Burbank, CA – Two-time Grammy winning rock band LINKIN PARK, game developer Artificial Life, Inc. and Warner Bros. Records announced today the launch of the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Created by Linkin Park and Artificial Life, Inc., the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App is a heightened app experience for music fans and gamers alike with multiplayer features.
In the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App players embark on an epic adventure taking them through six unique districts in the game, each featuring the distinctive style of a band member. The master goal is to retrieve the band’s stolen music track – Blackbirds, a brand new, unreleased Linkin Park song made exclusively for the game. The song is unlocked upon completion of all missions inside the game.
Production on the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App began more than a year ago, with the band (vocalists Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn and bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell) working closely with Artificial Life, Inc. on every aspect of the game: storylines, gameplay, character design and of course, music. Mike Shinoda designed the band members’ avatars and edited every line of dialogue, making this much more than just a simple rhythm game.
The iPad app renders the adventure with high-definition graphics and a unique user interface that has been specially redesigned to utilize the iPad’s larger screen. Essential functions are now just a touch away, so players never need to pause the action to dig into menus. The iPad app also includes two control schemes, allowing players to choose the setting that best suits their gaming style.
Among the game’s endless highlights are original and 8-bit remixes of Linkin Park tracks including “New Divide,” “One Step Closer,” “In The End,” “Crawling,” “QWERTY,” “Hands Held High,” “Faint,” and “No More Sorrow.” This marks the first time that Linkin Park’s music has been reinterpreted using old-school video game sounds. The game, which also includes original artwork by the band, opens with “One Step Closer” sounding like it was coming out of a first-generation NES.
Additional game features include:
* Personalization of players’ avatars and apartments provide a unique community experience
* Non-player characters (NPCs) inhabit the world, adding drama to the gaming experience
* Shopping for virtual items with coins awarded by winning fights and completing missions
* Earning trophies for adding friends to the rebellion
* A news feed to stay up-to-date with Linkin Park
* Facebook and Twitter integration connecting millions of social network users worldwide
The iPad app features include:
* Enhanced graphics to allow players to see their avatars and the six districts come to life in great detail
* Optimized user interface for the larger screen makes menu items easy to access at all times: equip weapons and change music tracks without ever leaving the main screen.
* Multiple controls so gamers can choose between two control schemes to best fit their playing styles. The iPad-specific D-pad setup has been implemented for players more comfortable with button-oriented controls.
“As opposed to putting together an app featuring just our songs and name, we wanted to make this an exciting gaming and music experience and the folks at Artificial Life shared that vision,” says Shinoda. “They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world that we think gamers and fans will thoroughly enjoy.”
For more details about Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!, please visit: http://www.botme.com/linkinpark
The game’s trailer can be seen here: http://linkinpark.com/video/linkin-park-8bit-rebellion
The Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is available for $4.99 from the App Store at:
www.itunes.com/app/linkinpark8bitrebellion for the iPhone and iPod touch; and www.itunes.com/app/linkinpark8bitrebellionipadedition for the iPad Edition.
ABOUT LINKIN PARK
Linkin Park was recently named the No. 1 selling Rock/Alt Band of the Decade by SoundScan/Billboard. Over the course of the past few years, they’ve amassed more than 50 million worldwide sales, a remarkable string of chart-topping hit singles, a pair of Grammy wins, and an international fanbase whose members number in the millions. Linkin Park is currently in the studio preparing a new album for release in 2010. Together with their non-profit, Music For Relief, Linkin Park recently launched “Download To Donate For Haiti,” an initiative to raise funds for the devastated nation of Haiti following the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12th. For more info, visit www.musicforrelief.org or www.linkinpark.com
ABOUT ARTIFICIAL LIFE
Artificial Life, Inc. has been a pioneer in artificial intelligence and mobile technology since its inception in Boston in 1994. We are a public US corporation (NASDAQ OTCBB: ALIF) with headquarters in Los Angeles. Our production center is in Hong Kong and we have additional offices in Berlin, Germany (EMEA headquarters) and Tokyo, Japan. As a leading provider of broadband mobile content and technology solutions in the world, we develop and sell a wide range of mobile applications for 3G, 3.5G and 4G network-enabled mobile (smart) phones. Currently our main business areas are: high quality 3D interactive multi- and single- player mobile games, mobile participation television (MoPA-TV™), mobile business applications (Mobil Diab® and Mobile Property) and our mobile commerce technology platform (OPUS-M™). We are supporting all major mobile phone operating systems and platforms such as J2ME, iPhone and iPod touch OS, Android, Brew and DoJa. Recognized internationally for outstanding content quality and technology we have received many international awards and have been ranked one of the fastest growing companies in Asia Pacific by Deloitte. For more information about Artificial Life, Inc., please visit our websites www.artificial-life.com or www.botme.com
About Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative established and emerging artists of our time. Under the guidance of Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley, the Warner Bros. family of labels, which includes Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records, Sire Records, Nonesuch, and Asylum, has taken a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent. It is currently home to an impressive roster of major artists, including The Black Keys, Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, Michael Bublé, Disturbed, Enya, Eric Clapton, The Flaming Lips, Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Groban, Gucci Mane, Iyaz, Jason Derulo, K.D. Lang, Linkin Park, Mastodon, Metallica, Michelle Branch, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Neil Young, New Boyz, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Damien Rice, Rilo Kiley, Seal, Regina Spektor, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The White Stripes, Wilco, and many others.
For more information on LINKIN PARK, please contact:
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Warner Bros. Records
For more information on ARTIFICIAL LIFE, INC., please contact:
Artificial Life IR and PR Contact:
Tel: (+852) 3102 2800
For more information on the game:Sibel Sunar/Craig Sinel
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