Santa Monica, CA â€“ Sept. 23, 2005 â€“ In a move that will add even greater authenticity to the best-selling Call of Duty brand, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that it has signed a deal with the Military Channel to produce a series of historical vignettes that will be featured in the companyâ€™s upcoming World War II-themed games Call of DutyÂ® 2 and Call of DutyÂ® 2: Big Red One. As a part of the agreement, the Military Channel will also air a half-hour special on The Big Red One, Americaâ€™s most decorated fighting unit, and the making of the highly anticipated first-person-action game, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. â€The Big Red One: Behind the Gameâ€ will premiere November 1 at 9:00 pm/EST on the Military Channel.
â€œWe are pleased to partner with the Military Channel for our Call of Duty brand,â€ said Dusty Welch, Activisionâ€™s Vice President of Global Brand Management. â€œThey are providing us with compelling World War II video content that will take players back in time and draw them even further into the epic and cinematic Call of Duty experience.â€
â€œThe Military Channel takes viewers behind the lines with the highest quality video programming, and weâ€™re excited to help bring that spirit to the most authentic WWII first person action game in interactive entertainment,â€ said David Karp, General Manager of The Military Channel. â€œOur relationship with Activision is another pivotal step in growing the Military Channel brand and puts our name and content in front of a passionate audience of potential viewers.â€
Call of Duty 2 is scheduled for release this fall for WindowsÂ® PC and the Xbox 360â„¢ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft; Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is also slated for release this fall for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢. Both games are currently rated â€œTâ€ for â€œTeenâ€ by the ESRB.
Greedy Productions is the producer of Military Channelâ€™s â€œThe Big Red One: Behind the Game.â€ Sue Norton is executive producer for the Military Channel.