Activision Announces Guitar Hero(TM) Encore: Rocks the 80s(TM) Has Rocked Its Way Onto Retail Shelves

Jul 24, 2007
Activision Announces Guitar Hero(TM) Encore: Rocks the 80s(TM) Has Rocked Its Way Onto Retail Shelves

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 24, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --

Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that the latest installment of the wildly popular Guitar Hero(TM) franchise, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s(TM), is now available at retail stores nationwide. Available exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s takes fans back to an era where neon was radical, fanny packs were in, and spandex was never tight enough.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s features visually stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, and intense game play modes. The totally stellar soundtrack includes songs by artists such as Flock of Seagulls, Twisted Sister and Judas Priest. With additional songs as made famous by The Go Go's, Poison, Iron Maiden and Quiet Riot, fans can grab a bottle of ultra-hold hairspray, tighten their headbands, and rock all the way back to the '80s.

"From heavy metal to hair metal to punk, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s includes some of the greatest rock anthems of the era," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. "We're very excited to be able to offer new content to our loyal PS2 fans, and will definitely keep them shredding their axes until the holiday season."

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, rated T for Teen by the ESRB, is published by RedOctane(R) and developed by Harmonix. For more information, please visit the dedicated community site

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at

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"Guitar Hero(TM) Encore: Rocks the 80s"(TM) & (C) 2006-2007 Activision Publishing, Inc. Guitar Hero is a trademark and Activision and RedOctane are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. Game code (C) 2005-2007 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Developed by Harmonix Music Systems. All Gibson marks, logos, trade dress, guitar models and related rights provided pursuant to license from Gibson Guitar Corp.

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    (310) 694-3102

    Angie Newman
    Bender Helper Impact
    (310) 694-3116

SOURCE Activision, Inc.

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+1-310-694-3102, or, or Angie Newman, +1-310-694-3116, or, both of Bender Helper Impact for Activision, Inc.

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