The Beatles: Rock Band is the first-of-its-kind music-based video game which offers a revolutionary tour of The Beatles' music, career, and legacy. Presented by Apple Corps, Ltd., and MTV Games‘ Harmonix Music Systems, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks, The Beatles: Rock Band was released worldwide on 9/9/09, along with the release of the entire, original, digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue.
From the early touring days in 1963 Liverpool to the immortal, final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop, fans can follow in the band‘s footsteps as they traverse the globe during the height of Beatlemania. Adding to the experience is the introduction of three-part vocal harmonies to game play, allowing gamers to revel in the unparalleled vocal stylings of the Fab Four. Beatles fans will also be thrilled to hear previously unreleased authentic voice recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo chatting between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road more than four decades ago.
Of The Beatles' epic catalogue, 45 songs are included on the Beatles Rock Band disc. Also, the entire Abbey Road album, Sgt. Pepper album and Rubber Soul album have been released as separate downloads available for purchase.
"All You Need Is Love" was released exclusively on Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft as a downloadable song for The Beatles: Rock Band through Xbox LIVE on September 9, 2009 with all Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games and Microsoft proceeds benefitting Doctors Without Borders.
The Beatles: Rock Band story mode takes fans on an interactive, experiential journey through The Beatles career. Along the way, venues, set lists, clothing and instruments will replicate the band's rise to fame, represented in The Beatles' touring period from 1963 to1966 and their studio days from 1966 to 1969.
The game begins during the band's earliest days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Gamers will then travel across the Atlantic to experience the band‘s unforgettable 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the sold-out concert at New York‘s Shea Stadium in 1965, and conclude at The Beatles‘ memorable concert at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in 1966.
The Beatles' studio years will come to life in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. Highlighting the studio years are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to imaginative environments that capture the essence of The Beatles' genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years. The game follows The Beatles to 1969 where story mode culminates with their final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps Headquarters.
Beatles Rock Band Game Components
The Beatles: Rock Band offers a new set of hardware replicas representing the instruments made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Featured in the set are the Rickenbacker 325 (pictured on left) and Gretsch Duo Jet (right) guitars—hailed as two of the celebrated, signature instruments played by John Lennon and George Harrison, respectively, throughout their careers.
Also offered is a Höfner bass controller--a large-scale replica of the bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney. Rounding out the set is a Ringo Starr inspired, Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drum set with a classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head.
The Hofner bass and drum kit are available only as part of The Beatles Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle.
The Beatles: Rock Band marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Harrisongs Ltd and Startling Music Ltd has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive video game format.
The Beatles: Rock Band is published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world‘s premier music video game company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band. Electronic Arts Inc. will serve as distribution partner for the game. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project, is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.
On June 1, 2009, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, appeared at the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, California to present the world premiere of The Beatles: Rock Band.