August 28, 2008 at 03:20 PM EDT

While there’s been a lot of talk over the last few years about the inevitable death of the album format, the videogame industry doesn’t appear to be listening. On Sept. 12, Metallica will release a gameplay version of their new record, Death Magnetic, through Guitar Hero, and two days later, Rock Band 2 debuts, and with it, the promise of 500 tracks by year’s end. Stocking the digital bins, has learned exclusively, will be seminal full albums by Foo Fighters (The Colour and the Shape), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Blood Sugar Sex Magik), Jane’s Addiction (Nothing’s Shocking), Megadeth (Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying) and Stevie Ray Vaughn (Texas Flood), along with a specially-compiled No Doubt Best Of collection. All are slated to roll out in the coming months, according to MTV Games. 

With the first Rock Band game selling over 3.5 million game units and 21 million songs since it first hit the market in November 2007, the appetite for downloadable content seems to be insatiable. The game began offering full album downloads earlier this year, kicking off with Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance and later adding the Pixies Dootlittle and the Cars’ self-titled debut album. “We’re surprised by how many people opted to get full albums,” says Paul Degooyer, Senior Vice President at MTV Games. “But it’s a good value proposition. Talk about something that’s been lost and forgotten.”

In addition to new songs and instruments, Rock Band 2 will also sport a new look. After the jump, check out an exclusive sneak peek at the game’s new opening sequence.

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