Central Squares Harmonix to release “The Beatles: Rock Band”

From Boston.com
LOS ANGELES – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came together to promote “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game, which was developed by Harmonix, a Cambridge company.

The two surviving Beatles, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, appeared Monday at Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center. Ono and Harrison were briefly introduced – but didn’t say anything – before McCartney and Starr appeared on stage to banter about the upcoming game.

“Whoever thought we’d end up as androids?” joked McCartney.

In the music game developed by Harmonix and published by Viacom Inc.’s MTV Games unit, players will be able to follow – and perform as – members of the legendary music group, beginning with their early days in 1963 Liverpool through their final rooftop performance. Unlike its “Rock Band” predecessor, “The Beatles” edition will feature three-part vocal harmonies.

Forty-five Beatles songs will be available on the game’s disc when “The Beatles: Rock Band” is released on Sept. 9, including “I Am The Walrus,” “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Get Back,” and “I Feel Fine.” Microsoft said “All You Need Is Love” will be released for download on the Xbox 360, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

“Rock Band” games are distributed by Electronic Arts Inc. To read an earlier Globe story about Harmonix and the Beatles, please click here.

View a photo gallery covering the event at E3, as well as screen shots from the game’s release, here.

What other Beatles songs do you hope make it into the game?

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