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Posted by Ryan
Like this, but with computers!
This morning, MTV and Apple Corps confirmed pretty much exactly what everyone guessed yesterday: they're making a game that will feature the music of The Beatles. While the product in question hasn't been named specifically, it sounds like it will be a full, standalone game, and that it will be available sometime in 2009.

The Beatles are indisputably one of the most popular and influential musical acts of the 20th century, and Apple Corps has been fiercely protective of the catalog, so this is a pretty significant win for MTV and Harmonix. As one of the first big "TV bands," there's no shortage of iconic footage of the Beatles performing that could be a ton of fun to see in a game. Also, I'll be severely disappointed if there isn't a recreation of The Yellow Submarine's art style somewhere in there. As an aside, here's the five Beatles songs I'd like to see in, well, whatever the hell they end up calling this game:

Norwegian Wood
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Helter Skelter
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

OK, so that's six. Believe me, it was hard enough to whittle that list down that far. This game's going to need a deep track list.

UPDATE: We've modified this story to reflect the fact that the press release never explicitly states that this will be a Rock Band game, only that MTV, Harmonix, and Apple Corps are working together on a game featuring the music of the Beatles. In fact, Billboard specifically says that this game will not be part of the Rock Band franchise, though it will be based off the same basic framework.
Posted by Mourne

Yep. That's the game. Harmonix - 5, Everyone Else - Nil.

Posted by deaux

It'd be cool if you could choose avatars and stages like the Ed Sullivan Show, Sgt. Pepper's uniforms (of course), Rishikesh period stuff, etc.

Posted by Brad

I want to see the Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne/Dhani Harrison/Prince version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from George Harrison's posthumous Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame induction:



Posted by wafflestomp

Dig A Pony is a must!

Posted by snide

"Get Back" would be my pick for Rock Band until they add some trumpets.

Posted by erinfizz

Oooooooh. Good call on Norwegian Wood.

I want Paperback Writer.

Posted by breton

I thought they were making a completely new game.. Shacknews and Kotaku article. Shack explicitly stating that "The studio clarified that this will not be a Rock Band-branded game". Maybe you realize this, but when you say "Rock Band" and "Rock Band Beatles" five times throughout the article...

Posted by Kohe321


Posted by Roger_Klotz

Some I would like to see
I am the walrus
Strawberry Fields
Get by with a little with my friends

Posted by Vigorousjammer

(I just went through a slew of different emotions using three words...)

Edited by sirchode

For what it's worth, I've read several times on other sites that this technically has nothing to do with Rock Band, it's a totally separate game that will not be branded as a Rock Band game.

They obviously won't talk about possible Beatles-based DLC for Rock Band, which I could see going both ways, but yeah this isn't specifically related to Rock Band just yet

Posted by logson


Edited by diz

Its a shame about Ringo's uninspiring drumming though...

hen John Lennon was asked  if Ringo was the best drummer in the world, John answered; "he' wasn't  even the best drummer in the Beatles".

I really want them to do a "funk band" with Parliament, Funkadelic, Prince,  AWB etc.

Posted by Kweli


I had to sign up to this site just to reply to your post (although i like this site, so it was inevitable)

Lennon was always joking with the media.. that was just another joke of his...
Ringo was great, and they knew it... which was the reason they had to convince him to come back when he wanted to leave because they were no longer making great music...

Check ur facts

Posted by MrBrian

Run For Your Life!

Edited by migueliramos

This game is going to be the shit!!!!

Posted by grainger

i will buy this game if it includes here comes the sun!!!!

Posted by TabooTongue

The Article says it won't be a Rock Band game, however with the Beatles, it'd be the only guitar based game I would buy.

Posted by AnEternalEnigma

I am not interested in standalone games dedicated to one band. I accept the AC/DC thing because you can just rip those songs and play them on Rock Band 2, but this doesn't do anything for me. I'll pass.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

Hope it doesn't end up a huge ripoff like the AC/DC thing. Get the impression it won't be though.

Posted by Terrell

Who are the Beatles?

Just kidding, but seriously, I couldn't name a beatles song if I tried (the only thing I know is the whole yellow submarine thing because they made us watch in school, which was lame). So i guess this announcement isn't for me...

Posted by RHCPfan24

YEAH! This is going to be the best track list ever.  I love the Beatles so this should be great.


That is all.  PLEASE!!!!!!
Posted by Lockeyness

Man, I was hoping they would get picked up for Rock Revolution...

Posted by MKHavoc

I would have been happier if it was just DLC for Rock Band 2.

Posted by dietmango

Nice!! Hell yeah!!

Edited by 0kAmui0

This could have been just big a DLC pack for Rock Band 2. But now that they want to make a game out of this, I seriously hope that if it's really like Rock Band they don't sell it as a bundle with the instruments. Or at least they souldn't make new instruments for this game. Let's see where this goes.

Posted by gbrading

This is totally impossible. I thought I would never live to see the day something like this would happen. If this game emerges, I think I might actually die of excitement. If it comes out, I want to have every single Beatles song in there (though naturally this actually is impossible). Everything from Get Back all the way to Rain and Don't Let Me Down. Come Together!

Posted by CoursinLarry

I'm sorry to be this way, but it's not Coo-coo-ca-choo.  It's ACTually "Goo-goo-g'joob."

Posted by Knives

I really, really don't care about the Beatles.

Posted by VegaDemonLord

I don't care how bad of a ripoff it could possibly be, because it's the Beatles. I'm sure it won't be, but I'd shove $60 for even 20 songs. lol

I hope they include Rigby, fo sho.

Posted by MagusMaleficus

I'll say this: as much as I like the Beatles, I don't love them enough to pay $60 for a full game, if that ends up being the case. Gamefly it is, then.

Edited by dsplayer1010

I'd rather have it as Rock Band DLC, but it's still awesome news.

Posted by zoozilla

The Medley at the end of Abbey Road.

If the game has that, I'm in.

Posted by Jayzilla

is there a song after the rubber soul album that isn't a classic?

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Coursin Larry, you beat me to it.

For bonus points: what's Koo-koo ka-choo really from?

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

That's it. It's over.

Posted by Dryker

Dude, they cram this game full of Beatle's tracks, I mean like a hundred plus songs and I'll have no choice but to finally breakdown and buy a rythm game. They do this right and everyone and their grandmother is going to want this game. And Ryan is right about the Yellow Submarine art style needing to be in there, hell, they need to have themes from every album and every iconic performance. They do that and the world won't have choice whether to buy this or not. By the way, does Michael Jackson still own their early stuff? I know Paul McCartney was bidding on it for a while, but I don't know if he ever got it. It would be a shame if songs like Seventeen (I believe that's the title), from their early years, were excluded because of ownership issues.

Posted by Gregomasta

Tottaly think Rock Band broke Guitar hero.

Posted by xplodedd

okay, both these rockband/guitarhero series are making a sharp turn downhill

Edited by Valdemar

As long as I can sing and play some classics with my elders I will be delighted with the game, and I assume the Harmonix team will have a lot of support from Apple Corps, after all we're talking of the most successful IP in the whole music history.

I wonder, will this be a trend that other legendary bands will follow? Will we be able to play a Pink Floyd interactive experience? Will Atlantic records have second thoughts about the videogame market? I certainly hope so.

Good one for Harmonix! This title could be the most important piece of software that we'll see next year, cultural and artistically speaking.

Posted by lightwarrior179

Anything with the tag "The Beatles" sells like gold whether it's good or bad.
I will just wait till the end of time until Led Zeppelin finally agree to give rights of their songs for a Rock Band/Guitar Hero game.

Posted by mordecaix7

-_-  At least it's not being forced onto people who don't like The Beatles.

I wanna see some Chuck Berry.  After seeing Back To The Future, who didn't want to play Johnny B. Goode!  Well probably a lot of people, but I now I did!

Posted by artofwar420

Goddammit, now I HAVE to buy this. Visiting friends is no longer an option. I thought I could resist the plastic guitar madness...

Edited by Nick

Wow this is the first time I've actually considered getting one of these music games, I'm a huge Beatles fan. 5 songs I'd like to see?

I've Got a Feeling
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Oh! Darling
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Rocky Raccoon (although I'm not sure how well this would work in Rock Band)

ps. please let there be a bearded Paul in the game somewhere!

Posted by malxmusician212

that's awesome that they're making a Beatles game, best band of all time (doesn't mean they have to be your favorite, my fav is The Who but The Beatles have the most talent).  I think that they should make it dlc as well, cause i don't wanna shlep to a store to buy this, u kno?  Y not make it dlc???

Posted by lordofultima

She's so heavy!

Posted by Video_Tycoon

Everyone loves Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds for the obvious reasons. :P  LSD.  xD

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Epic, even if im not that much of a fan of the beatles.

Posted by Smallville123

Hey giantbomb crew why not get some inside info from Mr. Alex Navarro?

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