Harmonix has confirmed that its Beatles-themed music game will be released on 9 September this year, and will be called The Beatles: Rock Band. An official site has gone live today inviting gamers to sign up for alerts when pre-ordering begins.It’s a big deal – the game will launch simultaneously in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other countries, and will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.The game will include support for guitar, bass, mic and drums, but will also offer “a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career”. Sitar! It has to be a sitar…The game will be compatible with existing Rock Band instruments, so fans won’t have to shell out for new ones, which is a nice touch. The standalone game will cost $59.99 on all three consoles, while the standalone guitars will cost $99.99, and the full Premium Bundle will cost $249.99. Giles Martin is acting as Music Producer for the project, which follows the band through their career. Harmonix, together with parent company MTV Games and Beatles firm Apple Corps, will be encouraging pre-orders by making “exclusive content” available to early purchasers over the next few months.

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