Sony Computer Entertainment America's 'Twisted Metal: Black™' to Sponsor Ozzfest This Summer

Highly-Anticipated PlayStation®2 Game Delivers Hell-Raising Car Combat to Fans at Ozzfest 2001


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that its upcoming title, 'Twisted Metal: Black™' for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, will co-sponsor the Ozzfest music tour this summer. Kicking off in Chicago today and ending in New York on August 12, Ozzfest 2001 is the ultimate destination for heavy metal and rock fans, featuring a stellar line-up of bands including Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Crazy Town, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Disturbed and many more.

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'Twisted Metal: Black,' the latest incarnation of the most successful car combat series, will be a key sponsor at Ozzfest, with characters and imagery from the game featured prominently around the main stage throughout the summer tour. In addition, Sony Computer Entertainment America will provide PlayStation 2 kiosks showcasing 'Twisted Metal: Black' at each of the Ozzfest venues, and will have the PlayStation 2 truck -- a customized 68 foot truck decked out with PlayStation 2 systems displaying a variety of different games -- on site at many locations, allowing consumers to sample the incredibly inventive and intense game before its North America release later this month.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to include 'Twisted Metal: Black' on the Ozzfest tour this summer," said Sharon Shapiro, director, promotions, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "We're certain that the dark look and feel of 'Twisted Metal: Black' will appeal to Ozzfest fans. Showcasing the game throughout the tour allows us to expose 'Twisted Metal: Black' to both fans of the series and to new consumers, who will enjoy this shockingly imaginative game."

Ozzfest 2001 will hit more than 25 cities during its summer stretch, beginning today in Chicago and ending in New York on August 12. The tour schedule is as follows:

  Day        Date      City
  Friday     8-Jun     Chicago
  Saturday   9-Jun     East Troy
  Tuesday    12-Jun    Indianapolis
  Saturday   16-Jun    Somerset, WI
  Monday     18-Jun    St. Louis
  Tuesday    19-Jun    Kansas City
  Thursday   21-Jun    Denver
  Monday     25-Jun    Seattle
  Wednesday  27-Jun    Sacramento
  Friday     29-Jun    San Francisco
  Saturday   30-Jun    Los Angeles
  Tuesday    3-Jul     San Antonio
  Thursday   5-Jul     Dallas
  Saturday   7-Jul     Atlanta
  Monday     9-Jul     Philadelphia
  Friday     13-Jul    West Palm
  Saturday   14-Jul    Tampa
  Tuesday    17-Jul    Charlotte
  Friday     20-Jul    Washington DC
  Saturday   21-Jul    Philadelphia
  Tuesday    24-Jul    Toronto
  Thursday   26-Jul    Cleveland
  Saturday   28-Jul    Pittsburgh
  Monday     30-Jul    Detroit
  Tuesday    31-Jul    Detroit
  Friday     3-Aug     Columbus
  Sunday     5-Aug     Hartford
  Tuesday    7-Aug     Boston
  Wednesday  8-Aug     Boston
  Saturday   11-Aug    New York
  Sunday     12-Aug    New York

'Twisted Metal: Black' is designed by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Santa Monica and developed by Incog Inc. Entertainment, the creators of Twisted Metal® 1 and 2. When the original 'Twisted Metal' game was released in 1995, the development team was credited with establishing 3D Car Combat in next generation videogaming. 'Twisted Metal 2' was released to critical claim in 1997 and remains one of the best-selling games of all time, with more than 1.9 million units sold in North America to date. Overall, the 'Twisted Metal' franchise has sold close to five million units in North America, making it the best-selling car combat series ever. The latest addition to the series, 'Twisted Metal: Black' is scheduled for release on June 19, bringing a whole new look and feel to the series and catapulting players into a deeper and darker gameplay environment than ever before.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated 'Twisted Metal: Black' "M" for "Mature." For more information about the ESRB visit

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