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Mad Catz Ships Rock Band 4 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ) announced today that it has begun shipping Rock Band 4 to retail ahead of its October 6, 2015 launch date. Co-published by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. ("Harmonix") and Mad Catz, Rock Band 4 is the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming franchise available for Xbox One and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

"Since announcing Rock Band 4 earlier in the year, we have been highly focused on working alongside Harmonix, first party platform partners and our global retail partners to ensure a timely delivery of the game and its hardware and software bundles ahead of launch," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "We're thrilled with the positive feedback the game and our Rock Band 4 wireless game controllers have received from gamers, press and throughout the industry. We can't wait for gamers to get their hands on Rock Band 4 and look forward to welcoming a new generation of gamers to the Rock Band experience."

Products shipping include:

  • Rock Band 4 video game, stand-alone software;
  • Band-in-a-Box Bundle™, which includes the Rock Band 4 game, a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller, a Wireless Drum Kit Controller and a Microphone; and
  • Guitar Bundle, which includes the Rock Band 4 game and a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller.

Winner of multiple awards and nominations at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), including "Best Music Game" from IGN and Game Informer, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love, with brand new features, including game-changing Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay that allows players to craft their own face-melting and truly original guitar solos.

Players can pre-order game and hardware controller bundles through their favorite video game retailer; details can be found at http://www.rockband.com.

For more information on Rock Band 4 and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head over to http://www.harmonixmusic.com and http://www.madcatz.com, and follow @RockBand and @MadCatz on Twitter for updates.

About Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz products cater to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows PC and Mac® computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Mad Catz distributes its products through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers around the globe. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mad Catz maintains offices in Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.madcatz.com

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc

Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Boston, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and has pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.

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© 2015 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Harmonix, Rock Band and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Rock Band 4 developed by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. FENDER™ and STRATOCASTER™ are trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Mad Catz Communications: Alex Verrey Global PR and Communications Director averrey@madcatz.com or +44 (0) 1633 883 133 Karen McGinnis Chief Financial Officer kmcginnis@madcatz.com or +1 (858) 790-5008 Investor Relations: Joseph Jaffoni, Norberto Aja, Jim Leahy JCIR mcz@jcir.com or +1 (212) 835-8500 Harmonix Communications: Nick Chester PR and Communications Lead nick.chester@harmonixmusic.com

Source:Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.