SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Rock and roll legend Sting and progressive metal pioneers Tool are making their video game debuts, contributing more than just music, in Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Guitar Hero World Tour, the company announced Friday.

In what will be the largest collection of artists ever to appear in a Guitar Hero game, singer-songwriter, actor, author, activist and lead singer/bassist of The Police, Sting will add his voice and likeness as an in-game character. Aspiring frontmen can take the stage as Sting throughout their vocal career or play alongside him as he performs one of The Police classics, "Demolition Man."

Popular alternative band Tool, known for their epic, intense musical arrangements and visual arts, will also soon be known for their contribution to the upcoming Guitar Hero World Tour.

Guitar Hero fans will be able to rock out to "Parabola" and Grammy-award winning "Schism" from Tool’s critically-acclaimed 2001 album Lateralus in addition to "Vicarious" from their 2006 Grammy-award winning album 10,000 Days.

The game also will feature an all-new venue designed in collaboration with the band and highlighting the art style that has become a staple in their music videos, live shows and album artwork.

According to Activision, this is the latest installment in the #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero’s signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands," which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online for the first time.

The game features a redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a microphone, as well as a Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock ‘n’ roll anthems. Music creators also can share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunes where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations.

Guitar Hero World Tour is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3. The Nintendo Wii version is being developed by Vicarious Visions. The PlayStation2 computer entertainment system version is being developed by Budcat.

The game is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.