SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov 02, 2006: RedOctane ® , a leading rhythm-action videogame publisher, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI), today announced their in-game partners for the highly anticipated rock 'n roll title Guitar Hero II TM . In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed Guitar Hero, partner products are featured in gameplay as players rawk out to over 64 songs, visit more rock venues, and jam with more guitar choices than ever before.
"The product placement within Guitar Hero II is designed to add an extra element of realism for gamers," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing, RedOctane. "Players are deeply immersed into the rock star culture, utilizing the authentic tools of musicians worldwide including an extensive array of amps, strings, pedals, cymbals, music stores and venues."
Guitar Hero II in-game partners include BOSS Effectors, DW Drums, Eden Bass Amplication, EMG, Epiphone, Ernie Ball Strings, Gibson Guitar, Guitar Center, Hofner, Kramer, Krank, Line 6, Mesa Boogie, MusicMan Basses, Orange, Randall Amplifiers, Roland, Vans ® and the Vans Warped Tour ® , VHT, and Zildjian.
"We are very excited to be part of Guitar Hero II this fall," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "As the leader in innovation in the musical instrument industry we take great pride in partnering with such an enormously talented and aggressive group as those at RedOctane and Activision. We look forward to many more years of success and entertainment for our many fans."
Guitar Hero II, the sequel to the game that has inspired a nation of wannabe rock stars to achieve videogame greatness, will be available for the PlayStation ® 2 computer entertainment system on November 7, 2006. For more information about Guitar Hero II, please visit www.guitarherogame.com.
RedOctane, Inc. is a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, hardware and accessories. The company offers its interactive entertainment products in versions that operate on the PlayStation ® 2 computer entertainment system console from Sony Computer Entertainment, Xbox TM video game system from Microsoft, and on personal computers ("PC"). RedOctane's leading software product offerings include Guitar Hero TM for the PlayStation 2. RedOctane also designs, manufactures, and markets high quality video game peripherals and accessories and has won awards for the Ignition ® Dance Pad and the Guitar Hero SG ® Controller. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, RedOctane is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc (Nasdaq:ATVI). More information about RedOctane and its products can be found on the company's website, which is located at www.redoctane.com.
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