If I stop to think about some of the most influential musicians and bands in the history of Rock, The Beatles are certainly high on the list. Unfortunately the British musicians have been slow to license their music in the digital age. I believe they are one of only 3 bands in the entire world that don’t have their work for sale on iTunes. Despite their apparent fear of modern music distribution, they have decided to allow Harmonix to develop their own music game.
One would be quick to think that this was a Rock Band title, however, this is not the case. It is apparently a completely unique game, though it does draw on the Rock Band platform in some ways. Very little is known about the project at this point, though we do have a few tidbits. One, it will follow the Beatles career from their first album all the way up to their last release. It will also feature a lot of “visual imagery”, though specifics weren’t mention. One good piece of news is that it will be compatible with current Rock Band instruments.
I keep thinking that I should be more excited about this announcement than I really am. Sure, I’d love to play some Beatles music, but this doesn’t sound like how I want to do it. They haven’t commented on whether or not the tracks will be exportable a la the AC/DC expansion for Rock Band, but since it isn’t technically a Rock Band title, I’m not holding my breath.
Honestly, if this game turns out to be a complete standalone product, I don’t see there being a great reaction to it. Why? Rock Band is the music platform that Harmonix has built up, for them to release a different rhythm title that doesn’t fit with their “platform” is a huge letdown. Aerosmith is one of my favorite bands, however, after playing through the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game once, it has yet to grace the tray of my 360 again. Sure, it was a fun game and all, but I’m not going to swap out discs and change over to a completely different game just to play a few tracks, even if they are some of my favorite songs.