Beatles, Family On-Hand to Debut Rock Band
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. THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND will be displayed during the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit in the MTV Games booth in the South Hall # 2023.
As previously announced, THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND will offer 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 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars -- hailed as two of the celebrated, signature instruments played by John Lennon and George Harrison throughout their careers. Also included is a Hofner 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 BEATLES: ROCK BAND will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system from Sony, and the Wii home videogame console from Nintendo on September 9, 2009. The game will be compatible with all ROCK BAND instrument controllers, as well as most GUITAR HERO and other third party music video game peripherals and microphone.
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 will be 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. (NASDAQ:ERTS) 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.