19th August 2009 - Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that the company will bring some of the largest videogame franchises to the new gamescom trade fair for interactive games and entertainment, which is being held in Cologne between 19th – 23rd August. Attendees will get the chance to experience a host of titles including Band Hero™, Blur™, DJ Hero™, Guitar Hero® 5, Modern Warfare® 2, Singularity™ and Tony Hawk®: RIDE™ and the LucasArts’ titles Lego® Indiana Jones™ 2: The Adventure Continues and Star Wars® The Clone Wars™: Republic Heroes™ amongst others.
Thibaud de Saint-Quentin, senior vice president and managing director of European publishing for Activision commented, “The very first gamescom games convention offers fresh and exciting opportunities to showcase Activision’s diverse videogames line-up. We are confident that our portfolio of upcoming titles will continue to impress our global audience and reinforce Activision’s position as a key market leader.”
Activision will be showcasing a variety of titles on the show floor, which can be found in Hall 6/B-11. The opening times for this area are as follows:
Thursday - Saturday: 10.00-20.00
The Following Activision titles will be shown at gamescom on the show floor:
Band Hero™ - This November, family and friends will come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero™. Brought to you by the makers of Guitar Hero®, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Band Hero features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone’s favourite acts including Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects and Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages will be able to experience the signature, easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master Guitar Hero® gameplay. Elevated social gameplay in Band Hero allows fans to create the band they always dreamed of using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favourite music. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii™, and PlayStation®2)
Band Hero™ for Nintendo DS™ Lite – Music fans can now take their whole band and play their favourite music on the road anytime, anywhere with Band Hero™ for the Nintendo DS™ Lite. Band Hero takes the fun of social gaming beyond the living room and allows families and friends to play together as a band with the DS Lites’ built in microphone, the brand new innovative Drum Grip that gives players the ability to lay down beats on their DS Lite and the signature Guitar Hero® Guitar Grip™ guitar gameplay. This cooperative, family-friendly addition to the Guitar Hero series boasts the biggest set list for a Nintendo DS music game to date and is comprised of some of the hottest tracks from music’s most popular artists including: Blink-182, Avril Lavigne, The Killers, KT Tunstall and Fall Out Boy. (Nintendo DS™ Lite)
Blur™ - Blur drops players into heart-pumping, powered-up racing action, featuring up to 20 cars on track trading paint as they target the finish line and collect intense Power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed, and more. With a host of over 50 fully licensed, photo-realistic cars to drive, gamers will use offensive and defensive Power-ups as they challenge one another for the lead while careening through real-world tracks ranging from L.A. and San Francisco to the streets of Hackney, UK and the treacherous roads of Barcelona, Spain. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and PC)
DJ Hero™ - Expanding upon the revolutionary easy to pick up/challenging to master gameplay mechanics developed and refined in Guitar Hero, DJ Hero delivers an all-new interactive music experience that allows players to rule the party and not only experience, but to hear music in an all-new way. With over 100 individual songs, highlighted in over 90 unique never-before-released mixes that blend genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock and electronica, 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 the authenticity of DJ culture and a sea of music as they utilize and master various DJ techniques including scratching, blending, cross fading 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. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, and PlayStation®2)
Guitar Hero® 5 – This Spring, living room legends will rock any way they want in Guitar Hero 5. The entire set list is at players’ finger tips from the start, featuring genre-defining hits from some of the biggest rock artists and bands of all time, including The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Vampire Weekend. Players take complete control as Guitar Hero 5 allows gamers to personalize and customize how they experience music by being able to play with any in-game instrument combination -- multiple vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers, in any game mode. With the game’s all-new Party Play Mode, getting the band back together has never been easier. Players can now jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly, without interrupting their jam session. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, and PlayStation 2)Modern Warfare® 2 – On November 10, 2009, Infinity Ward will release Modern Warfare 2, the most-anticipated game of the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all time, Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®. Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC)
Singularity™ - In Singularity, time is both your greatest enemy and your deadliest weapon. As players attempt to unravel a deadly Cold War conspiracy that has fractured the fabric of time itself, they must fight their way through an ever-shifting environment occupied by Russian mercenaries and time-ravaged creatures. Singularity will be released in 2010 and has not yet been rated. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PC)
Tony Hawk®: RIDE™ - Featuring an innovative skateboard-shaped controller, Tony Hawk: RIDE redefines the sports genre by offering a dynamic hands-free gaming experience. Using full motion sensing technology, players physically control the action by performing various movements and gestures on the board that directly translate into amazing tricks in the game in a variety of settings and half pipes. The new wireless skateboard controller provides an accessible and social gaming experience that allows players to feel what it's really like to skate. Without complex button combinations or analogue sticks, gamers can literally step on the board to play the game. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and Wii)
Activision will also be showing its line-up of LucasArts’ titles at the Activision Business Centre behind closed doors.
These titles include:
LEGO® Indiana Jones™ 2: The Adventure Continues - Developed by the same team at Traveller’s Tales that created the award-winning LEGO® Indiana Jones™: The Original Adventures and the LEGO® Star Wars™ series, LEGO Indiana Jones 2 presents a tongue-in-cheek take on pop culture’s most iconic archaeologist, a complete retelling of the original three adventures, and for the first time ever, gameplay from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In addition, players will be able to create and play levels of their own for a true one–of- a-kind Lego experience! (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION®3, PSP, PC, Wii and Nintendo DS)
Star Wars® The Clone Wars™: Republic Heroes™ allows players to fight as both Jedi Knights and clone troopers through more than 30 unique missions, all created incorporating the same ground-breaking, stunning visual style from the TV series. Featuring a brand-new storyline, players will get the chance to take part in the key events that lead directly into the highly anticipated second season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Jedi characters can slice and dice their way through countless enemies, commandeer droids and show off their combat prowess on foot and in a variety of vehicles. Clone Troopers fire things up with a heavy weapons armament that includes rocket launchers, thermal detonators and even jet packs in levels built specifically to take run-and-gun gameplay to exciting new levels. (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PSP; Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC)
Star Wars® Battlefront®: Elite Squadron™ - For the first time ever in the Star Wars Battlefront series, players will be able to fight on the ground, in the sky and in space in one epic battle. Players can start the fight on foot, commandeer a vehicle to battle on the ground or dogfight in space, and land their craft and fight on capital starships. The battles waged on each front are all directly affected by the player’s actions, creating a combat experience where every shot fired and every enemy defeated can affect the outcome of a battle on another front. (PSP and Nintendo DS)
Star War®s: The Force Unleashed™: Ultimate Sith Edition - Due to be released in retail stores this holiday season, Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition combines the original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed videogame and three new levels to create the definitive ultimate-evil storyline of the events that occurred between the two classic Star Wars movie trilogies. The additional content includes two levels set on Coruscant and Tatooine previously only available via direct download, and an all-new exclusive level.. (Xbox 360 and PS3)
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