According to the son of Beatle George Harrison, the upcoming Fab Four-inspired video game The Beatles: Rock Band will feature brand new material and will be "totally historically accurate."
Dhani Harrison, who worked on the project behind-the-scenes, as well as having been used as a model for some of the game's characters, told Billboard the game will feature "stuff that has never been heard, never been released." Sadly, Harrison could not reveal any more specific info.
As far as his role in the game: "I took the project to Apple and sort of convinced everybody to have a presentation," Harrison said. "My job description is...being enthusiastic. We've been working on it for the past two years. This is the first one that is going to be totally, historically accurate. It's been a real headache, but it's been the most enjoyable work I've done in my life."
Oh, man, am I excited to play this game, as a Beatles fan and a gamer. I wonder if the new material is a dusty old live tape or some Beatles era demos someone just discovered.
...But on the other hand, how sad will you be if this game stinks?
Although past Rock Band releases have always been stellar, there are many ways this one could go tragically, horribly wrong. What if someone from Apple Corps thinks they have great ideas for a video game and ends up making it a Linda and Paul dating sim? What if the entire soundtrack of Beatles: Rock Band is Ringo Starr songs? What if the Beatles psychedelic period is represented by a 12 minute, impossible-to-play Ravi-Shankar Sitar jam? What if digital Yoko shows up to break up the band? What if part of the game involves marrying a one-legged model? Yikes!
In all seriousness, though: What if they put out a Beatles game, and rather than a loving tribute, it's more of a cheap rip-off? I don't predict that will happen, but it could and that would really, really suck. We'll all find out when this game comes out on September 9th.