Karaoke franchise signs up the 1970's superstars for PlayStation collaboration.
The SingStar franchise is developing into one of the widest-ranging series around. Since its arrival on the PlayStation 2 in 2004, it has grown to encompass widely varied music genres within its karaoke-based gameplay, where players aim to sing along to the songs and keep in tune. From SingStar Bollywood to SingStar '80s, the game has left almost no musical stone unturned and has sold over 13 million copies in PAL territories. SingStar arrived on the PlayStation 3 in 2007 and continues to expand via downloadable content in the online SingStore.
However, it seems there are still new high notes to hit. This week, Sony has announced two new additions to the SingStar family. Sony Computer Entertainment America yesterday revealed details of a Country version for the PlayStation 2 that will be released in conjunction with Sony BMG Nashville on October 28, and the company's European arm has today announced SingStar Abba for both the PS2 and PlayStation 3.
SingStar Country, which is still developed by Sony's London Studio, promises 30 tracks from artists, including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, and Faith Hill, and is set for US release on October 24. SingStar Pop vol. 2 and SingStar Legends will also be available in the US for the PlayStation 2 "this fall."
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's collaboration with Abba will see not only the release of SingStar Abba, but also an agreement with the Swedish band's rights owners, Universal Music Group, of "exclusivity for disc-based PlayStation titles until December 2009." Abba has sold over 350 million units worldwide since it emerged in 1972 and has had a recent boost from the success of the musical and movie Mamma Mia!. The game will feature many of Abba's greatest hits, including "Mamma Mia," "Gimme Gimme Gimme," "Waterloo," and "Dancing Queen."
Fans who can't wait to sing along to the hits that have graced many a wedding disco will be able to get their hands on SingStar Abba in time for Christmas.
Will buy Singstar ABBA, its No1 on my games list for the PS3, infact its the only game on the list, only have a PS3 for Singstar at the moment, wife loves it, I must say I also kick arse on it as well.
shoulda done like singstar queen: release the ps2 game on cd, distribute song packs via ps3 singstore. queen songs are better anyway.
Well, I for one will buy this as well as mamma mia on blu-ray, does that make me any less a man? I don't think so, I'm happy with my sexuality, only those with forbidden desires need worry. The wife will love this singstar version and her actually playing computer games is much better than her moaning about me playing them!!!
Yuck... my sister loves this band and filled the house with that insufferable garbage until I moved out. NEVER AGAIN!
It's also policy that when you buy Singstar Abba, your Man-Membership card suffers a 200 point deduction. And no, "my girlfriend's making me..." won't cut it
Mamma Mia... Here I go again.. My, my, how can I resist it? YOU ARE THE DANCING QUEEEEEEEN, YOUNG AND LEAN ONLY SEVENTEEEEEEN. (dundun dundun dundun)
"Why is this going to be a disc-based game for the PS3 when we already have SingStar and a very competent way of adding music to it? Aren't releases like this defeating the point of the work that went into SingStar in the first place?" Tell that to Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Not a fan of ABBA, so another missed game for me I guess.
cool. we can all sing the..5 great songs they have! does anyone listen to anyother song they have other than mama mia, dancing queen, and can't help falling in love?
This Mamma Mia movie hit the world like Titanic did 10 or so years ago, just came outta no where, next thing I know my 5 year old niece is dancing around singing the ABBA songs. Talk about retro. You know your old when the stuff that was on the radio back when you where a kid have become cool again, yikes. Oh....when did bell bottoms come back in style? The only way you can tell if a photo is from the 70s or NOW is weather or not the person has a cell phone glued to thier ear, otherwise its a total guess :)
Why is this going to be a disc-based game for the PS3 when we already have SingStar and a very competent way of adding music to it? Aren't releases like this defeating the point of the work that went into SingStar in the first place?
Goodness gracious, this is AWESOME! People sing ABBA at parties without karaoke, so I can't imagine what they'll do once this is available!
I'd be happier to sing along to Abba if I didn't know that much of it was due to the release of a crappy Abba-themed movie.
This should be DLC if anything. I know folks will have a great time singing along with the tunes....there was a Mamma Mia! Sing Along version of the film released in theatres this August. But I thought the SingStore had a purpose. I'd much rather an expensive set of DLC packs (say 10 songs for 9.99 or whatever) instead of a game that will probably be without DLC for 39.99 - 49.99.
2nd`d lord reginer, abba is bad enough but country, cmon sony, how about decent rock / metal / punk, even rap or dance would be a change.
Sony, why do you continue to release new content for SingStar on the PS2 and not take it to the PS3, especially with the very profitable nature of the SingStore? Coupled also with the fact that we will soon be able to use all PS2 SingStar discs on the PS3, I don't see what the aim here is.