Guitar Hero: On Tour Explodes Onto Nintendo DS This Summer

March 20, 2008


New Game Introduces Revolutionary
Guitar Hero Guitar Grip Peripheral for Anytime, Anywhere Guitar Hero Gameplay

For the first time, handheld gamers
will have the freedom to unleash their inner rock star anywhere, anytime with
Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) upcoming Guitar Hero®: On Tour for Nintendo
DS™. The game will deliver a unique Guitar Hero® experience by challenging
handheld gamers to rock out and prove their shredding skills on the most diverse
set list of master tracks ever offered in a Guitar Hero game, including classic
rock, alternative and pop favorites such as Nirvana, OK Go and No Doubt.

The game will be packaged with a
revolutionary Guitar Hero™ Guitar Grip™ peripheral that fits snugly into the DS
and a unique Guitar Hero pick-stylus that brings a new dimension to handheld
gaming and the core gameplay that defines Guitar Hero. Guitar Hero: On Tour has
been designed specifically for the DS platform and will offer the DS audience an
all-new compelling music experience.

“We are continuing to introduce new
and exciting ways to bring music to audiences with Guitar Hero,” said Dusty
Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. “The Guitar Hero Guitar Grip
redefines how games can be played on handheld systems and the integration of the
microphone and touch screen gameplay on the DS, further illustrates Guitar
Hero’s leadership in delivering the most unique and creative quality hardware
and software on the market.”

“We’re designing Guitar Hero: On
Tour from the ground up to take full advantage of the DS platform by integrating
signature gameplay with fresh new content and DS specific features,” said
Karthik Bala, CEO of Vicarious Visions. “We’ve taken all of our learnings on the
DS platform to date and pushed it to the limits to create a truly innovative
Guitar Hero experience.”

Guitar Hero: On Tour continues to
build on the franchise’s signature easy-to-play, yet difficult to master
addictive gameplay, and now lets players take their experience on the road
wherever they go. Players use the Guitar Hero pick-stylus on the touch screen to
strum their favorite tunes and create their rock ‘n’ roll legacy in career mode.

Fans can also join together to play
co-op mode using a local wireless network, or battle each other in a Guitar Duel
using new Battle Items unique to the DS platform. For example, players must blow
into the microphone to extinguish a pyrotechnics effects gone wrong, or use the
touch screen to autograph a crazed fan’s shirt in the middle of their set.

Featuring five unlockable new
venues, the game lets players personalize their experience by choosing the color
of their axe of choice, selecting to play as one of six characters — two of
which are all new and exclusive to Guitar Hero: On Tour – and outfitting their
guitarist in numerous styles.

Guitar Hero: On Tour is being
developed by Vicarious Visions for the Nintendo DS. The game is rated “E 10+”
(Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is scheduled for release this summer.
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