Sept 15 - Added code to Misc section to view hidden pictures
An all in one place thread for information on The Beatles: Rock Band. This information was culled from multiple sources and is not to be taken as truth until a representative from Harmonix makes the statement that the information is reliable.
Official Web Site: http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/
World Wide Release was on 9/9/09
• The Beatles: Rock Band Software - Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $59.99 MSRP
• The Beatles: Rock Band Standalone Guitars - Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $99.99 MSRPOfficial: Press Release See controller section for more info
• The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $249.99 MSRP USA. Includes new Beatles instruments
Stage Kit - The strobe light and the fogger do not work
The game does have cut scenes to pull together a sort of history of The Beatles to carry the game's narrative. http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/preorderclub/
During the loading screens you will hear snippets of conversation between The Beatles.
Six-player co-op (three singers, drummer, bass, guitar); that playing on Easy difficulty automatically sets your track on no Fail; and that there’s a super-accessible No Fail toggle right on the song-select screens.Link
The game begins during the band's earliest days at The Cavern Club in
Liverpool, England. Gamers will then travel across the Atlantic to experience the band's unforgettable 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the sold-out concert at New York's Shea Stadium in 1965, and conclude at The Beatles' memorable concert at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. The Beatles' studio years will come to life in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. Highlighting the studio years are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to imaginative environments that capture the essence of The Beatles' genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years. As an example the song “Here Comes the Sun” starts in the Abbey Road Studio and then fades into the band playing on a hilltop. The game follows The Beatles to 1969 where story mode culminates with their final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps Headquarters.
McCartney says players will find hidden features. “You've got the basic ‘Rock Band’ game with Beatles songs and then you have also got loads of goodies. If you get to a certain level, you get prizes -- photos, snippets and much more.” “You get interesting anecdotes” Often a wide variety and never before seen. They came from the Apple Corp Archives.
You can ONLY play at the Beatles, there is NO “create a rocker” in the game
Online – Can play all the normal modes online like RB2 (tug of war, quick play, score duel) and it seems the Story Mode will also be playable online. Can have three vocalist, but all three must be using same console. Link
Quickplay – Jump right into the game and experience the fabulous music of The Beatles as all songs will be unlocked in this easy to access mode. Quickplay also features familiar competitive Rock Band modes Tug of War and Score Duel!
Story Mode – Set out on an experiential progression through The Beatles’ legendary career from The Cavern Club to Abbey Road Studios! The story mode takes you through the career in chapters and has an ending cinematic that is reminiscent of the movie Brian’s Song Link
Chapter Challenges – Master all of the songs from a single Chapter in the career of The Beatles with special challenges! These challenges essentially string all songs from the chapter togetherlink
Training Modes – Go beyond the basics and perfect your sound with training modes that includes Beatle Beats, Vocal Practice mode and more!
--------o Beatle Beats – Take on the stylings of Ringo Starr with this training mode that lets you practice actual drum beats from a selection of The Beatles catalogue
--------o Vocal Practice Mode – Train your ear and voice to master three part harmony! Use the guide pitch to help you sing hard to decipher parts perfectly in-tune!
The game will rely on realistic graphics to capture the mood and feel of the group, allowing players to see them mature both musically and physically as the game progresses. Unofficial: Link
You can have up to three singers, which puts up multiple “tubes” when there’s more than one singer. If two singers nail a phrase’s harmony part, they earn a “Double Fab,” and successfully getting all three earns a “Triple Fab.” Drake …that “vocals are constructive, not destructive,” which means that you can only help your band’s score with good singing, but not hurt it if you don’t. Best of all, though, is the game software doesn’t expect one person to have the lead part and another specific mic to have a harmony. If the players switch places or go a phrase singing the same part, there’s no penalty. It just won’t help the group maximize its score. A single vocalist can choose to fly solo with the song, or for a real challenge, players can jump on to vocals and try to sing and play at the same time, much like the Fab Four did. link
Our new guitars have an adjustment to their firmware. What does this mean? It means that you need to hold the start button/navigation button down for a little while to make it function. Why is this good? No more butter fingers accidentally pausing the game or bringing up the console navigation thing and stopping the music with their floundering. A win for all!
Singstar and Lipps mics can be used Video Link
Getting your drums into overdrive, now called Beatlemania, is no longer predicated on a freestyle overlay mode on the songs. Now a green stripe appears on the right most track which ends in a cymbal crash. Hitting that crash sets off Beatlemania.
Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 Peripheral and Harrison's Gretsch Duo Jet Peripheral are the other two styles of guitar and will be sold as stand alone controllers. Offical Press Release
From Official Press Release:
Limited Edition Premium Bundle includes:
• The Beatles: Rock Band software
• Höfner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney
• Beatles-inspired and Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drums with classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head. Plus, The Beatles Logo is Embossed on the pedal.
• Microphone Stand
• Additional special content
The Drums and Hofner Bass are NOT sold separately
The game will be compatible with all Rock Band® instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other third party music video game peripherals and microphones. Official
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Feel Fine
Don't Let Me Down
Please Please Me (1963)
I Saw Her Standing There
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Twist and Shout
With the Beatles (1963)
I Wanna Be Your Man
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
A Hard Day's Night
Can't Buy Me Love
Beatles For Sale (1964)
Eight Days a Week
Ticket To Ride
Rubber Soul (1965)
Drive My Car
I'm Looking Through You
If I Needed Someone
And Your Bird Can Sing
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Good Morning Good Morning
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
I Am The Walrus
The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
Back In the U.S.S.R.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Abbey Road (1969)
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun
Let It Be (1970)
Dig a Pony
I Me Mine
I Got a Feeling
Within You Without You/ Tomorrow Never Knows
Beatles fans will also be thrilled to hear previously unreleased authentic voice recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo chatting between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road more than four decades ago
Giles Martin, the son of George Martin, who helped with the remixes on the LOVE project will serve as Music ProducerOfficial: Link
Martin says they plan on keeping the songs as close to the originals as possible, not doing a LOVE type remix. Official: Link game mixes for The Beatles: Rock Band will be completely unique for the game, separate from the remastered version of the Beatles catalog that will be released this September. link
All you need is Love will be made available exclusivly to Live, on 09/09/09 for $1.99, Until 12/09/2009, with money being donated to Doctors without borders.
Abbey Road - October 20
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - November
Rubber Soul - December
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The entire catalogue might be stretching it a bit. I think we'll have a lot of the relevant and live music with four player band instrumentation. That being said, there's no fixed cap right now. We have a certain number of songs we're working on right now. Apple Corp has said they're interested in working and going forward, so we're hoping to do as much as they'll let us have. Link
DLC from “the Studio” years will contain dreamscapes
The Abbey Road Medley will be playable as one song for those buying the entire album
DLC will only work for TB:BR, it will NOT work for RB or RB2
Compatibility with Rock Band
For a variety of technical and artistic reasons it made much more sense to all involved to have TB:RB available as it's own game. The Beatles: Rock Band is simply a different game. I think if you ask people that got a hands on at E3 they'd tell you that this doesn't feel like a part of the RB universe. HMXHenry’s Post
The Beatles game is a stand-alone product that won't support song-swapping either to or from The Beatles: Rock Band link
Enter quickly at the "The Beatles Rock Band" title screen (Press START button is at the bottom of the screen).
_____Blue, Yellow, Orange, Orange, Orange, Blue, Blue, Blue, Yellow, Orange: Unlocks set of bonus photos
Yes there is a code on the back of the manual. It doesn't do anything. It is our habit to serialize all our games like this.
iVideosongs [has] rights to allow it to sell video tutorials of Beatles songs taught by Giles Martin filmed at Abbey Road Studios. [They] already have a deal with Harmonix to put its tutorials on the main Rock Band site, and are in talks to do the same for Beatles: Rock Band. Wired
Digitally remastered versions of the band's catalog will be released worldwide on Sept. 9, the same day as the release of a video game, "The Beatles: Rock Band." - Link
The two surviving Beatles as well as the wives of the Beatles who are no longer with us have passed on their full blessings. Official: Link
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Beatles: Rock Band
1. Paul McCartney fact checked the entire game. Every Beatles fact, photo, and video has been reviewed by him for complete accuracy.
2. Every song in the Story mode has two photos that serve as rewards for your performance. The first one is awarded at 3 stars, and the second one at 5 stars – difficulty doesn’t matter. The photos are all rare, or never-before-seen.
3. The extremely hard to find The Beatles’ Christmas Album is included in the game, in its entirely as an unlockable.
4. This game wants to train you to be the fifth Beatle – there are 45 different tutorials for the vocal practice mode, and a whopping 86 different ones for the drum trainer, which is entitled Beatles Beats.
5. At the end of each song, long-time Beatles producer Sir George Martin tells the guys in the band (a.k.a. you) how well they performed on each track.
Bonus: In the Dreamscape for “I Am The Walrus,” the band is decked out in the same costumes that are on the cover of the Magical Mystery Tour album, which means that John is, actually, the walrus for the duration of the song. Link