The Beatles: Rock Band dropping 9/9/09

The Fab Four's Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii debut arrives in NA, EU, and AU in Q3; available as $250 limited-edition hardware bundle or $60 game; stand-alone guitars $100 each; no PS2 version announced.

After widespread rumors, MTV Games-owned Harmonix announced that it was developing a rhythm game based on The Beatles, arguably the most popular band of all time. At the time, Harmonix cofounder Alex Rigopoulos insisted that the game would be an all-new game, and "not just a Rock Band expansion pack" a la the AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack.

9/9/09!

"Let me make this clear," Harmonix cofounder Alex Rigopoulos told the Wall Street Journal. "It's a full, new music game built from the ground up."

Today, MTV Games and Beatles record label Apple Corps revealed that the game would, in fact, bear the branding of Harmonix's signature Rock Band franchise. This morning, the companies announced that The Beatles: Rock Band will be released on September 9, 2009--i.e. 9/9/09--in North America, Australasia, and the European Union. (Previously, the game was expected in Q4 2009.) It will ship simultaneously on the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, but not on the PlayStation 2, unlike Harmonix's last project, Rock Band 2.

Distributed via the Electronic Arts Partners program, The Beatles: Rock Band will indeed be a brand-new game featuring songs and visual elements that span the group's entire career, from Please Please Me (1963) to Let It Be (1970). It is not yet confirmed whether the Beatles themselves will be featured as playable characters.

In the US, the game will be available as a $59.99 a la carte game for use with instruments from previous Rock Bands and other compatible hardware. The Beatles: Rock Band will also be available as part of a $249.99 limited-edition bundle with an all-new drum set, guitar, and microphone modeled after the Beatles' own instruments. Also announced were Beatles: Rock Band-branded stand-alone guitars for $99.99 each.

To date, the Rock Band franchise has sold more than 10 million copies. In January, Harmonix promised that all of its efforts would go toward creating the Beatles game along with new downloadable content for existing Rock Band games, with no other series entries set for this year.

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JunglemanchiId
JunglemanchiId

for the $250 spent on a limited edition, buy a real guitar :)

supermike6
supermike6

One of my favourite Beatles songs is "And Your Bird Can Sing" and it seemslike it would be really fun on Rock Band guitar. It would be kind of like "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" on GH2, which I loved. I can't wait for the songlist!

sampj
sampj

I can't wait for this; being an avid Beatles fan this will be a defining game of the year.

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

I want this badly....wohoooo....Beatless!!! lol I'm 15 and I love them...yes not so long but currently im listening only to the beatles. at first i thought rockband beatles i don't know about that but now as im in a hype will be cool... i jsut don't know if this will speak to all kinds of gamers...

shadow591
shadow591

in difficulty it should go Expert, Hard Medium, Easy then Ringo.

Martinflame
Martinflame

Why no PS2 version ??? I would have love to see a PS2 version. Really disappointing :(

aquillae
aquillae

Hopefully the success (and profits) of The Beatles Rock Band will give Harmonix the push it needs to go after the great rock & roll songs of the 50's, 60's & 70's that would open the game to a wider group of older people - namely baby boomers (the ones with the cash now).

-Inertia
-Inertia

This will not end good, Beatles aren't really what the general populous of Rock Band listen to there more the metal scene

The_Hitokiri
The_Hitokiri

Mechwarrior, hate to tell you this, but none of the members of Mettallica created BRAND NEW CHORDS, whereas a member of the Beatles, did. The beatles are flat out better than that group, or any other. They have SKILL.

otanikun
otanikun

I'm kind of scared about this; epic band doesn't necessarily constutute good game. I hope they don't screw this up.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Topraman, only a Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery tour use predominantly non rock instrumentation. The White Album, Abby Road, and Let It Be are all rock n' roll arrangements. Everything right up through Revolver is pretty much guitars, bass, drums and piano with some orchestral instruments backing the main tracks here and there. It's not really that strange a choice. The Beatles are the biggest rock act ever! A lot of people who don't normally play video games are going to want to buy this.

BoucningSoul
BoucningSoul

Fingers crossed that the "limited edition" isn't too limited. I NEED to play this game using Paul's Hofner Bass.

skywalker1993
skywalker1993

One more thing: Yes tudyniuz! A Rock Band Queen would be great.

skywalker1993
skywalker1993

Best Rock Band Ever: The Beatles! The real creators of Rock & Roll Music.

topraman517
topraman517

"The Beatles are terrible. Just because your grandpa likes them, you don't have to. Metallica > The Beatles" Why would you compare two completely different (but both brilliant) bands? Also, I know I'm speaking for almost everyone here when I say I didn't get into the Beatles just because older folks love them. I got into them completely on my own. The Beatles are an awfully strange choice for Rock Band though. They were only a rock band in their early days, and they even stopped playing live from 1966 onward. I'd say a good 65% of their music uses non-rock instrumentation. Expect a lot of classics to be absent from this game.

DarthVader75
DarthVader75

mECHwARRIORx2, don't be ignorant... without the The Beatles there wouldn't be Metallica or Rock itself. biggest band ever, influenced the world. without Paul McCartney's show in Russia, Russia would still be communist.

Elfstrum
Elfstrum

Cool, I can finally be the Walrus koo koo kacho

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Darth, The Beatles aren't just a "big act". They're THE BIGGEST ACT. When they say they want their own game then you give them their own game. As a fan, I don't want to play a Canned Heat song to have to unlock And Your Bird Can Sing. The other thing is that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison don't want their songs split up and sold piece meal. They recorded the songs as albums and they want them sold as albums. Which is why they aren't on iTunes. I know a lot of younger guys like Darth don't have the attention span to actually listen to an album from start to finish and are convinced that all music started in 1991, but when the Beatles made an album they made AN ALBUM. They didn't record two singles and then have twelve tracks of filler. You got fourteen quality tracks from start to finish. If more bands did this today then the industry wouldn't be as atrocious as it is. Their singles weren't even on the albums in the UK. So my advice to you is to actually BUY an album like we did in the old days. It's a unique experience unto itself.

mysteriojoe
mysteriojoe

I hope they have tons of tracks from the White album and Revolver. This is going to be so great!

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

This should be great.I want Rock Band Queen.If that ever comes out,I'll get that

mECHwARRIORx2
mECHwARRIORx2

The Beatles are terrible. Just because your grandpa likes them, you don't have to. Metallica > The Beatles

Pablo620
Pablo620

One more thing...greatest band ever

Pablo620
Pablo620

When I first played guitar hero at best buy I walked away and said to the sky, Please let them make a Beatles game of this stuff. Years later the wish has been fulfilled, and thank god its being done by the OGs of the rock game, Harmonix.

msudude211
msudude211

I'll certainly consider getting this.

mcjakeqcool
mcjakeqcool

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mcjakeqcool
mcjakeqcool

Sounds great, It's always great when ya'll got the good 'ol beatles in a video game, and even better... there's no ps2 port! You always know a game aint crap if there aint a ps2 port.

jsje1023
jsje1023

long overdue.....fans of the fab four rejoice!

BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

I hope The Beatles will be playable but either way I will definetly be buying this game when it comes out! I was originally planning on buying one of the limited edition guitars too..but for $100?!

Vrambo
Vrambo

Dammit.. I knew this game was coming out but I thought i was gonna be able to use my guitar hero guitars -.-" dam rockband

star77241
star77241

Is it $60 even for the Wii game?

cenovio69
cenovio69

don't let me down!!.. no literally.. don't let me down.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Well, I was glad when they first announced this game, now I'm glad to see a release date and a price, but now I wanna see exactly what tracks will be in the game. I'm a little worried all the songs I want to play will not be included and will later be made available for download for a few dollars a piece... meh, but in the end that won't really stop me, I mean it's the friggin Beatles!!

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

No other series entries? :O But I would really like a Rock Band 3.

darth_slayer33
darth_slayer33

Man I can't wait for this. I love the Beatles. Been waiting for this one for a long time

witide
witide

Wewp I really hope this is coming out in Australia at the same time.

respessz
respessz

DarthEthong How is it a waste of money? there are around 300 Beatles songs in total, If they decided to put only 80 beatles songs on this new game wouldnt we be getting a great deal for us? they would need to sell each song for $0.50 or less to have it make sense to sell them by them self

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

Why not just make the songs DLC? Why make a whole new game??? They're just splitting up the franchise by doing this, what a waste of money.

FAMILYGUYFAN17
FAMILYGUYFAN17

life is very short and there's not time for fussing and fighting my friends

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

Onyx, I wouldn't even credit AC/DC as an expansion but more like an on-disc track pack you can't get from dlc. I'm very curious how the instruments are gonna look though. And hope that you can move songs from 1 and 2 to Beatles, or 1 and Beatles to 2. Drums though! They need to have cymbals on the drums, or at least have the jacks for the cymbal upgrades on Rock Band 2. Either way, i'm looking foward to see how this shapes up.

OnyxPhoenix12
OnyxPhoenix12

Hm. The AC/DC Track Pack wasn't really an "expansion" moreso than an experiment...no really new features besides additional tracks.. This one's twice the price of the AC/DC, though. I'm hoping it either has a LONG setlist or some features that actually make it its own game..

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I hope Ringo Star is a narrator! *Joke for Thomas the Train fans like me*

Tonkpilsnut
Tonkpilsnut

Nicksta101, check the heading, it's Rock Band, not Gh...

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

What people are forgetting here as soon as they finish reading this article is "the game will be available as a $59.99 a la carte game for use with instruments from previous Rock Bands and other compatible hardware"! You don't have to buy whole new expensive instruments if you don't want.

hajjjustin
hajjjustin

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Cannabis64
Cannabis64

finally a reason to buy one of these expensive ass music games! I never bought the other ones because they had way to much crappy music, an all Beatles one is a guarantee though