GUILDFORD, UK– February 27, 2009– Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that its critically acclaimed music videogame Rock Band® 2 will begin shipping in Europe for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system beginning the week of 23rd March. Rock Band 2 will also ship for the Wii™ home video game console from Nintendo beginning week of 20th April.
Rock Band 2 software will retail for£49.99 on the PLAYSTATION 3,£29.99 for the PlayStation 2 and£39.99 for the Wii. Rock Band 2 is also currently available on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system for£49.99.
Rock Band® instrument peripherals are also now available at new price points:
• Stand alone guitars will retail at£39.99
• Stand alone drums will retail for£49.99
• An“Instrument Edition” including drums, guitar and microphone will retail for£89.99
In addition to the new price points, consumers will now also be able to purchase the Rock Band Instrument Edition and Rock Band software together for£119.99 for the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 and for£109.99 for the PlayStation 2 and Wii.
Rock Band 2 revolutionizes music gaming with the ability to export most of the songs from the original Rock Band disc , Online World Tour, daily Battle-Of-The Band Tournaments, No Fail Mode, and a real Drum Trainer. Rock Band 2’s massive list of innovations also includes the ability to export your in-game band avatar to the internet and order custom Rock Band merchandise including apparel and figures.
Rock Band 2 features the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date with more than 100 songs on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack and an unrivaled blend of classic and new artists including AC/DC, Guns‘N Roses, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Motorhead and more!
Gamers can also preview and download new music from the Rock Band online music store, which currently offers complete albums with more than 500 tracks, with new content added weekly. To date, users have purchased more than 36 million tracks from the Rock Band online store. A complete list of tracks available for download is available at http://www.rockband.com/music
Rock Band 2 is rated 12+ by PEGI.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.
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 complement 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: www.harmonixmusic.com .
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 video game systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS FreestyleTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2008, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.67 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
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