FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 2
Santa Monica, CA – January 6, 2001 –
Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that an enhanced version of
its best-selling video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 will be the company’s
first action-sports title to ship for the Xbox™ video game console. Tony
Hawk’s Pro Skater 2x for Xbox is slated to ship among the first wave of launch
titles in fall 2001, and is one of six games that Activision currently has in
various stages of planning and development for the new console platform.
"Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 will set the
standard for sports gaming on the Xbox with its stunning graphics, smooth
animations and refined gameplay. The online capabilities that we are including
in the product will introduce the social aspects of skateboarding to the brand
for the first time," said Ron Doornink, President and COO, Activision,
Inc. "We have been working closely with Microsoft to develop a broad
portfolio of games for the Xbox that take full advantage of the platform’s
sophisticated graphics, audio and multiplayer features."
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 for Xbox is being
designed to take full advantage of the platform’s technical capabilities, as
well as continuing the standard of quality for which the brand is known. The
game will feature the franchise’s signature gameplay and intuitive controls,
in addition to more populated environments, additional levels, realistic
special effects and smoother lifelike animations. The inclusion of online,
multiplayer gameplay and tournament hosting will further bring the
skateboarding experience to life.
"It’s incredibly exciting to have a title
as popular as Tony Hawk Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 coming to the Xbox and being
specifically designed to take advantage of the console’s power," said J
Allard, general manager Xbox platform and third-party relations. "We are
working closely with Activision to help them create a game that leverages the
awesome gameplay the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series is known for, while at the
same time taking the title to new heights by utilizing the advanced technology
found only in the Xbox."
Activision’s blockbuster action-sports hit Tony
Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 has been a best-selling game since the title launched in
September 2000. The game rocketed to the #1 spot after just five days in
distribution and has remained a top-selling video game.
The original title, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, has
remained on NPD’s TRST Data’s top-10 best-seller list since its initial launch
in October 1999. The title garnered critical acclaim winning multiple awards
including, "1999 Action Game of the Year" from Electronic Gaming
Monthly magazine, "1999 PlayStation Game of the Year" and "1999
Best Action Game of the Year" from Game Informer magazine and "1999
PlayStation Game of the Year" from C/Net Gamecenter.com.
(http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft’s future-generation video game console
that delivers new and unforeseen game play experiences. With more than three
times the graphics performance of the newest generation of game consoles, Xbox
unleashes game designers’ creativity to produce games that are challenging,
exhilarating, surprising, and fun. About Activision 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 revenues of $572 million for the fiscal
year ended March 31, 2000.
Activision maintains operations in the US,
Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the
Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found
on the company’s World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.
The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." The Company cautions readers of this
press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision’s
actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. These important factors, and other factors that
could affect Activision, are described in Activision’s Annual Report on Form
10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000, which was filed with the United
States Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers of this press release are
referred to such filings.
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