Cologne, Germany– Aug. 17, 2010 - Using the international stage of gamescom 2010, MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), Harmonix Music Systems Inc., and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today confirmed a standout selection of international acts to be featured on the 83 song on-disc soundtrack for the highly anticipated Rock Band TM 3 music video game, including INXS, Bob Marley, Slipknot, Rammstein, Tokio Hotel, HIM, Poni Hoax and more. Rock Band 3 will be released Oct. 29 in Europe for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSRP€59.99/£49.99), PlayStation ® 3 computer entertainment system (MSRP€59.99/£49.99), Nintendo Wii TM (MSRP€49.99/£39.99) and Nintendo DS TM (MSRP€29.99/£24.99).
“We believe music transcends boundaries, and intend to prove it with a committed effort to release more music from around the world on the Rock Band platform,” said Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of music and electronic games for MTV Games.“Fans will have access to our incredible line-up of music via simultaneous global releases, and we think everyone will find each song tremendously fun to play, no matter what language they speak.”
MTV Games and Harmonix invite gamescom 2010 attendees to get some hands-on time with Rock Band 3, located at the Electronic Arts (EA) show floor area located in Hall 6.1.
Rock Band 3 on-disc tracks announced today are listed below:
- <*>Bob Marley&The Wailers,“Get Up, Stand Up” (Jamaica)*> <*>INXS,“Need You Tonight” (Australia)*> <*>Poni Hoax, "Antibodies" (France)*> <*>Rammstein, "Du Hast" in German (Germany)*> <*>Roxette, "The Look" (Sweden)*> <*>Tokio Hotel, "Humanoid" (Germany)*> <*>HIM,“Killing Loneliness” (Finland)*> <*>Maná,“Oye Mi Amor” in Spanish (Mexico)*> <*>Slipknot,“Before I Forget” (United States)*> <*>War,“Low Rider” (United States)*>
As previously announced, the Rock Band 3 on-disc setlist also includes international acts such as Phoenix (France), Ida Maria (Norway), Juanes (Colombia), Metric (Canada) and The Vines (Australia). Stay tuned to www.rockband.com/press for more setlist announcements.
With more than 30 awards and nominations following its impressive E3 2010 debut, including multiple Best Music and Best Casual/Social Game accolades,Rock Band 3 will feature an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new game play modes and instruments. In addition to guitar, bass, drums and solo vocals, Rock Band 3 adds three-part vocal harmonies and introduces a keyboard peripheral to the band.
Rock Band 3’s deep Career Mode takes the band on a journey to gain new levels of status while the environment around them changes from streets and subways to tour stops and venues. And for those just looking for fun, Rock Band 3 has a streamlined experience, with easy drop-in and drop-out, easier no-fail accessibility and an all-new Party Shuffle. Up to seven players can rock together for the ultimate social gaming experience.
The Rock Band platform stands next to none in music content, with more than 1,500 songs already available from more than 400 artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, AC/DC and Green Day, who are exclusive to Rock Band. With more choices for fans than any other music-based videogame, Rock Band is, without question, the industry leader in providing the best selection of interactive musical content, songs and artists. Rock Band pioneered offering content in a variety of ways, through on-disc game play, game export, downloadable content and the Rock Band Network. The Rock Band platform allows fans to interact with their favorite music in a unique and hands-on way, as well as giving artists the ability to reach fans through a whole new channel.
Rock Band 3 will be compatible with all Rock Band TM and The Beatles TM : Rock Band TM peripherals, as well as most Guitar Hero ® and other authorized third-party music video game peripherals and microphones. Mad Catz is the official peripheral manufacturer and distributor for Rock Band 3 game controllers. Rock Band Pro Guitar is compatible with the Rock Band 3 Fender TM Mustang TM PRO-Guitar TM Controller and the Rock Band 3 Squier ® by Fender Stratocaster ® Guitar Controller.
For Rock Band 3 art and video assets, please visit http://www.rockband.com/press.
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 a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA TM , EA SPORTS TM , EA Mobile TM and POGO TM . In fiscal 2010, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.7 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million units. 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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