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.
quote: Also, their 15 minutes of fames as you say, was 12 years of the group being together... and about 60 years of out selling every other band.... That is a huge testimony to their overall talent – something current bands are still trying to achieve a small fraction of.
quote: And popularity has NOTHING to do with talent.