Power Gig: Rise of the SixString Arrives Fall 2010

March 9, 2010

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString
Arrives Fall 2010

Seven45 Studios to Evolve Band
Game Genre with New Game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 That Uses a Real Six
String Guitar as Controller

The true evolution of the band
videogame experience is set to occur this fall when Seven45 Studios unleashes
Power Gig: Rise of the SixString for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. New
publisher, developer and hardware manufacturer Seven45 Studios is a sister
company to music instrument manufacturing giant First Act, making it uniquely
positioned to introduce the first major band game for which the guitar
peripheral is a functioning six-string electric guitar. The guitar features
Seven45’s proprietary technology that can distinguish and recognize gamers’
input all along the guitar, making the guitars as easy to pick up and play as
any other band game button controllers. They also include all the guts of an
electric guitar so players can plug their SixString guitars into any standard
amp to jam with their friends.

“Power Gig: Rise of the SixString is
meant to be the answer for all of those gamers who have wanted to take their
band game experience to the next level; we’re confident that players will agree
that the transition from the existing games is both seamless and exhilarating,”
said Seven45 Studios Chairman and CEO, Bernard Chiu. “We believe that there is
something unmatchable about the feeling of an authentic guitar in your hands,
and Power Gig brings that excitement to all gamers with an instrument that
absolutely anyone can pick up and play.”

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString
will transport players to an entirely new universe, with its own mythology,
politics, settings, heroes and villains, where music rules all. On the gameplay
front, Power Gig uses new technology that represents the next evolution of music
performance games to provide all players — from casual gamers to the hardcore,
from those who have never before picked up a guitar to those who play guitar on
a regular basis — with a more authentic and fun experience. The game offers two
overarching modes of play. In addition to traditional beat-matching that will be
familiar to fans of the band game genre, Power Gig also introduces the option to
switch on chording, or chord play. Chording presents the added challenge of
playing the game using chords that require specific finger placement on the
strings. As players progress through the game, becoming more comfortable with a
genuine guitar and potentially choosing to play real power chords, they will
find that the byproduct of playing the game is coming away from it with an
understanding of some real-life guitar fundamentals.

Seven45 Studios’ relationship to
music instrument manufacturing stalwart First Act means not only that the two
share an ownership, but also that Seven45 can leverage deep expertise when it
comes to the manufacturing and distribution of quality musical instruments for
mass audiences. Seven45 has also put together a veritable dream team of game
development talent whose collective experience includes time spent at companies
such as Vivendi, LucasArts, Atari, StormFront Studios, Foundation 9, Pandemic,
Capcom, Backbone Entertainment, SEGA and many more.

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString
will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fall of 2010. The SixString
guitar makes its public debut at the 2010 Game Developers Conference, which
begins today at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. For more information, please
visit http://www.powergig.com.