Beatles: Rock Band Vocal Harmonies Induce Tears, In A Good Way


Posted June 18, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill

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I’m going to bet short and say that The Beatles: Rock Band will be a moderate success when it’s released September 9. It will receive average scores, and gamers will be over it within a few weeks…Oh, who am I kidding? This game is going to be massive, and in addition to the killer track list and Beatles-themed peripherals, one of the coolest new features is the inclusion of three-part harmonies.

Developer Harmonix recently spoke with Gamasutra about how the harmony system actually works in the game, and it sounds pretty slick. Project lead Josh Randall explains:

“At the bare minimum, you plug in three mics, and anybody can sing anything they want. It's really clear that, 'Oh, the main vocal track is this color, and if I want to sing that, I can, and it's no problem.' But if you want to branch out and try doing harmonies, you can.”

Randall also said that there will be a training mode that will let players hear the separate harmonies and practice accordingly. On an more emotional note (pun semi-intended), Randall went on to say that the harmony system has actually caused some playtesters to unsuspectingly hold hands and tear up. Although, the crying might have been due to the playtesters being told that they had to stop playing the game.

On a scale from Ringo to John, how excited are you about The Beatles: Rock Band?


Beatles: Rock Band Vocal Harmonies Induce Tears, In A Good Way


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