Beatles: Rock Band to Share the Love

February 12, 2010Written by Max Murray

Beatles: Rock Band was announced and debuted last E3 during Microsoft’s press conference, and even showcased former members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to promote it’s development. During the event, Microsoft announced exclusive content was to be released solely for the Xbox 360. Now, just over 5 months after its release, “exclusive” needs a new definition…

EA released a press statement early yesterday that the Beatle’s hit “All You Need is Love” will be making its way from the Xbox 360 to not only the Wii, but PS3 as well. Although the Wii’s version hits later this month, owners of the PS3 version can expect to see the title on the PSN Store March 4th.

The track was originally available from the game’s release as DLC on the Rock Band Music store for the 360, and as a joint promotion by Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games, Harmonix and Microsoft, the proceeds of the track were donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The effort has raised over $200,000 for the organization thus far. No word yet on where the profits gained from the other two consoles will be directed.

Guildford, UK – 11th Feb, 2010 – Apple Corps, Ltd., MTV Games and Harmonix, the world’s leading developer of music-based games and a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that The Beatles’ track “All You Need Is Love” will be available for purchase as downloadable content in The Beatles™: Rock Band™ Music Store for Wii™ system on Feb. 16, 2010, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on March 4, 2010.

“All You Need Is Love” and other downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band is available for purchase on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation®Network and via the in-game The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store for Wii™ using Wii Points purchased through the Wii™ Shop Channel.

The Beatles: Rock Band offers players an unprecedented, experiential progression through the music and artistry of The Beatles and is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation3 system and Wii. The game is compatible with all The Beatles: Rock Band and Rock Band™ instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other authorized third-party music video game peripherals and microphones.

Given the blow of lost DLC exclusives for the 360 recently, it’s hard not to draw conclusions about Microsoft’s actions. Although profits did no go to Microsoft for the song, the extra title was the incentive to purchase the 360 version over others, and now that it’s gone do you think they made the right choice? Or do you think they spent more on the 5 months and conference debut than they made up in sales?