|Posted by Armando Garcia on March 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM||comments (0)|
Gamers to Get Black Sabbath Master Tracks for the First Time Ever, as Well as Music from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fall Out Boy, Blur, The All-American Rejects, Saving Abel and Phoenix
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 31, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) April lineup of downloadable songs is sure to satisfy with huge rock bands and popular tracks for Guitar Hero(R) 5 and Band Hero(TM) players this month. With the addition of tracks from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fall Out Boy, Blur, The All-American Rejects, Saving Abel, Phoenix and Black Sabbath, the Guitar Hero music library continues to evolve and expand, providing hours of entertainment for fans of all music genres.
Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd kicks off the month of downloadable music on April 1, with a three song track pack featuring the rock anthem that first brought the band national attention, "Free bird." In addition, gamers will also get the popular singles "Simple Man" and "Gimme Three Steps" off Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1973 debut album.
On April 8, gamers can let the good times roll with the Fall Out Boy Track Pack, which contains three hits from their certified-platinum album Infinity on High. "Thnks fr th Mmrs," "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and "The Take Over, The Breaks Over" will have players rocking out to the creative lyrics and catchy tunes that helped garner the band mainstream success.
Gamers looking for more great songs to expand their music libraries are in for a treat as Guitar Hero throws three hot singles into the mix. "Gives You Hell," the 2008 hit single by The All-American Rejects, "There's No Other Way" by alternative rock band Blur and "Addicted" off Saving Abel's debut self-titled album will be available as downloadable singles starting April 15.
On April 22, the stage is set for Grammy Award winning French alternative rock band, Phoenix, to make their Guitar Hero debut. "Everything Is Everything" from Phoenix's 2005 album, Alphabetical, will join "Lisztomania" and "1901," from their award winning 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, to give fans of the band a new way to experience the music they know and love.
Driving home the broad selection of rockin' Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero downloadable music is heavy metal pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Black Sabbath, on April 29. The unforgettable and intense experience that is Black Sabbath comes to music gaming fans, as master tracks, for the first time, featuring "After Forever," "Into The Void" and "Sweet leaf," three tracks off their double-platinum album Master of Reality
The Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fall Out Boy, Phoenix and Black Sabbath track packs will be available on Xbox LIVE(R) Marketplace for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation(R)Store for the PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system for $5.49 and for Wii(TM) for 550 Wii Points(TM). All songs in each track pack, as well as The All-American Rejects, Blur and Saving Abel tracks, will also be released as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. In addition to the in-game music store and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE(R) online entertainment network.
For more information about Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and their entire line-up of downloadable songs, please visit www.guitarhero.com.
|Posted by Armando Garcia on March 31, 2010 at 5:48 PM||comments (0)|
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 31, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Marvel Entertainment (NYSE: MVL) have released the first details of Spider-Man(TM): Shattered Dimensions, the newest entry of non-stop heroic action to star the iconic wall-crawler. The video game is scheduled for release in September 2010 and will allow players to travel through four different worlds as distinctly different versions of Spider-Man from four universes across Marvel lore, two of which are announced today: The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir.
As Spider-Man, players will experience a wide variety of gameplay and dramatic environments. The Amazing Spider-Man experience delivers innovative web combat and visuals in a world that pays tribute to the classic era of the legendary Super Hero. In contrast, Spider-Man Noir features a cunning and covert depiction of Spider-Man, who utilizes shadows to perform stealth takedowns in a 1930's-influenced, black-and-white cinematic environment.
"Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions delivers an original storyline that bridges four unique worlds," said Rob Kostich, Head of Marketing, Activision Publishing, Inc. "Each action-packed universe will have its own detailed art design and thrilling missions, challenging gamers to use new skill sets to defeat enemies as they unlock powerful new moves and progress through the game."
Penned by acclaimed Marvel comic book writer Dan Slott, the story takes players on a mission to capture the magical energy of the Tablet of Order and Chaos, which has been shattered and scattered across parallel universes. Gamers are challenged to battle fan-favorite villains such as the lethal Kraven and a custom, never-before-seen Noir version of Hammerhead, in a quest to restore the fabric of reality.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is developed by Beenox and not yet rated. Fans can learn more about Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and the next worlds to be revealed by visiting www.SpiderManDimensions.com.
|Posted by Armando Garcia on March 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM||comments (0)|
Rob Corddry Presents Games to the Crew of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 30, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- To celebrate the launch of the new multiplayer map pack - Call of Duty(R): Modern Warfare(R) 2 Stimulus Package, Activision Publishing, Inc., (Nasdaq: ATVI), through its Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), has delivered over $180,000 worth of Modern Warfare 2 games to the U.S. Navy.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/activision/43029/
Copies of the blockbuster game were presented to sailors by actor Rob Corddry and Rear Adm. Ronne Froman, USN Ret., a member of the CODE advisory council, during a special event aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in San Diego, CA. The games will be distributed to over 300 ships and submarines, as well as Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities around the world.
"Not only is it important to raise awareness of the issue of veterans' unemployment, it is also really cool to bring a game to service members and let them have some fun after spending so much time serving their country," said Rob Corddry. "They really deserve it and I am so glad that I can be a part of it."
CODE is a non-profit, public benefit corporation that seeks to help soldiers transition to civilian careers after their military service. The endowment focuses its resources on assisting organizations that provide job placement and training to veterans, as well as engaging the media and public forums to raise awareness about the issue.
|Posted by Armando Garcia on March 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM||comments (0)|
MINNEAPOLIS, March 24, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Feld Motor Sports(SM) today announced Monster Jam(R) 2011 for the Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. The Monster Jam 2011 video game promises to be the ultimate monster truck experience complete with unprecedented realism, customization, truck handling and all-out destruction. The game is scheduled for release in Fall 2010.
Monster Jam, the world's largest and most popular monster truck touring property, remains the leader in family-friendly live motor sports entertainment, selling more than 4 million tickets at 325 performances worldwide in 2009. With the feverishly anticipated Monster Jam World Finals coming this weekend to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, the 2010 Monster Jam tour is on pace to be another recording-setting year for the brand.
"Monster Jam fans spoke to us loud and clear - they want to compete in stadium events that feel like the real thing and control monster trucks that handle like the real thing," said David Oxford at Activision Publishing. "We can't wait to let them either create their own trucks, or drive one of the 30 authentic trucks from Monster Jam then destroy everything in sight, just like their favorite drivers."
Monster Jam 2011 is all about authenticity, personality, and fun, with 30 officially licensed Monster Jam trucks, including fan-favorites Grave Digger(R), Maximum Destruction(R), and Grinder(TM). Players can also create and customize their own trucks with thousands of options, unlocking new parts and upgrades as they progress through the game.
Eight real life stadiums from the Monster Jam circuit help bring the live atmosphere to the living room like never before, with explosive truck introductions, pyrotechnics and lighting, and a roaring crowd. In single player mode the goal is the same as for real life drivers - rise through the ranks of ruthless competitors to ultimately battle against the best at the Monster Jam World Finals! Head-to-head multiplayer modes take the heart-pounding competition to another level.
"Activision has been a fantastic partner of ours for many years now, and this year they have outdone themselves," said Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motor Sports "Monster Jam 2011 will be the ultimate monster truck video game, our fans are going to flip when they get their hands on it!"
This game is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information visit www.MonsterJam.com or www.activision.com.
|Posted by Armando Garcia on March 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Over 100 Original Mixes Now Available For Virtual DJs and Their Friends to Spin, Scratch and Battle
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 18, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Two of the biggest artists in music, JAY-Z and Eminem, are mixing it up again with Activision Publishing, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) DJ Hero(TM) - the #1 new videogame intellectual property of 2009 - by dropping their rhymes in exclusive mixes available for download beginning today on Xbox LIVE(R) Marketplace for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The JAY-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack delivers three standout hits from each legend, including JAY-Z's "Can I Get A..." mixed with Eminem's "Lose Yourself," driving the total number of one-of-a-kind mixes available for fans to spin, scratch and battle into triple digits.
"From sold out concerts to #1 albums to double digit Grammy Awards, JAY-Z and Eminem define what it means to be a successful artist," said Jamie Jackson, Creative Director, FreeStyleGames. "The DJ Hero soundtrack is an expanding collection of chart-topping hit music - mixed in an all-new way - that can only be experienced in our game, and with the addition of the JAY-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack, players and their friends can not only experience, but interact with over 100 unique mixes."
The JAY-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack features the following exclusive mash-ups:
"Shake That" by Eminem Mixed With "Show Me What You Got" by JAY-Z
"Without Me" by Eminem Mixed With "Encore" by JAY-Z
"Can I Get A..." by JAY-Z Mixed With "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
The JAY-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack is available now on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for 640 Microsoft Points. The Mix Pack will be available on the PlayStation(R)Store for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system on March 25, 2010 for $7.99. All mixes will be released as downloadable singles for Wii(TM) on March 25, 2010 for 300 Wii Points each.
The DJ Hero Extended Mix Pack 01, featuring two party rockin' grooves: 50 Cent featuring Mary J. Blige "All Of Me" mixed with Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" and "DARE" by Gorillaz vs. Public Enemy's "Can't Truss It;" and the David Guetta Mix Pack 01 containing remixes of his hot tracks "When Love Takes Over" featuring Kelly Rowland, the chart-topping "Sexy Chick" featuring Akon and "On The Dance Floor" featuring will.i.am and apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas; are available now. For information on how to connect your console and access DJ Hero downloadable content, please visit: http://www.djhero.com/support/.
The #1 new videogame intellectual property by revenue in the U.S. and Europe for calendar 2009, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack and GfK, DJ Hero delivers an all-new interactive music experience that allows players to not only experience, but hear music in an all-new way. Featuring mixes created by DJ AM, Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip and more, spinning over 100 individual songs, highlighted in 93 unique never-before-released mixes that blend genres of music, including hip-hop, pop, rock and dance, DJ Hero delivers the most diverse and international collection of music ever assembled in a music game by incorporating anthems from legendary artists. Created exclusively for DJ Hero, the turntable controller immerses fans into DJ culture and a sea of music as they utilize and master various DJ techniques including scratching, crossfading and sampling, while leaving room for creative expression with a variety of effects and player chosen samples and scratches, transforming a face in the crowd into the life of the party.
The DJ Hero Renegade Edition includes a copy of the game, a premium Renegade turntable controller, hardshell turntable carrying case that converts to a performance-ready DJ stand, and an exclusive JAY-Z and Eminem 2-CD pack featuring "best of" and new, unreleased material.
Available now, DJ Hero was developed by FreeStyleGames for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION(R)3 and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment systems and the Wii(TM) system from Nintendo. The game is rated "T" (Teen - Mild Suggestive Themes, Lyrics) by the ESRB. For more information about DJ Hero, please visit djhero.com, facebook.com/djhero and twitter.com/djhero.