News out of CES that Rock Band 3 will be released in 2010 have been spreading throughout the internet.  Rumors stem from a recent interview by MTV Multiplayer with Alex Rigopulos, CEO of Harmonix, in which he replies to a question about Rock Band 3, stating, “(We) are focused on the Beatles game this year instead of a yearly Rock Band release.  The Beatles game in question is a reference to the recent news that Harmonix would be making a Beatles-only, music game for release in 09. 

 

Does this quote, however mean that the Rock Band sequel is a year away?  MTV Multiplayer later clarified this misconception , speaking with MTV Games:

“Alex was responding to a question about future iterations of ‘Rock Band’ and the possibility of additional peripherals.  Within the context of that question, Alex did comment that the Beatles game is the priority for MTV Games and Harmonix (but not the only project for 09 i.e. We will continue to release our weekly ‘Rock Band’ DLC, etc. etc. etc.)  However, it’s important to note that he also stated to the audience that ‘Rock Band 3’ does not yet even exist as an official project.”

This statement falls more in line with what Harmonix said at the release of the original Rock Band – namely that their goal was less about releasing annual sequels and more about focusing on Rock Band as a platform and expanding the game with their DLC offerings.  Rock Band DLC has already yielded over 30 million song sales.