Santa Monica, CA â€“ April 14, 2005 â€“ For the first time ever, four popular bands have written and recorded original tracks specifically for the lead characters in a video game. The songs will debut in four character-specific trailers that will be released online in April and May, and will be included as unlockable bonus content in Activision, Inc.â€™s (Nasdaq: ATVI) upcoming Fantastic Four game, which is slated to ship this summer. The songs echo the distinctive personalities and special powers of each of the Fantastic Four Super Heroes.
Chart topping modern rock band, Taking Back Sunday, lead the team with â€œError Operatorâ€ for Mr. Fantastic; hip-hop veterans, Jurassic 5, rock out â€œClobberinâ€™ Timeâ€ for The Thing; punk-rock up-and-comers, The Explosion, light up â€œIâ€™m on Fireâ€ for The Human Torch; and all-girl punkers, Go Betty Go, blast out the cerebral tour de force â€œEverywhereâ€ for The Invisible Woman.
â€œCreating four unique character-driven songs and music video-like trailers is a whole new approach at integrating music into games,â€ said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music, Activision, Inc. â€œThis project underscores our strategy to use artists that are aligned with the content and feel of our titles, further enhancing the overall sensory experience for players. The Fantastic Four game also will feature the signature musical theme from the filmâ€™s score, which was composed by John Ottman, whose credits include X2: X-Men United and The Usual Suspects.â€
This is the only game based on Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s upcoming feature film. Fantastic Four game players will be able to harness the Marvel Super Heroesâ€™ unique and amazing powers through a compelling single-player or two-player co-operative team based gameplay experience. Authored by Zak Penn, who co-wrote the story for X2, the game follows the Fantastic Four filmâ€™s storyline and expands the adventures by letting players stretch, control fire and use invisibility and brute force to defeat evil Super Villains in new environments and familiar comic book locales. Challenged to master the individual powers of each Super Hero and combine them to level even more devastating attacks, players must battle some of Marvelâ€™s most notorious Super Villains, including, the ultimate evil â€“ Doctor Doom -- to save the human race from disaster.
Fantastic Four is being developed by Seven Studios for the PlayStationÃ’2 computer entertainment system, XboxÃ” video game system from Microsoft and the NintendoÂ® GameCubeÃ”. The PC version is being developed by Beenox Studios and Torus Games is developing Fantastic Four for the Game BoyÂ® Advance.
The PC and console games are rated "T" (Teen - with mild language and violence) by the ESRB and the Game Boy Advance title is rated "E-10+" for (Everyone 10 and older with violence).
Fantastic Four opens in theaters nationwide on July 8th.
About Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
With a library of over 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in four areas: entertainment (Marvel Studios), licensing, comic book publishing and toys (Toy Biz). Marvel facilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films, DVD/home video, video games and television based on its characters and also licenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, snack foods and promotions. Marvel's characters and plot lines are created by its comic book division which continues to expand its leadership position in the U.S. and worldwide while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property.
About Twentieth Century Fox
One of the worldâ€™s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
About Activision, Inc.
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 net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain 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 www.activision.com.