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Activision Announces Metallica Guitar Hero Download, Fall Lineup

Activision today revealed that Metallica’s highly-anticipated full studio album, “Death Magnetic,” will be available simultaneously in record stores and as downloadable content for Guitar Hero. Metallica fans will be able to rock out to new anthems from the band in Guitar Hero III this September and will be able to unite on drums, guitar and vocals as the album will also be released as downloadable content for Guitar Hero World Tour when it ships this fall.

The company also confirmed its upcoming game slate and announced five new titles in development. Activision’s fall 2008 game lineup includes Call of Duty: World at War, Guitar Hero World Tour, Quantum of Solace and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. In addition, the company announced that it is currently in development on Wolfenstein, the highly anticipated title from id Software; Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion by Vicarious Visions, the sequel to one of the best-selling action RPGs; Singularity (Working Title), a first person action game, based on an all-new wholly owned intellectual property, from Raven Software; a Luxoflux game based on “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, the follow-up to one of 2007’s biggest blockbuster movies; and a title based on Twentieth Century Fox/Marvel’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine in development at Raven Software.

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“Our strong and balanced portfolio illustrates our ongoing commitment to delivering top-quality entertainment experiences to broad global audiences,” said Mike Griffith, president and CEO of Activision Publishing. “We are particularly excited about this fall’s Guitar Hero World Tour, which will deliver unprecedented innovation to the rhythm-based genre with new instruments, a significantly expanded song list, and a music creator to share user-generated soundtracks. Gamers will also be able to play Metallica’s new album on the day it launches.”