Woo-hoo! Go Rock Band, go rock band!
*MTV Games, Harmonix and EA Announce that /Rock Band/ is *
*Available Nationwide Today!*
*CAMBRIDGE, MA November 20, 2007* */Harmonix/*, the worldwide leading
developer of music-based games, and *MTV Games, *a part of Viacoms MTV
Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner *Electronic
Arts *(NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that the */Rock Band/** Special
Edition Bundle* is now available at retail stores across America for the
for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and
PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
*/Rock Band /*is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to
interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to
put together a band and tour for fame and fortune all while learning
to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals.Featuring the most master
recordings of any music game ever by the worlds biggest rock
artists,*/Rock Band/*includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock
ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With
multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline
game modes to choose from, with the ability to play as a band or
individually, */Rock Band/* offers an infinite number of ways to play
each song and live out your ultimate rock and roll fantasies.
In addition to the 58 songs available on the game disc, Harmonix and MTV
Games are offering a stellar first line-up of new downloadable content
available at launch to satiate the desire for constantly refreshed
*/Rock Band /*content and enable players to customize their game
experience. The robust download calendar includes multi-song packs, full
albums and individual tracks from some of rock and rolls biggest artists.
The */Rock Band /**Special Edition Bundle (Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3
system)* features a Fender Stratocaster guitar controller, an electronic
drum kit, real drum sticks, a microphone and software. The Xbox 360
bundle also comes with a USB hub for easy plug-in access for all
instruments. Standalone */Rock Band/* software is also available which
supports a variety of 3rd-party instrument peripherals as well as
enables owners to share peripherals with those who own the Special
*Rock Band* is rated T for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by
As previously announced, */Rock Band /*is slated for release on the
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system on December 18, 2007 in
North America. */Rock Band /*will ship in Canada on December 17^th for
Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2. */Rock Band /*will ship in
Europe for the Xbox 360^® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft® and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in the first quarter of 2008.
EA is the exclusive distribution and marketing partner for */Rock
Band/*, managing distribution for the game in US, Europe and Australia.
For more information on */Rock Band /*and Harmonix Music Systems,
please visit www.rockband.com
*About MTV Networks:*
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's
leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
MTV Networks, with 135 channels worldwide, owns and operates the
following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2,
VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV,
CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL
SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these
networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its
audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more
than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband,
wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing
agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its
programming services can be seen worldwide.
*About MTV Games:*
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing
high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the
MTV audience and complements the core values of the MTV Networks brands.
*About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc:
*Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established
in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented
videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who
formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience
the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and
rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit:
*About Electronic Arts*
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is
the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded
in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive
software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, cellular
handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under
four brand names: EA SPORTS^TM , EA^TM , EA SPORTS BIG^TM and POGO^TM .
In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles
that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game
site is www.ea.com
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