With GamesCom 2009 kicking off today, rumours are rampant that Sony will be introducing a new slim PlayStation 3 at its upcoming press conference. However, UK trade mag MCV is reporting that Sony may have something else up its sleeve for the show, claiming that SingStar Beatles will be coming exclusively to PS3.
The publication has cited sources from within GamesCom, saying that the title will be an "instrument-free port" of The Beatles: Rock Band and will come bundled with SingStar microphones. The publication has also said that the title will be published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts and will arrive "within days" of the release of The Beatles: Rock Band on September 9 while carrying the SingStar brand.
It should be noted that all previous SingStar games have been developed and published by Sony itself, and no previous SingStar game has received a simultaneous worldwide launch, with many products being region-specific.
When asked for comment on the title, Sony Europe flat-out denied the game's existence, saying it "has no news/plans to release a SingStar Beatles." EA had not returned requests for comment at press time.
[UPDATE] As with Sony, MTV Games has similarly refuted the existence of a SingStar Beatles product.
"MTV Games and Harmonix have the exclusive rights to create music games based on The Beatles per our exclusive partnership with Apple Corps Ltd. Contrary to the rumored reports, there is no Singstar: Beatles software product," an MTV Games representative said in a statement. "There is only The Beatles: Rock Band hitting shelves worldwide on 9/9/09 on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, which players can play as a singing game or as a full band game."