Beatles to become video-game stars

31 Oct 2008

Okay, they won’t actually be starring in the game, but it will be an “experiential journey” through their career from the heady early days in Hamburg to Beatlemania, psychedelia and beyond, all told through their music.

This game is the result of a partnership between the Beatles Company, Apple Corp, MTV Networks and Harmonix, the makers of the hugely successful games series Rock Band.

Speaking about the forthcoming game, Ringo Starr said: “It gives me great pleasure to be part of The Beatles/Apple Corp and Harmonix/Rock Band partnership.

“The Beatles continue to evolve with the passing of time, and how wonderful that The Beatles’ legacy will find its natural progression into the 21st century through the computerised world we live in. Let the games commence.”

This partnership should be enough to rattle Activision, the firm behind rival music video game Guitar Hero, but one wonders how much Harmonix forked out to have access to the FabFour’s discography. After all, Apple Corp was rumoured to have been demanding £200m sterling from Apple for their entire back catalogue.

All of the Beatles are on board as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gave the project their approval, as did Yoko Ono-Lennon and Olivia Harrison, who will be involved in the development of the game, which is expected to launch some time in 2009.

McCartney said: “I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out.”

So it looks like we will all soon be able to come together and belt out a Beatles classic in a hard day’s night of rocking like the originals.

By Marie Boran

Pictured: the makers of Rock Band will let us rock out to Beatles classics