Fire up your XBOX 360’s and get ready to rock the wiimote Rickenbakcers and Casios my friends. The Beatles are coming soon to a video game console near you. It looks like I may need to finally upgrade my video game system because of this. I am still running an Nintendo 64 and an XBOX.
The time has come to upgrade and this may be the thing that pushes me to do it. 9.9.09 catchy. John’s lucky numbers just seem to pop up everywhere even after he’s gone.
Here’s what we’ve read.
The music of the Beatles will arrive as a playable video game for the first time on September 9, 2009 when The Beatles: Rock Band hits stores in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The game, which will be available for Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii on the same day, “takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career,” according to a press release issued by the title’s makers, Apple Corps, Harmonix and MTV Games. While there’s no playlist or word about venues and avatars, there will be a limited number of instruments issued that are modeled after guitars, basses and drums John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr used (regular Rock Band peripherals will be compatible, too).
Three offerings will be released on September 9th: The Beatles: Rock Band software; standalone guitars; and a limited edition premium bundle that will presumably include the game and some configuration of instruments. And there’s an incentive to pre-order now: the game’s makers say exclusive content will be accessible to those who reserve the game in advance through major retailers over the next few months. The game’s official Website is active and promises updates.