On October 30th, MTV Games made quite an historic announcement, and this time, it's not about a Rock Band game. No, this time they have announced their first non-Rock Band title, an untitled rhythm game project featuring none other than the most important name in rock and roll: The Beatles.
According to Joystiq's coverage of the conference call, here are the details:
- Developed by Harmonix, published by MTV and EA, just like Rock Band
- NOT a Rock Band-branded title, but it runs on the Rock Band engine and is compatible with Rock Band's controllers. In other words, it's a Rock Band title.
- Will feature "samples" from The Beatles' entire catalog
- "Visual imagery" is apparently very important, perhaps implying Beatles-based character designs, settings, and effects. (Yellow Submarine anybody?)
- Hardware platform wasn't discussed, though 360 and PS3 are probable, while the Wii's baby-boomer appeal might make it a good choice as well.
- Tracks are based on UK releases
- It is unknown whether you will be able to transfer tracks to Rock Band games a la Rock Band 2.
- Releases holiday season 2009
If there is anything I could have wanted from a Rock Band game (let's face it, that's what it is), it was The Beatles, who have never appeared in a Guitar Hero or Rock Band game due to licensing negotiations. Also, before anybody asks why Steve Jobs would be involved with The Beatles, Apple Corp. is the company that owns the rights to all of The Beatles' music, and it is, in fact, very different from Apple, Inc. of computer-building and iPod-selling fame. Check back here at Ani-Gamers for ongoing coverage of this upcoming Beatles game.[via Joystiq]