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Activision is using its Skylanders franchise to support the millions of families affected by autism. Through one-of-a-kind toys, Skylanders and Autism Speaks are teaming up to raise awareness for an important cause during April’s Autism Awareness Month.

These toys are blue and white to reflect Autism Speaks’ official colors. The “Power Blue” Skylanders SuperChargers feature Splat and Trigger Happy, along with their SuperCharged vehicles Splatter Splasher and Gold Rusher. The full set appears in-game as their special colors. The toys are actually on store shelves in the United States and Europe now, with Canada to follow on April 1.

Activision is also extending its plans to promote Autism Awareness Month through the following activities:

– Launching employee education and employee-donation matching programs
– In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, employees will have the opportunity to participate in the Autism Speaks Walk on April 2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
– Making donations to non-profits that are making a difference in the autism community

Source: Activision PR

Activision’s 2015 full-year financial results are in. Revenue is reported at $4.6 billion, an increase from $4.4 billion in calendar 2014 with 47.5 percent of that amount stemming from subscriptions, licensing, and other revenue. Operating income is also up from $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion and net income grew from $835 million to $892 million. However, Activision fell a tad short of its revenue target.

Guitar Hero Live and Skylanders SuperChargers both fell short of Activision’s expectations. With Skylanders, there is now increased competition in the market with LEGO Dimensions. More declines are expected for Skylanders in 2016, but another game is in the pipeline. As for Guitar Hero Live, its weakness is attributed to a move to mobile devices.


Activision and FreeStyleGames are bringing two new Premium Shows to Guitar Hero Live featuring love ballads from across the decades in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The lineup this week includes:

Ballads of Love

Chris Cornell – Arms Around Your Love
Hoobastank – The Reason
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

Love on the Rocks

Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Motorhead – Heartbreaker
The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Three new GHTV tracks from artists that have been nominated for the Grammy Awards are also available. These are as follows:

Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party
Highly Suspect – Lydia
Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s

Finally, there’s a Hero Cash sale in GHTV taking place between February 12 and February 15. Play Token bundles will be 50 percent off, as will the Hero Cash skip requirement for Valentine’s Day Premium Show entry.

Source: Activision PR

Activision and FreeStyleGames have announced the Guitar Hero Live “Shred-a-Thon”, a special 5-day marathon that will feature the debut of Through the Fire and Flames by Dragonforce. Shred-a-Thon is live now on a special third channel in GHTV. It’ll run until Monday, February 8th at 10 AM ET / 7 AM PT.

The following tracks are on repeat in the Shred-a-Thon playlist:

Dragonforce – Through the Fire and Flames
Alter Bridge – Cry of Achilles
Megadeth – Hangar 18
Lamb of God – Ghost Walking
Trivium – Strife

After the marathon ends, Through the Fire and Flames will be added to the game’s regular song catalogue.

It’s also worth noting that each song included in Shred-a-Thon is Rival Challenge-enabled, This gives players the option of competing against matchmade players in a head-to-head battle during each song.

Source: Activision PR

Guitar Hero Live’s latest weekly update is now live. Today’s additions include the debut of the exclusive US and European premiere of Def Leppard’s new music video for one of their latest songs called “Dangerous.” GHTV is the first place in both territories to watch and play along to the latest video from the rockers’ latest self-titled album.

The premiere of the Dangerous music video is the title track in the Def Leppard: On Through The Ages Premium Show. Other new songs are available today as well.

Here’s the full lineup:

Def Leppard: On Through The Ages

– Dangerous
– Let’s Go
– Rock of Ages

Indie Rock

– The Strokes – You Only Live Once
– Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
– SKATERS – Miss Teen Massachusetts

Fall Out Boy Live at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015

– Irresistible (Live)
– Centuries (Live)
– Uma Thurman (Live)

Source: Activision PR

Guitar Hero Live has been updated with another round of content. Playable live performance from Fall Out Boy at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015 and a new Premium Show called Pop Power! are accessible in GHTV.

The new tracks that are now are as follows:

Fall Out Boy Live from KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015

* Fall Out Boy – Irresistible (Live)
* Fall Out Boy – Centuries (Live)
* Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman (Live)

Pop Power!

* 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks so Perfect
* Sheppard – Geronimo
* Sky Ferreira – You’re Not the One

Source: Activision PR

Guitar Hero Live is adding another round of tracks via GHTV. That’s thanks to three new Premium Shows, all of which are out today.

Here’s the full lineup:

Rock Till You Drop!
* Weezer – Back To The Shack
* Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
* Nickelback – Get ‘Em Up

AAA Metal
* Marilyn Manson – Deep Six
* Bring Me The Horizon – Down
* Pierce The Veil – Bulls in The Bronx

Indie Pop Hits
* Little Daylight – Mona Lisa
* COIN – Run
* The Colourist – We Won’t Go Home

Source: Activision PR

It’s time for another content update in Guitar Hero Live. Two new Premium Shows have been added in GHTV: Festival Anthems and New Rock Revolution. There’s also an extension of The Dead Weather’s three playable songs from their live performance in Nashville.

Here are this week’s new songs:

Festival Anthems

The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody

New Rock Revolution

Don Broco – Priorities
Lower Than Atlantis – English Kids in America
Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up?

FreeStyleGames has also announced the top 20 songs that were played most often in GHTV through the holiday break. For the full list, head past the break.

Another round of content has been added to Guitar Hero Live. In GHTV, three tracks from The Dead Weather are playable:

Be Still (Live)
I Feel Love (Every Million Miles) (Live)
Let It Through (Live)

Activision is also adding six more tracks via two Premium Shows: Party Party Party! and Nothing But Classics. The new tracks that are also now available are as follows:

Party Party Party!

– Andrew WK – Party Hard
– Twin Atlantic – Fall Into the Party
– Steel Panther – Party Like Tomorrow Is The End of the World

Nothing But Classics

– Pat Benetar – You Better Run
– Loverboy – Working For The Weekend
– Survivor – Children of the Night

Source: Activision PR

Guitar Hero Live has added a dose of Christmas-themed tracks via two new Premium Shows: Christmas Rocks! and Rock the Halls. It’s now possible to play the following songs through GHTV:

Christmas Rocks!

The Killers – The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball
The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)

Rock the Halls

All Time Low – Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass
The Killers – A Great Big Sled (ft. Toni Halliday)
The Darkness – I Am Santa

Source: Activision PR

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