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Rock Band Goes to Japan

*Harmonix and MTV to Partner with Q Entertainment for Rock Band: Japan*
*CAMBRIDGE, Mass - June 2, 2008* – Harmonix Music Systems, the leading
developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV
Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced today that they will team up with
Q Entertainment, a leading Japanese music game designer, to bring the
best-selling music videogame */Rock Band/* to Japan. The two studios
will work together to develop the title, marking the first US-originated
rock music game to be heavily localized for the Japanese market. The
game will feature Japanese musical acts as well as other localized assets.
Rock Band’s return to the birthplace of rhythm games will benefit from Q
Entertainment’s experience designing progressive and engaging games many
of which have a heavy focus on integrating music elements into gameplay.
Since its founding in 2003, Tokyo based Q Entertainment has become a
leader in rhythm oriented titles, including the critically acclaimed
music and luminary action puzzle game series */Lumines/*,and the
recently released Extend Every Extra Extreme (E4) and Rez HD for Xbox Live.
Today’s announcement was also featured Saturday at the 2008 MTV Video
Music Awards - Japan, where a Rock Band trailer was presented. The
US-version of Rock Band was also prominently featured backstage and at
the afterparty, giving Japanese attendees a taste of what’s to come in
the newly announced title.
*/Rock Band/*, which has sold over 3 million units in North America and
Europe, is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to interact
with music. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour
for fame and fortune, mastering lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals.With
more master recordings than any other music game, */Rock Band/* features
some of the world’s biggest rock artists and spans every genre of rock
ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk.
*/Rock Band /*is a true music platform, with over 12 million songs sold
as downloadable content since its initial release. There are currently
over 140 songs available for download in the */Rock Band/* Music Store
and Harmonix continues to release new music every week.
Since its North American release in 2007, */Rock Band/*hasgarnered over
40 awards including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007and three
awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards including
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and
Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.
For more information on */Rock Band/* and Harmonix Music Systems please
visit _www.rockband.com _ and
_www.harmonixmusic.com _.

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