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The Beatles: Platforming in Pepperland is a 2017 2D platformer released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 30 million selling album by English Rock group The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on June 1, 2017. The game will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and mobile platforms.

Gameplay

The gameplay is a 'new-retro' 2D platformer across 9 worlds representative of each of The Beatles active years as 'The Fab Four'. Each world houses a year with 3-5 songs attached to it as well as a Boss Song. Each stage is themed after a Beatles song.

Modes

Career Mode - Play either single or multiplayer through the story.

Quick Play - Pick a song, play the level either single of multiplayer.

Online Mode - Play the song for the day online with three other fab players to try and have the most harmony to complete the level the fastest for the best score.

Be the Beat - A Harmoknight/Runner 2-esque mode with levels where you control the music.

Worlds

There are 8 worlds for each year from 1962-1970. A tenth bonus world is also unlockable.

World Levels Description Enemies Boss
1963 Please Please Me, There's A Place, Love Me Do, I Saw Her Standing There, Mopchains - Moptop balls covered in extendable chains, Mister Postman, Moneybags, Devilheart, Beethoven Misery - A personified globe causing misery.
1964 Can't Buy Me Love, And I Love Her, Eight Days A Week Mr. Moonlight, Baby's in Black I'm A Loser - A negative version of John's self.
1965 Help, Drive My Car - Car Level, Run for Your Life, Michelle Bell, Norweigian Wood, Birdhasflown, The Word, Yesterday - Now Paul becomes the boss from self-deprecation.
1966 Got to Get You Into My Life, Elenor Rigby, Doctor Robert Taxman
1967 Getting Better, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I am the Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane Sgt. Pepper's Army, Waxwork Beatles, The Walrus, Blue Jay, Hill Fool, Magical Mystery Tour Bus, Rich Man, Mr. Kite - A circus themed boss.
1968 Helter Skelter, Back in the U.S.S.R, I'm So Tired, Blackbird, Piggies, Rocky Racoon, Glass Onion, Savoy Truffle, Weeping Guitar
1969 Blue Meanies, Octopus, Maxwell, Bulldog, Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, Chief Blue Meanie
1970 Across the Universe Let It Be, The Long and Winding Road Sgt. Pepper takes this war to space and back to earth again. Pony Sgt. Pepper
199X All N/A

Story

Characters

Image Name Description
John Lennon John's an all-rounder, but he'll never be seen without a guitar. A confident leader.
Paul McCartney Paul's the bassist of the Bitles and can use his bass to be a base to be a platform in hard to get to places or stop himself or others from falling at that last minute. You'll get by with his little help, he's also a higher jumper.
George Harrison George is stuck inside a metaphorical cloud, though From Me to You he can actually float in the air temporarily and has a slower falling speed. Pretty graceful for someone that can rock a Rickenbacker.
Ringo Starr Ringo can send his drumsticks Flying, he'll hit that Fool on the Hill.

Non-Playable Characters

  • George Martin -
  • Lovely Rita -
  • Billy Preston -
  • Jeff Lynne -

Power-Ups

  • Apple - Increases health
  • Honey Pie - Growth
  • Wild Honey Pie - Shrink

Development

The game had started development after Paul McCartney interviewing upon composing a song for the release of Destiny in 2014 that "It was pretty special. If something [another game] just as intriguing came up, I’d give it a go. Who knows?", triggering a brainwave in Apple Corps. CEO Jeff Jones who oversaw development of The Beatles: Rock Band. EA were cautious upon the idea due to the "dissapointing" sales of The Beatles: Rock Band, but were spurred on by the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison as well as Ringo Starr voicing his approval over Twitter.

The idea to the small development team came about when searching Beatles songs on YouTube and stumbling across ThatGamer's [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEE04A4B1C4C9EBEC 8-Bit Beatles series]. Where comments suggested ideas for a NES-style Beatles 2D platformer. Encouraged by the idea, the team offered for the videos to be taken off YouTube for the games reveal in return for being hired as "Composing Consultant" for a games official soundtrack in a similar vein to the series.

The game was revealed at E3 2016 on EA's press conference with a surprise trailer reveal by Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney. The trailer consisted of explaining the games concept showing off close-up teaser gameplay. Only for Paul and Ringo to go off-stage due to 'technical difficulties', on comes a live playtest by sons of Beatles Dhani Harrison, Sean Lennon, James McCartney and Zak Starkey of the games first level 'Please, Please Me'. The four would provide commentary and add additional details about the game, ending with EA CEO Andrew Wilson announcing the games release just before next E3 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper for 5 platforms to rapturous applause.

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