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Activision, Line 6 Announce Integration of POD Technology in ‘Guitar Hero’

Activision Inc. and Line 6 Inc. announced that Guitar Hero World Tour for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system will integrate Line 6’s guitar tone technology, enabling gamers to use amps, cabs and effects from the Line 6 POD in the game’s Music Studio. The game’s new Music Studio lets players express their musical creativity by giving them access to a full complement of tools to compose, record, edit and share their own rock ’n’ roll anthems.

“With Guitar Hero World Tour’s new Music Studio functionality, we wanted to give gamers access to the most authentic music creation tools available, so we went to the pacesetters of professional guitar technology—Line 6,” says Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. “The integration of Line 6 technology in the game underscores our commitment to delivering unprecedented innovation to the Guitar Hero franchise that has the potential to revolutionize consumer generated music.”

“Line 6 strives to push the boundaries, from revolutionizing the way guitarists record to how they perform live to helping enable the creative process for musicians,” says Marcus Ryle, Line 6 founder and senior vice president of research and development. “Thanks to the incredible processing power of the of the next generation videogame consoles, we placed the actual tone algorithms right into the game to give gamers the tools to choose their own sounds for the music they create. For the first time, gamers will have the ability to compose and record with the same technology used by professional musicians.”

A preview of Music Studio featuring exclusive screenshots, amp presets and content is available at

According to Line 6, Guitar Hero World Tour using Line 6 guitar tone technology is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

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