Details are finally starting to be released on the Beatles music game developed by Rock Band (and original Guitar Hero) creators Harmonix. The career-spanning game now has a title — The Beatles: Rock Band — and a release date of September 9, 2009. The image above, which looks like a digital recreation of the interior of Abbey Road Studio 2, decorates thebeatlesrockband.com; otherwise we don’t know much more.
In lieu of anything like a track list, Harmonix has provided the really important stuff: price.
In the US, the game disc will run $59.99, standalone guitars will be $99.99 and a bundle (likely including drums and a mic, though that isn’t specified) will be $249.99. All Rock Band and other current music game peripherals will work.
The press release goes on to say “In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career.” Does that include the basic guitar offered for the game and in the bundle? And does it mean a plastic sitar? Please say ‘yes’ to the last question, Harmonix.
All that is for the PS3, Xbox360 and Nintendo Wii. MTV is publishing with EA distributing, as per Rock Band. Alex and I will have more details about the title when we hit E3 in June.
EDIT: Contrary to some suggestions, that $99 guitar is only a peripheral, not a guitar and game disc. Says an MTV spokesperson, it is “one of the limited number of standalone guitar controllers that we will be offering separately for purchase.”
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