formally announced plans to release a new
game by the end of the first quarter of next year, according to a regulatory filing.
The video game maker said in a 10-K filing with the
Securities and Exchange Commission
that it plans to deliver
Guitar Hero: Metallica
in fiscal 2009, which closes next March 31. Shares of Activision were lately up 9 cents, or 0.3%, to $33.66.
Previously, Activision announced the forthcoming release of
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
Guitar Hero IV
for several consoles, including the
Xbox 360 and
Wii, as well as
Guitar Hero: On Tour
for the Nintendo DS.
"We also expect to increase our titles across multiple platforms to take advantage of the expected growth of different hardware platforms in fiscal 2009," the company said in the filing. "As a result, we anticipate net revenues will increase in fiscal 2009 in comparison to the record net revenues achieved in fiscal 2008."
has been a winning franchise for Activision, with the latest title in the series,
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
, selling more than 1.4 million copies within a week of its release, according to research firm NPD.
Among other video game makers,
( ERTS) was tacking on 0.3%, while
was off 0.4%.