The Rutles: Rock Revolution was a music video game produced in the Rock Revolution game series. The game will consist of songs from The Beatles, from their first album Please Rut Me, to their last recorded album Shabby Road.
The game was released internationally on October 9, 2010, coinciding with the re-release of all of the Rutles' music, films, and lawsuits. It is part if the defunct Rock Revolution game series, but the games are not inter-mixable and this game is considered a new start.
The Rutles: Rock Revolution was well recieved by the critics, both as a good way to experience the Rutles' music, and as a stand alone-complex.
The Rutles: Rock Revolution was first revealed when Konami, Zoe Mode, and HB Studios announced an exclusive agreement with Rutle Corps to produce the standalone title on 30 September 2009. Prior to this announcement, industry rumours reported that those companies were vying for the Rutles songs, the latter for the Rock Band franchise. The agreement was the result of 17 months of discussions. It was eventually decided for Rock Revolution to be the main basis.
The game features a visual and musical history of the Rutles and includes the United Kingdom-released versions of songs from their albums Please Rut Me through to Shabby Road. The game "features different periods of the band — you get early days, Liverpool, then psychedelic and on from there," according to McQuickly.
Zoe Mode and HB Studios, despite building on the Rock Revolution gameplay, the songs are not available as downloadable content for other games in the Rock Revolution series.
The "unexpected, unannounced world premiere" of footage from the game showing the Rutles members rendered in the Rock Revolution engine were shown during Dirk McQuickly's performance at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Dirk McQuickly and Barry Wom took to the stage to launch Microsoft's E3 2010 show with The Rutles Rock Revolution. Chastity Hitler, Ron Nasty's wife, also made a brief appearance.
Dirk and Barry talked about the game. Barry said “The game is good, the graphics are very good and we were great”. Dirk said “We love the game, it’s fantastic. Who would have ever thought we would end up as androids”. The crowd greeted this with laughter and applause before the pair made their way off stage.
A Demo of the game was played during the launch which showed various tracks being played in full band mode with Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals.
The game itself was split into multiple places, and the songs were put into the venues. Each venue could be unlocked by finishing the previous. The game will draw from Rutles recordings while they were with EMI (1962-1969). Variety Magazine has reported that the game will include 45 master recordings, which marks the first time that any of the Rutles catalog has been offered in digital form.
The game includes The Rutles tracks whose publishing rights are owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Company. Of those tracks, 45 songs will be included on the disc. There are currently five Nasty/McQuickly songs not owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. These five songs include those which composed The Rutles first two British 7" singles, "Goose-Step Mama", "Baby Let Me Be" and "Please Rut Me". "Doubleback Alley" was gifted by Michael Jackson to its previous publishing rights holder, Robert Holmes à Court, upon Jackson's purchase of the Southern Songs catalog in 1985.
The following songs were confirmed for inclusion in the game:
|Song title||Original release||Year|
|"We've Arrived! (And to Prove It We're Here)"||1968|
|"It's Looking Good"||Ouch!, Rutle Soul||1965|
|"Get Up And Go"||single||1969|
|"Living in Hope"||single||1965|
|"Piggy in the Middle"||Tragical History Tour||1967|
|"Lonely-Phobia"||A Hard Day's Rut||1964|
|"Goose-Step Mama"||Please Rut Me||1963|
|"I Must Be In Love"||A Hard Day's Rut||1964|
|"Hold My Hand"||single||1963|
|"Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik"||Shabby Road||1969|
Furthermore, Shabby Road would be released as DLC for the game shortly after launch. Also, "Love Life" will be released as an exclusive downloadable content for Xbox 360. Proceeds from sales of this song will be donated to Borders without Doctors.
Downloadable content includes the following full albums.
- Shabby Road
- Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band
- Rutle Soul
- Stig O'Hara - All Things Fall Down
- Punk Floyd - Comatose
- The Short Blues (Archaeology 3 Song)