For the first time, the music of The Beatles will be featured in a video game.
The Fab Four will enter the lucrative video game market in a deal with MTV Games and Harmonix, creators of the “Rock Band” series, according to this Associated Press story.
The game is set to debut in time for 2009′s holiday season.
“The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music. I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out,” Paul McCartney said in a statement to the AP.
The game will not be titled “Rock Band,” but will work with the existing instruments: guitar/bass, drums and microphone. Game developers were dodgey about whether new instruments, such as a keyboard or perhaps a sitar, would be introduced for the game.
The game will span the Beatles’ diverse musical and personal styles, from the bubble-gum pop and mop tops to the psychedelia and hippie attitudes.
“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 computerized world we live in,” Beatles drummer Ringo Starr in a release to the AP. “Let the games commence.”
Giles Martin, son of Beatles’ producer, George Martin, will serve as music producer, with input from McCartney, Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison.
While we’re on the subject of music games, my son, Chris, received a copy of “Rock Band 2 Special Edition,” and I’ll be bringing you a review in the coming days.