Beaterator drops release date

[UPDATE] Rockstar and Timbaland's long-gestating mini-music studio will launch on PSP and PSN on Sept. 29 in North America for $39.99; due Oct. 2 in Europe.

Back in March 2005, Rockstar Games released a free Flash-enabled, Web-based music sequencing tool called Beaterator. Two years later, it announced that an enhanced, portable edition of the app, which lets players mix drum loops from major club DJs, was in development for the PSP. The latter version would also feature new beats from Timbaland, the hip-hop producer behind hit tracks from artists such as Nas, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliot.

It's the world's smallest DJ, and it's playing just for you.

Though originally dated for summer 2007, Beaterator slipped from Rockstar's release calendar until this past March, when parent company Take-Two Interactive promised it would arrive before Halloween. However, unlike other major Take-Two titles slated for 2009, such as Mafia II, BioShock 2, and Red Dead Redemption, the game hasn't slipped into 2010. Today, Rockstar announced that the game would go on sale on September 29 in North America for $39.99. It is due on October 2 in Europe.

No rating has yet been announced for Beaterator, which will be available both at retail and for download via the PlayStation Network. However, Timbaland did say tracks created in the game will be able to be exchanged with other players, although the particulars remain unclear.

Though Beaterator is not a game in the traditional sense, its musical software is familiar territory for Rockstar founders Sam and Dan Houser. The pair worked at BMG Music in London during the early 1990s, before going into games at BMG Interactive. When BMG Interactive was bought by Take-Two in 1998, the pair formed the internal studio Rockstar, which went on to develop the Grand Theft Auto series.

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geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

This game looks pretty good, even though I'm not a huge fan of music!

emptyjuicebox
emptyjuicebox

timbaland is a beat thief.... @#$% that fool

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats cool for people who are interested in this game

AstroChimp83
AstroChimp83

Doesn't make much sense to me... Unless this "music software" has some really amazing capabilities, the beat junkies I know won't care. They already have turntables or a beat-box or numerous other computer programs to get what they want and wouldn't want to pay an extra $40 to carry it around on a PSP.

0jiggy0
0jiggy0

Does anyone really care?