and software and has a suggested retail price of $159.99.

A Standalone Rock Band software for the PlayStation 2 system is also available for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Rock Band for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 use the same instruments so players do not need to buy new instruments if they upgrade their console.

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