Put on your kabuki makeup, black leather and metallic studs, and stick out your tongue in your best Gene Simmons impression, KISS is going digital! Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) and Gathering of Developers, Ltd. have announced that the Gathering has signed a publishing deal with software developer, Bloodshot Entertainment, to create a PC game in conjunction with the legendary rock-and-roll band, KISS. The game will be based on the best-selling KISS: Psycho Circus comics and action figures series devised by world- famous comic artist, Todd McFarlane. As with all previous Gathering PC releases, the game will be published in the U.S. by Gathering of Developers and distributed by Take-Two's Alliance Inventory Management, Inc. subsidiary, and Take-Two will co-publish the title with the Gathering in Europe and Australia.

Bloodshot Entertainment, is developing a 3D action game for the PC, that integrates McFarlane's rendition of the KISS "universe" with the likeness of the legendary KISS members and their music. Video game system versions of the game are also planned.

"Our shows are a sensory ambush, filled with hard-core rock-and- roll, cutting-edge technology, and in-your-face action," proclaims Gene Simmons, KISS vocalist and bassist. "We are working with Bloodshot to convey that same raw electric excitement in this game." Simmons continued, "We aren't all gamers ourselves, but we got `the word' that the Gathering was the place to call if we wanted a guarantee of quality and artist recognition. Besides, it's good to have g.o.d. on our side for once!"

KISS is a rock and roll institution that has transcended the rock fiefdom to command its own enduring and defiantly unique legacy. With over 80 million records sold, sold out tours, a succession of "gold" and "platinum" awards (second only to The Beatles), and a 25 year career, KISS continue to boldly thrive in the face of changing fashion and musical trends as rock and roll survivors. Their latest album, Psycho Circus released by Polygram in October, has just gone "gold", for a total of 30 KISS "gold" albums to date.

"I have wanted to do a KISS game for years," said Mike Wilson, CEO of Gathering of Developers. "The opportunity to be working with the great creative talent at Bloodshot Entertainment and KISS was just too good to be true. Gene and the rest of the band are truly psyched about the possibilities for this game, as is the Bloodshot team."

"As huge and cool as the KISS license is, we...

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