Harmonix/MTV's Beatles Game: The Morning After


Posted November 2, 2008 - By Raymond Padilla

[Updated Nov-2]

It's been roughly 23 hours and 58 minutes since the Beatles-game conference-call hosted by Apple Corps, Harmonix, and MTV. I'm still stoked. It's just completely awesome. Now that we've all had time to digest the news, here are some thoughts, facts, and musings on the Beatles game.

  • The music will cover the entire Beatles catalog. In their legendary career, The Beatles' music went from catchy pop tunes (Please Please Me) to truly transcendent albums (Abbey Road). Selections from every album will be included in the game.
  • The band's image also went through a few drastic transformations. During the call, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos said, "A visual exploration of The Beatles' history is a big part of this project." I'm a little bit scared of a visual exploration of the Let It Be period, when the band sported matted, mule-like hair.
  • Rigopolus was coy when asked if any special peripherals would be made specifically for the game. His lack of an answer left me drooling for some classic Beatles instruments. It would be brilliant if we could play this game using videogame versions of Paul McCartney's Hofner violin-bass and George Harrison's Gretsch guitar.
  • Giles Martin is serving as the game's music producer. He's the son of Sir George Martin, who produced most of The Beatles' albums. The younger Martin is an accomplished songwriter and producer as well.
  • Martin will be using the original UK recordings as the game's foundation. In yesterday's conference call he said, "We are trying to keep to, as much as possible, is for people to play the songs as though they're playing the originals -- more of a way for them to interact with what they know very well, as opposed to us remixing as we did in Love." For the uninitiated, Love is a musical that melds The Beatles' music with the visual theatrics of Cirque du Soleil.

  • Platforms were not announced at this time. Unless there's some fat exclusive waiting to happen, expect the game to be released for the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. An extremely reliable source told me that a portable version of the game is being developed as well. Given the difference in storage capacities, I suspect that means the PlayStation Portable and not the Nintendo DS.
  • This announcement has huge ramifications for the gaming business. The next, obvious step would be a Journey series. The combination of catchy pop tunes, underrated guitar playing (Neil Schon is awesome), and trippy visuals would be incredible. Okay, I'm kidding about this one, but I'd certainly buy it.
  • [Update] Variety reports that the game will have 45 songs.

Anyway, that's enough scattered thoughts on The Beatles game. Out of curiosity, which Beatles songs do you want to hear in the game? Share your thoughts! I'll kick things off with the first comment.

Harmonix/MTV's Beatles Game: The Morning After


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