Wednesday April 08, 2009




Rock Band Unplugged to utilize the first fully-featuredin-game store for

downloadable content on the PSP system

Sony Computer EntertainmentAmericaCelebrates the Power of Rock with a

Limited Edition Rock Band PSP EntertainmentPack

LadyDragon - Harmonix, the world’sleading

developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTVNetworks

(NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc.(NASDAQ:

ERTS) announced planstoday to release Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP®

(PlayStation®Portable)system. Rock Band Unplugged, developed by Harmonix

in partnership with BackboneEntertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment

studio, and based on the award-winning Rock Band series of games,

willlaunch simultaneously in both North America andEuropeJune 9, 2009. The

game will launch exclusively on the PSP system with softwareretailing for

$39.99 inNorth America.

“Rock Band Unplugged reinvents band gameplay while staying true to the

authentic feel of theRock Band console games,” said Bob Picunko, Senior

Vice Presidentof Electronic Games for MTV Games. “Harmonix delivers

innovation with everygame they develop and we are excited to continue our

long-list of industryfirsts with the Rock Band in-gamewireless music store

on the PSP system.”

Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your

hand by combiningtraditional beat match gameplay with key elements from

both RockBand and Rock Band 2, such as overdrive and chords. Yourhands are

the “peripherals” in Rock Band Unplugged allowing youto take direct

control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition,players can

expect a rich RockBand experiencewith fully functional modes like World

Tour, Band Survival and Warm Up and arobust character creator for full


Rock Band Unplugged will featureover 40 master-recordings including nine

brand new, exclusive songs for the PSP system for a limited time! Plus,

RockBand Unplugged will include the first fully-featured in-game store

fordownloadable content on the PSP system in the North American and

Europeanmarkets, leveraging the PSP system’s wireless capabilities. The

in-game storewill be powered by PlayStation®Network, and players will be

able to use theirexisting PlayStation Network account to purchase tracks,

similar to the RockBand console experience. PSP system owners will also

have the option ofpurchasing tracks via PlayStation®Store on the PC.

The following tracks will launch exclusively throughRock Band Unplugged on

the PSP system for a limited time beforebecoming downloadable content for

the other platforms:

- 3 Doors Down- "Kryptonite"

- AFI- "Miss Murder"

- Alice in Chains- "Would?"

- Audioslave- "Gasoline"

- Black Tide- "Show Me the Way"

- Blink 182- "What's My Age Again"

- Freezepop- "Less Talk More Rokk"

- Jackson 5- "ABC"

- Tenacious D- "Rock Your Socks"

To commemorate the debut of the Rock Band franchise onthe PSP system, Sony

Computer Entertainment America plans to release a limitededition Rock Band

branded PSP Entertainment Pack at the launch of RockBand Unplugged. The

bundle will include the game, a voucher to downloadParamount Pictures’

School of Rockfrom PlayStation®Store, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™, and a

“Piano Black” PSPsystem. The Rock Band Entertainment Pack will be

available inNorth America for $199.99 (MSRP).

RockBand is the ultimate platform for music fans and gamers to

interactwith music like never before. The game challenges players to put

together aband and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning to

master lead/bassguitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master

recordings of any musicgame ever by the world’s biggest rock artists,

Rock Band includestracks that span every genre of rock ranging from

alternative and classic rock,to heavy metal and punk.


About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B),is one of the world’s

leading creators of entertainment content, with brandsthat engage and

connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile,games, virtual

worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfoliospans more than 150

television channels and 350 digital media propertiesworldwide, and includes

MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick atNite, Noggin, The N,

AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TVLand, Atom,

Gametrailers and Xfire.

About MTV Games

MTV Games is dedicated tocreating, marketing and publishing high-quality,

innovative interactive productsthat are relevant to the MTV audience and

complement the core values of the MTVNetworks brands.

About Harmonix MusicSystems, Inc

Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.,based inCambridge,MA, and established in

1995, is the leadingdeveloper of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames.

Harmonix was founded byAlex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the

company to invent new ways fornon-musicians to experience the unique joy

that comes from making music andhave pioneered music and rhythm gaming in

theUS. For more information pleasevisit http://www.harmonixmusic.com




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