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@ CES: Harmonix CEO: No Rock Band 3 Due For ’09, Will Focus On Beatles; 30-Plus Million Songs Sold

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Viacom’s Harmonix is breaking out of its annual development cycle for Rock Band this year to focus on the new Beatles’ game, due out in time for the holiday season, and to avoid the limits that come along with cranking out new versions, CEO Alex Rigopulos told attendees at Billboard Digital Music Live this afternoon. “A lot of our creative energy this year is focused on the Beatles project,” he explained, which makes a certain amount of sense given the high expectations for anything done in the name of the iconic group and the need for Harmonix to avoid being a one-trick pony. (I don’t think he mentioned the economic aspect — the Beatles game should provide a better revenue boost than a third Rock Band version.)

Instead, the major focus for Rock Band will be on growing the music library from 500-plus songs, although, as he said, “I don