Press Release from Foundation 9
BURBANK, Calif.--Get ready to build a band and rock the universe with LEGO Rock Band, the multiplayer music videogame that will have the entire family drumming, strumming and rocking to the beat. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA)(NYSE: VIA.B), LEGO Rock Band is available now at retail stores in North America for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Wii console, and Nintendo DS. Offering affordable family entertainment, LEGO Rock Band for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii is available for $49.99, and Nintendo DS for $29.99.
Combining two of the most popular videogame brands, LEGO Rock Band pairs the fun, customization and humor of LEGO videogames with the multiplayer music experience pioneered by Rock Band. Filled with 45 chart-topping songs and classic favorites, LEGO Rock Band allows family members of all ages and skill levels to break loose on the bass, drums, guitar and mic to a soundtrack filled with hit songs from Queen, Foo Fighters, Jackson 5, The All-American Rejects, Jimi Hendrix, Good Charlotte, Tom Petty and more.
With LEGO, Rock Band brings its highly successful series to Nintendo DS for the first time. In addition to the classic instrument play found in the console versions, LEGO Rock Band offers the same level of engagement without the need for peripherals to play the game and is compatible with Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite and Nintendo DSi. Also unique to LEGO Rock Band is the introduction of Rock Power Challenges. Players can harness the power of rock to pull off killer riffs so intense they can demolish a building, thwart an angry octopus or send gamers on other crazy missions. And in the LEGO style of “build-and-play” gaming, players can customize their own experience by creating their minifigure avatars, band and entourage.
Fans can extend their experience with family-friendly downloadable content from the massive Rock Band Music Store on their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles that contains more than 350 songs that can be played within LEGO Rock Band. Players can also export songs from LEGO Rock Band to their Xbox 360 beginning November 3, 2009 and PlayStation 3 beginning November 12, 2009 to play across other Rock Band games. LEGO Rock Band is compatible with most third party instrument controllers and microphones. For a list of compatible peripherals, please visit http://www.rockband.com/compatibility.
Developed by TT Games in partnership with Harmonix, LEGO Rock Band for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii is rated “E10+” by the ESRB. Developed by Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio, the Nintendo DS version is rated “E” by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.legorockbandgame.com.
About TT Games
TT Games (www.ttgames.com) is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit games LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman: The Videogame, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and BIONICLE Heroes. Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families.
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group (www.LEGO.com) is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit www.LEGO.com
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com
About Backbone Entertainment
Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment Studio based in Emeryville, California, is a long-standing developer of original, classic, and re-imagined games for all major platforms. Established in 1992 with an early foundation in emulations, conversions, and handheld games, the studio then broadened its focus to develop games for consoles. Backbone Entertainment is a leading developer of downloadable titles for XBLA and PSN, and specializes in clever games based on original and popular gaming franchises. The studio is one of the most experienced developers in the industry, and has shipped over 230 titles across all platforms over the last sixteen years. For more information please visit www.backboneentertainment.com.
About Foundation 9 Entertainment
Foundation 9 Entertainment is the largest independent games developer in North America. The company has studios across North America, Europe and Asia, making it a development powerhouse, uniquely positioned to deliver quality games on all gaming platforms for all age groups. The company's studios are masters in working with original and licensed properties and have collectively developed more than 600 titles since 1992, including more than 45 in 2008 alone. For more information, please visit: www.f9e.com.
LEGO ROCK BAND video game (excluding LEGO assets) 2009 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Nintendo DS sku developed by Backbone Entertainment. Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii skus developed by TT Games Publishing Ltd. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group. Uses Bink video. Copyright 1997-2009 by RAD Game Tools, Inc. Development tools and related technology provided under license from CRI Middleware, Inc. 2009 CRI Middleware, Inc. All rights reserved. Harmonix, Rock Band and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., an MTV Networks company. MTV: Music Television, MTV Games and all related titles and logos are trademarks of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. 2009 The LEGO Group. Backbone and the Backbone logo are trademarks of Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment company. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks and “PS3” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from Microsoft. Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. 2006 Nintendo.