Speaking to Gamespot, Rock Band lead designer Dan Teasdale given some hints at just how much work's been involved in getting Apple Corp to an announcement stage of the newly confirmed Beatles game. Sounds as though it hasn't been easy.
"We started the process about 17 months ago, so it's great to finally talk about it," he said.
Harmonix PR chap John Drake added: "We've been in talks with them for a very, very, long time.
"[Apple Corps CEO] Jeff Jones was saying that they respected and appreciated what Harmonix does creatively for rhythm games... being pioneers in the field, bringing the full band experience, and we, of course, are colossal fans of the Beatles so there's not too much to think about why it's a great deal."
Time isn't an issue when you're aiming this high, said Teasdale, who appeared to be "quite pleased" at the signing.
"The Beatles are amazing," he said. "To make it clear, this isn't a Rock Band game, this is a new experience for the Beatles. It's a way to experience the Beatles' music, it's a way to bring this to a whole new audience as well as people who are huge fans of the Beatles.
"From our end it's amazing... The Beatles are the biggest band in the world. They're music legends, and to be able to bring that experience to everyone is a great honour."
The game's out next year. More through the link.