MTV Games and Harmonix has announced that The Beatles’ third album, Rubber Soul, is now available as downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band.
Following the releases of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road in recent months, users can now download singles such as Drive My Car and I’m Looking Through You individually, or purchase the entire album pack.
It is hoped that the release of content from Rubber Soul, one of the greatest albums by the Fab Four, will give sales of the game a boost in the run up to Christmas. Although sales of The Beatles: Rock Band game have now surpassed one million, many feel that it hasn’t lived up to the pre-release expectations made of it.
This comes at a time when the music games sector in general is, year-on-year, in decline. This has largely been attributed to the recession and unwillingness on the part of consumers to spend additional money on associated peripherals – such as guitar-type controllers – as well as the games themselves.
Whether this downturn will be of benefit, or detrimental to the MI trade will be a matter for some debate. In recent months the industry has been torn on the subject, with some believing that music simulation games encourage players to pick up a genuine instrument and others feeling that they absorb potential instrument sales.