The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will feature both licensed and original music from the likes of Usher, Eminem, Soundgarden, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta and more.
Games slated for their work include the obvious ("DJ Hero 2," "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock") as well as the not-so-obvious ("Call of Duty: Black Ops," and "True Crime: Hong Kong").
Soundgarden, for instance, will debut a new song—“Black Rain”—in the forthcoming "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock." Pharrell Williams is helming the soundtrack duties for "True Crime." And November’s "Call of Duty: Black Ops" will feature music from Eminem’s new album “Recovery.”
“Activision’s fall titles are set to give gamers an unparalleled musical experience,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, in a release. “We have assembled an exceptionally talented roster of artists, many of whom have created exclusive or originally recorded tracks for our games. We are sure our titles will offer a variety of tracks that will appeal to our wide consumer base and delight the most passionate music and gaming fans.”
More details on Activision’s music plans should come out of tonight’s party, and Billbaord will be there to post the updates, including interviews with David Guetta and Deadmaus.