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Music fans and gamers will be delighted to hear that a Rock Band video game featuring The Beatles finally has a release date

Gamers will finally be able to get their hands on a Rock Band video game based around The Beatles, one of the most popular bands of all time.

The new game will have "an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles," it was said in a statement.

The Beatles: Rock Band will be released around the world on September 9.  The game by itself will ship for $59.99, and another $99.99 will snag gamers a guitar, bass, mic and drums so they can jam alongside the Fab Four.  Older Rock Band instrument controllers will still be able to work with the new game.

This is the first time music from The Beatles will be used in a video game, with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr the remaining two living members of the band.  Both McCartney and Starr, alongside Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, contributed input into the video game.

"The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music," McCartney originally said when the game was first announced.  "I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out."

The Beatles have been hesitant over the years to allow their music to be sold online or featured in a video game, but the band's officials have finally agreed on money issues with game studios and music producers.  The band has sold more than 600 million albums across the world.  The video game was made possible when Harmonix and Viacom were able to complete a deal with Apple Corps, Ltd. -- rumors of a possible Beatles-based game been swirling for quite some time.

The game will be released for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles. 

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RE: Online content?
By cigar3tte on 3/6/2009 1:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure strickly. They've stated this is a standalone game in itself.

The next question is, will we able to import songs from RB1 and RB2 discs over. I'm pretty sure the Beatles game will support existing DLC.

RE: Online content?
By Nightskyre on 3/6/2009 1:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
There is a distinct possibility The Beatles: Rock Band will also include a code used to extract the Beatles tracks from the disc for use in Rock Band/Rock Band 2 as well. The AC/DC Live! Track Pack available exclusively at Wal-Mart included such a code, as do the standard Rock Band track packs. All of those packs were standalone games, as well. It sounds reasonable to me that users would be able to experience the Beatles game through the disc, and export the songs for use in Rock Band 2 so all of their music is available in one place.

Harmonix is a company full of musicians who are gamers, not just people who make games. They "get it."

It's also possible The Beatles: Rock Band will support a more refined interface, and so Rock Band 2 will be updated to allow for song extraction the way Rock Band 1 was. This way, the only way to get all of your tracks in one place would be to buy The Beatles: Rock Band. Either would be possible and understandable.

RE: Online content?
By omnicronx on 3/6/2009 3:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
But in the end, you still need to buy the new game, its not going to be a download.

RE: Online content?
By therealnickdanger on 3/6/2009 3:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I love everything you just typed, I'll wait for the facts before getting excited about integration. The simple fact is that I will NOT buy this if I can't merge it with my other RB1, RB2, and DLC content.

RE: Online content?
By TreeDude62 on 3/6/2009 3:14:45 PM , Rating: 2
I will be fine with either way. I just want to be able to play all songs from one game. However the game will apparently only have 45 tracks from The Beatles. I hope that they have other non-Beatles songs in there (like the opening acts in GH: Aerosmith). If not than they will suffer the same fate as GH:Aerosmith (which had 41 songs total, 29 of which were Aerosmith) which I picked up for $20 (with a guitar) from a Gamestop which is desperately trying to get rid of them.

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