Harmonix, MTV Games and Electronic Arts have announced that Rock Band 2 will be released in North America this September. With the original providing millions of players a new way to interact with the music and artists they love, Rock Band 2 is the next evolution of the franchise that redefined the standard for music games.

Rock Band is the groundbreaking platform that allows music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before - but only if you live in a country where it will actually be released. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals.

Rock Band 2 builds upon its foundation as the first music game to introduce co-operative band gameplay, multiple instruments, an online multiplayer experience, and an offering of downloadable content.

Rock Band 2 will have backwards compatibility with Rock Band's downloadable music content, so the tracks you haven't purchased because Rock Band hasn't been released in New Zealand will work when Rock Band 2 also isn't released.

The sequel will also have the biggest and most diverse soundtrack ever featuring some of rock’s most prolific acts, comprised entirely of master recordings, almost all of which you'll probably never hear. Major new and dynamic online modes will connect the entire Rock Band community in more ways than ever before both locally and globally, allowing your friends overseas to play and mock you for not having the game.

"As successful as the original Rock Band continues to be, we've now had the benefit of the last eight months to listen to our fans' requests and to build upon that foundation," said Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix. "Rock Band 2 is a second-generation band game that will elevate the music game experience to the next level."

Rock Band 2 will make its debut on Xbox 360 this September and have an exclusive launch window in North America. Rock Band 2 will be available for additional platforms later this year, so it's likely that when it's released in New Zealand your PlayStation 4 will handle it just fine.