Abbey Road arrives October 20 for $17

The Beatles: Rock Band's first downloadable album gets detailed; standard Rock Band getting new tracks from Tom Petty, Iggy Pop, Queen, Nirvana, Elton John, and more.

With The Beatles: Rock Band set to hit shelves in three weeks, MTV Games and Harmonix are releasing a steady drip of information on the project. Last week alone saw the release of the game's full setlist (minus one song), as well as confirmation that classic albums Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would join Abbey Road as downloadable content.

"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" comes down October 20.

Today the companies further detailed their downloadable plans, dating and pricing Abbey Road and providing rough release windows for the other two albums. Gamers will have some time to enjoy The Beatles: Rock Band before getting a chance to add significantly to its 45-song setlist, as Abbey Road will release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 October 20. The album will sell for $16.98 (1,360 Microsoft points), or $1.99 (160 Microsoft points) on a per-track basis.

As usual, gamers receive a price break by purchasing the album as a whole, but Harmonix is also including an extra incentive for gamers to scoop up Abbey Road in its entirety. Gamers who purchase the full-album download will be able to play the eight-song B-side medley as one continuous track. Those interconnected songs include "You Never Give Me Your Money," "Sun King," "Mean Mr. Mustard," "Polythene Pam," "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End."

No release window or pricing information was given for the Wii version of the game, suggesting that Abbey Road's appearance on Nintendo's console will trail that of its cross-platform counterparts. [UPDATE] An MTV Games representative confirmed for GameSpot that "the Wii release timeframe and pricing of Abbey Road [will be] the same as 360 and PS3 releases."

Abbey Road will be followed onto The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store in November by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with Rubber Soul arriving in December. For those who can't wait for downloadable content, the Xbox 360 edition of the game will have a limited-time exclusive track, "All You Need Is Love," available for 160 Microsoft points ($1.99) from the game's September 9 launch.

In other Rock Band news, Harmonix released a list of artists whose work will be added to the Rock Band Music Store in the future. Gamers will soon be able to purchase additional tracks from Queen, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Pantera, Talking Heads, Korn, and a pair of Jack White-fronted acts, The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.

For more on The Beatles: Rock Band, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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56 comments
BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

Brendan Sinclair, you jackass. PS3 users don't get the dlc until 10/22, Thursday!

Ashmasaki
Ashmasaki

Im getting this game and all the instruments and I'll buy every piece of DLC they offer. My whole family are huge Beatles fans. Also finally some Queen! Awesome!

timboutillier
timboutillier

You can't announce DLC before the game is released! It just makes it look like you're short changing the consumer and not giving them their money's worth when their buying the game.

fauljosh
fauljosh

I know this is going to get kind of expensive but it really is to be expected. I mean we're talking the biggest band in the world here. I'm not complaining though. I'll buy every piece of Beatles DLC they throw my way.

score89
score89

I would have preferred that rubber soul was the first album, nowhere man is my favorite Beatles song. Pantera and Queen in RB2, is a must download

Pete5506
Pete5506

It should already be on the Beatles Rock band

tmt393
tmt393

For anyone who thinks that selling DLC for Beatles Rockband is kind of pushing. No one is forcing anyone to buy any extras they don't want to. There's nothing wrong with just playing the first 45 tracks. The DLC is designed to offer specific albums that buyers wished were on the original track list.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i can't believe we're (Australia) getting this and we still haven't got Rock Band 2 yet. i mean i could import it for my PS3 but why isn't it available here?

TheMudora
TheMudora

You're all lucky to even have a Beatles based game. Do you think they would release this if they didn't make some major profit off of it? This is a rare sight, so stop complaining. I am also glad the White Stripes are coming...but, there is no bass?

phudabulah
phudabulah

Then White Album for $17. Then Let It Be. Then Magical Mystery Tour. Then Sgt Peppers. Then Revolver. Over $100 for the entire Beatles collection : )

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

Finally Pantera will be a blast on all instruments

Elvis4576
Elvis4576

the beatles and queen are great awsome that were getting more songs

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Finally we'll be getting music from Queen.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Harmonix will do what Activision has done. If you could print money basically, would you? They'll charge whatever price will still get customers to buy it. Doesn't matter to them how many people buy it, just how much money they make off of it.

NuKkU
NuKkU

this is the main reason i hate DLC it makes you pay for things that should have been in the game in the first place i mean this is the Beatles most famous album but its making u pay for it thats just dumb

someGAMEcream
someGAMEcream

Stop Whining you Big Babys! Harmonix isnt forcing you to buy Abbs, its a dam privilage on its own for you to be able to play any of these songs! We are all so lucky.

abeard424
abeard424

why couldn't they just put them all in the original disc, I mean only 45 songs? rock band 2 has like 84. they could have easily put them all in the game but of course are milking it. this is just as bad as guitar hero and their band exclusive games with 45 songs

JoshiiWah
JoshiiWah

I'll wait for Sergent Peppers, thanks. =]

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

damn that seems like some expensive DLC (include the tax on that price as well). Oh well, none the less it'd be a great addition to the game.

pondarosa
pondarosa

Sigh. Another rhythm game, another group of posts by people that don't get why DLC isn't free. Shouldn't this have stopped around late 2008? Seriously, the pricing for the DLC is the EXACT same as the Rock Band DLC. I don't understand why ANYBODY is still confused by this. Oh and by the way - being able to play the medley songs individually or as one long song, your choice = brilliant.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

I won't mind paying for Beatles DLC if it's visually the same quality as the rest of the game. I AM kind of wondering if they're seriously going to charge $2.00 for Her Majesty, which is about 20 seconds long... The price tag is a bit high, considering most of side B is one continuous song, but if there's new "dreamscapes" and all that jazz, I'll be getting it. Hopefully they'll be a mode where you can play an entire album at once...that would be neat! Also hoping to get some songs off of Full Moon Fever from Tom Petty for Rockband :)

jazilla
jazilla

lol. $17 dollars for the album. i think you get 4-5 of the tracks from it right off the bat. and you can't really play "Medley" separately. They just flow into each other. I am so bummed about this now. I am totally not buying this at all, and it makes me sad, but I refused to get milked for money like a cash cow.

Berem
Berem

Why isn't this included with the game?! That is complete and utter milking. Garbage.

Evenios
Evenios

personally i think they should have just included this with the original game i mean some will end up paying what 200 bucks for the game plus the guitars? or at least have included it in the $250 buck limited edition. games and game add ons are gettin pricey these days. not everyone has that kind of money!

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I love how Harmonix is treating this as a Beatles game first, and a Rock Band game second. :)

lamprey263
lamprey263

that's good, they'll have Sgt Pepper early on, Abbey Road just a month away from release, now just waiting to hear when they'll have Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

I don't understand why everyone thinks it is their duty to voice their opinion at everyone else because they "are the smartest." Just because you don't like The Beatles doesn't mean the game is trash. $2 per track is rediculous when iTunes sells them for $1... and also, just because you don't like the idea of DJ Hero and Band Hero that doesn't make those games crap. I am personally probably going to get Beatles Rock Band and Guitar Hero 5, because the Beatles are good, and I have always enjoyed the way Guitar Hero played better, it has always seemed more difficult.

kurtcobain62896
kurtcobain62896

finally my favorite bands are going to in rock band nirvana, the white stripes, the raconteurs, korn, and queen hell yeah

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Surprised and disappointed to not see "Revolver" in the first round of downloadable Beatles albums, but they're all pop masterpieces so I guess I can't complain too much... just wish I could play "I'm Only Sleeping".

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Or better, how about you put Abbey Road on the !#$!#$@ disc in the first place... if this was DLC to Rock Band in general ok, great, but this is a Beatles RB game and they have already planned to stretch it out into $2 DLC for every song... bah. Let me guess we will be able to download virtual outfits for real money next right?

metal_militia89
metal_militia89

Better this than 5 new games released by Activision each year. DJ hero...band hero?? WTF?

pureskull123
pureskull123

korn, hell it was about time..... CAUSE I AINT GETTING THE DAMN BEATLES.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Looks like the entire Beatles catalogue (or close enough) will be available as DLC when the dust settles. It won't be cheap, but it'll be great to have in the collection. Harmonix is really stepping it up with the Rock Band 2 DLC as well. Looks like the rivalry with Guitar Hero is forcing both companies to get every track they can.

BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

I can't believe people are still asking if the songs from Beatles Rock Band can be exported to RB/RB2. This question was answered months ago. N-O. NO! The reason is because this game introduces 3 part harmonys, a feature not in RB/RB2. And yes there is a difference between this and Guitar Hero: Metallica/Aerosmith. ALL THE SONGS ON BEATLES ROCK BAND ARE BEATLES SONGS!! GH: Aerosmith has 41 songs, 29 of which were actually from Aerosmith. GH: Metallica has 49, 28 that were actually from Metallica. Some of you people need to get a clue!

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

Queen.............rendered speechless.

Savvy30039
Savvy30039

That price is about right I guess. A new Beatles albums still costs about $20, and this has all the note tracks for the game so technically it's a pretty good deal. I still feel kinda burned that all the albums didn't just come with the game in the first place though...

AstroChimp83
AstroChimp83

@z3dd1 cu5: The Beatles Rock Band is no different than Guitar Hero: Aerosmith or Metallica: You'll get your fill of the band you want and Harmonix's plastic instruments get in your living room so you might be interested in buying the next RB iteration.

grant4500neo
grant4500neo

@z3dd1cu5 well, that's the reason, they want people to buy RB:Beatles, so they aren't going to give anyone a reason not too.

z3dd1cu5
z3dd1cu5

Why would they not make the DLC usable on any Rock Band? All DLC that is out right now works on Rock Band 1 or 2, so why would they chage that trend now? Why would you not want to reach the largest market possible? Not everyone is a big enough Beatles fan to purchase an entire Beatles themed game, but many will want to download at least some of their songs.

konradak
konradak

Nirvana, Korn, The White Stripes? Sweeeeeet :D

cutmaclass1
cutmaclass1

Win. And TBRB won't import. Beatles DLC also won't work for Rock Band. Frankly, if you expected any of that, you don't know anything about The Beatles.