EA and Harmonix have announced today that "All You Need is Love" will be coming as downloadable content for the Wii and PlayStation 3 versions of The Beatles: Rock Band, ending the Xbox 360 exclusivity. If you're shocked by this, than you may want to sit down for the rest of this story, since the surprises don't stop coming.
The Wii version will be out sooner, releasing on February 16th, while PlayStation users need wait an additional few weeks for March 4th. Sadly, it appears that it will not continue donations to Doctors Without Borders, the charity that Microsoft and EA partnered with when the downloadable track was first announced. But who are we kidding, you were going to download it either way, and the end of the exclusivity means good things for anyone still rocking out to the Harmonix hit, as the song is undoubtedly one of their most well known.
The press release is below. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find a power drill to get the song out of my head.
“All You Need Is Love” Coming As Downloadable Content to The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store for Wii™ and PlayStation®3
New York – Feb. 11, 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” was released exclusively in The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft simultaneously with the game’s launch in September 2009. As previously announced, Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games, Harmonix and Microsoft donated proceeds from the sales of the downloadable track to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), generating more than $200,000 for the charity organization.
Available for Wii (Feb. 16):
Track: “All You Need Is Love”
Price: $2.00 US (200 Wii Points™ US / UK / EU)
Available for PlayStation3 System (Mar. 4):
Track: “All You Need Is Love”
Price: $1.99 US / £.99 UK / €1.49 EU
“All You Need Is Love” and other downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Bandis 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.
The Beatles: Rock Band marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Harrisongs Ltd and Startling Music Ltd has presented The Beatles music in an interactive video game format. The Beatles: Rock Band is published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) serves as distribution partner for the game. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles’ innovative LOVE album project, provided his expertise and served as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.
The Beatles: Rock Band is rated “T” for Teen with the descriptors “Mild Lyrics” and “Tobacco Reference” by the ESRB.
For more information on The Beatles: Rock Band, please visit http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/press.