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'Karaoke Revolution Country' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 25, 2006 @ 4:14 p.m. PST

Konami today announced that it will take the Karoke Revolution music video game franchise to new two-steppin' extremes this March on the PS2 with the debut of the first and only country music karaoke video game on the market – CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country.

Featuring 35 of the greatest country songs ever recorded as selected by America's number one country music network, CMT, Karaoke Revolution Country marks the first Karaoke Revolution game designed for a specific music genre.

"We raise the bar with each new addition to the Karaoke Revolution series, providing players with an unparalleled interactive music video game experience," said Matt Knoles, Product Manager, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "We are excited to have CMT as a partner in creating a game that finally meets the needs of the growing country music fan base."

For the first time in the Karaoke Revolution franchise history, Konami has extended its brand to offer a product dedicated to a specific music genre. By partnering with CMT, the largest country music television network, Konami will be able to deliver the greatest selection of country music available as well as a look and feel that is relevant to country music fans. CMT is America's most popular country music network reaching more than 78 million households. Established more than 20 years ago, CMT reaches 84% of US households via basic cable, digital and satellite platforms. As part of the partnership, CMT will feature Karaoke Revolution Country through integrated television and online programming and promotions.

"CMT continues to push the envelope on what defines country music and entertainment," said Jeff Yapp, EVP, MTV Networks and Logo Enterprise Group. "CMT Games is an exciting and unique extension of the CMT brand and represents infinite possibilities in this growing industry. Karaoke Revolution is a brilliant inaugural project and is sure to resonate with country music fans."

CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country features a new art style for character customization with the ability for players to build their own characters with various options, including realistic proportions, body type, hair and an assortment of new clothes and accessories. The game also allows users to create an actual 3D model of their own face with the EyeToy USB Camera (for PlayStation2), place it on a customizable character and watch themselves perform live on the big stage! Enhancing the feature set even further are mini-games and the ability for players to unlock rewards for top performances including new songs, characters, accessories and more.

Karaoke Revolution is also the only interactive karaoke video game series in North America to feature a "duet" gameplay mode, which allows two people to sing simultaneously, and be judged individually – scored on the pitch and rhythm of their singing. Players will also be able to enjoy a variety of other expanded multiplayer and party modes for up to eight people.

CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country is developed by leading music video game creator Harmonix Music Systems. The game will be released this March, exclusively for the PlayStation 2, and requires the use of any PlayStation 2 compatible headset or microphone peripheral.

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