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Monster Jam: Urban Assault is available at:
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Best Buy
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and other retailers...


Released: 10/29/08

Monster Jam: Urban Assault Trailers

     






Released: 10/29/08

2008 Monster Jam Video Game National Tournamnet Winner - Jordan Rager Talks About Monster Jam: Urban Assault

Last year, contestants from all over the country gathered at their local Monster Jams to compete in the Monster Jam Video Game National Tournament - the video game equivalent of the Monster Jam World Finals. The local winners, along with a MonsterJam.com Wild Card qualifier, were flown to Las Vegas for the final showdown at the Monster Jam World Finals. Jordan Rager, from Loganville, Georgia, came out on top and was crowned the Monster Jam Video Game National Tournament champion.

With another incredible national competition gearing up, this time using Monster Jam: Urban Assault as its battle ground, we caught up with Jordan to get his thoughts on the upcoming game and the new competition.

  1. First off Jordan, congratulations on winning the title last year! How did it feel to go all the way to Vegas to compete for the championship?
    Thanks man! It was an awesome feeling being able to win the title, Monster Jam Wii Champion.
  1. Did a lot of people in your hometown know you were being flown to Vegas to compete in the Monster Jam Video Game National Tournament finals? What was it like when you came back a champion?
    Yeah I had a lot of my friends fighting over who I would take to Vegas. I had the news on just about every corner of Loganville. My friends, my school, my church, my family, everybody was rooting for me.
  1. We all know your racing skills are awesome, but how are you at freestyle? Is speed your specialty, or do you like to wreck stuff too?
    Dude, you better believe it! I wish they would?ve had a freestyle contest - that would have been another nice trophy for me. Just kidding! Everybody I faced in Vegas was really tough.
  1. Were you a Monster Jam fan before you started playing the game, or did the game draw you to Monster Jam?
    Oh man, I?ve been a Monster Jam fan since Tom was still driving Bulldozer. I?ve been to the Atlanta Georgia Dome shows for 9 years straight.
  1. This may be a tough question: when you play, do you always drive the same monster truck? If so, which one is it?
    Well, when I first got picked before the Atlanta show, I would drive as any truck, but during the race in Atlanta I raced as Monster Mutt. And ever since I won there, I?ve raced as Mutt in just about ever race, including the ?big one? in Vegas.
  1. I?m sure all the other competitors want to know: are you coming back to defend your title in the Monster Jam: Urban Assault tournament?
    You know it man! I?m ON A MISSION bro! I?m ready?but is everybody else?
  1. In addition to all the good stuff from last year, Monster Jam: Urban Assault has some brand-new mini-games as well. Do you think you?ll spend a lot of time playing those too?
    I really like the racing and freestyle in the games so I?ll definitely be doing a lot of that. I?ll be checking the mini-games out though!
  1. What are you looking forward to most in this next game? Is it the increased number of trucks, the new urban environments, the mini-games, or something else? Well, I?m excited to see more monster trucks in this game because now there?s a better chance you?ll get to play your favorite Monster Jam monster truck. The urban tracks and environments should be a lot of fun and same goes for the all new mini-games. I?m basically excited about the new game, period!
  1. Last question: what will you be doing on October 28th, 2008?
    I?ll be in the stores buying Monster Jam: Urban Assault for the Wii, which is what y?all should be doing too cuz it?s gonna be just as good as the first!

Thanks for speaking with us, Jordan. We?ll see you on the road to Vegas!
One more time, everybody, get your own copy of Monster Jam: Urban Assault because it?s gonna be an awesome game! Good luck to everybody and I?ll see you in Vegas.

Monster Jam: Urban Assault is shipping this week to all major retailers, like Wal*Mart, GameStop, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Circuit City, and Target - Get your copy today!

 




Released: 10/29/08

EXPECT TOTAL DESTRUCTION AS ACTIVISION PUBLISHING'S MONSTER JAM®: URBAN ASSAULT HITS THE STREETS


SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 29, 2008 -
Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Feld Entertainment announced today that Monster Jam: Urban Assault has been unleashed in North America for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii? and Nintendo DS?. The original Monster Jam® re-defined the monster truck genre and now Monster Jam: Urban Assault takes all-out destruction to another level by busting the traditional Monster Jam action out of the stadiums and onto city streets across the globe with the most famous monster trucks in the world.

"Monster Jam: Urban Assault is all about the fun of wreaking havoc with the world's biggest and baddest monster trucks," said Dave Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Ever dreamed of driving one of these beasts through downtown, destroying everything in sight? In Monster Jam: Urban Assault, it's not only possible, you are rewarded for it."

Take your pick of 27 monster trucks, all with improved handling and suspension, including classic Monster Jam icons like Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, Blue Thunder®, and Captain's Curse® and newer stars such as Stone Crusher? and Backwards Bob?. Rack up points by crushing everything in your path and doing insane tricks you never imagined were possible in city and urban settings! There are 26 new urban tracks, 12 Monster Jam stadiums packed with things to demolish, seven different game modes, and 12 skill competitions. Multiplayer action lets you go head to head with up to four players at once via split-screen, and the Nintendo DS? has 4-player Wi-fi competition.

"Monster Jam: Urban Assault takes everything that is classic about the original Monster Jam video game to an entirely new level," said Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motor Sports, Inc. "The classic Monster Jam stadium racing and stadium freestyle elements will once again be included, but now taking your favorite monster trucks into the city streets and wreaking havoc outside of the traditional stadium settings will allow for an entirely new game play experience. We believe Monster Jam: Urban Assault will be a hit with not only core Monster Jam fans, but also traditional gamers."

Monster Jam: Urban Assault is out now for $39.99 for Wii?, $29.99 for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and $19.99 for Nintendo DS?.

Stay tuned to http://www.monsterjam.com/ for the latest Monster Jam tour and game updates. For more information visit http://www.activision.com/.

 




Released: 10/24/08

Monster Jam legend Dennis Anderson interviewed about the upcoming Monster Jam: Urban Assault

More than three decades ago, Dennis Anderson pieced together the very first Grave Digger ® out of old parts he scrounged from local junkyards around North Carolina. Today, after thousands of races, hundreds of spectacular crashes, and dozens of destroyed trucks, Grave Digger is the most popular superstar on the Monster Jam ® circuit.

We sat down with Dennis to get his thoughts on how Monster Jam: Urban Assault is shaping up, and how much it means to him for the truck that he's driven to three Monster Jam World Finals championships to have made it into the second Monster Jam game.

  1. Dennis, you invented Grave Digger back in the early eighties... at that time, did you ever think that someday your truck would be re-created, part-by-part, in a videogame?
    Dennis: No, I didn't. I never had a clue we would go as far as we have or as long as we have, especially long enough to make it into a videogame! The first Monster Jam Video Game by Activision was cool, but this next one is going to be even better!
  1. How do you feel about Monster Jam: Urban Assault taking the action outside the stadiums and into city environments?
     Dennis: I think it's cool. All the kids and adults, when they're playing video games, they love the destruction part of it. I always hear from fans "Man, I'd like to have Grave Digger during rush hour"! Well, now they can step into that element and take Grave Digger or any other Monster Jam truck out on the street and start destroying everything that's in their way. It's cool, man - I've watched my kids play and it's pretty awesome.
  1. You pretty much invented freestyle by convincing promoters to just let you and Digger run wild for a few minutes at the end of every show. Do you feel that the free-for-all, go anywhere, destroy everything event is accurately re-created in the game?
    Dennis: Yes, I think it does. There's a lot of stuff that's exact replicas of obstacles found on real Monster Jam tracks, and there's also a representation of a kind of "fantasy land" of freestyle that goes on too. I really wish we could run over all that stuff in our monster trucks! It's about as close as you can get to the real thing, and at the same time there's some crazy pieces that they've added in that are really awesome.
  1. Have you seen any of the mini-games yet? Which one is your favorite?
    Dennis: Yes, I've seen the mini-games, and I'd have to say the Skee Ball mini-game is my favorite so far. It's pretty awesome when you launch your truck off the ramp and try to get it in the highest scoring hole - that's really fun. We go down to the arcade and play Skee Ball as a family, so I think it's one of the best mini-games in Monster Jam: Urban Assault.
  1. I know your three Monster Jam World Finals Championships mean a lot to you... how do you feel that people everywhere can win their own World Championships in Grave Digger?
    Dennis: I think it's cool that, in the game, people can win Monster Jam World Championships in their living rooms or anywhere they want to. And when they do conquer it - because it's not a bowl of cherries, I can tell you that - I'm sure they've got a little adrenaline flowing. It feels just like the real thing.
  1. I know you'll be driving Digger while you play, but are there any competitor's trucks you'd like to take for a spin? Maybe Maximum Destruction ®, just so you can destroy your arch-enemy?
    Dennis: Yes! (Laughing) If I had a choice, I'd love to jump in Tom Meents' Max D. truck and run it right into the ground!
  1. In the Game, Grave Digger looks exactly like he does in real life, right down to the red headlights and the incredible paint job. Did Activision contact you to help them make a faithful re-creation?
    Dennis: Yes, they sure did. Activision sent out a group of people down to Digger's Dungeon ® that took all kinds of photos from every angle. They got shots of every little element of Grave Digger, from the chassis to the paintjob to the headlights, and they re-created it perfectly in the video game. I was really anxious to see how it turned out, and it turned out just awesome. This truck is my baby, so I was really proud.
  1. Is there anything you'd like to leave the fans with, Dennis?
    Dennis: Just challenge the game, do your best, and good luck!

Thanks Dennis, we appreciate your time!
Monster Jam: Urban Assault will ship to all major retailers, like Wal*Mart, GameStop, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target, this Tuesday, October 28th, 2008.




Released: 10/23/08

Monster Jam: Urban Assault Truck - Original Grave Digger


We told you a surprise truck would be appearing the upcoming Monster Jam: Urban Assault. Well here it is, the one and only original Grave Digger is set to tear up the streets!








Released: 10/20/08

Monster Jam: Urban Assault Game Play Trailer - Racing


Racing








Released: 10/17/08

Monster Jam: Urban Assault Game Play Trailer - Freestyle


Freestyle








Released: 10/14/08
An Interview With Scott Douglass The Voice Of Monster Jam: Urban Assault

If you've ever been to a Monster Jam live event, or even just caught one on TV, then chances are you're familiar with Scott Douglass.

Besides calling the play-by-play on the Monster Jam television show, Scott has witnessed and announced hundreds of live Monster Jam events including the Monster Jam World Finals. Naturally, he was the number one choice to call all the video game action as well in Monster Jam the Video Game, and his exciting announcing style is poised to make a comeback in the next installment releasing on October 28th, Monster Jam: Urban Assault.

We caught up with Scott and asked him a few questions about his work with Activision and Monster Jam: Urban Assault.

Scott, with so many trucks represented in the game, along with so many different environments to compete in, just how many lines did you have to originally read to describe all the action?

It would have to be thousands of lines, I guess. We had a script about as thick as a phone book, because so many Monster Jam trucks are involved and there's so many cool things that they do in the video game. I couldn't tell you how many lines total though, because there are so many in the game. I can tell you that once I went in the studio I read every line as intensely as if I was announcing at another sold out Monster Jam stadium event. It was exhausting, intense, and a blast!

And how much time did it take you read them all?

I guess in total we put about 16 hours of studio time in to get all of the lines that are used in Monster Jam: Urban Assault.

When you started out in your career, did you ever think that someday your voice would be immortalized in a game?

"Immortalized", really? That sounds very cool. To answer the question, there's no way I would have ever seen this opportunity coming. When I did my first live event, over 20 years ago, and then thinking back on this year's Monster Jam World Finals, there's just no comparison. Monster Jam has become so huge. I mean, I think many of us involved in the early days knew Monster Jam was something special, but I don't know of too many people back then who could've predicted just how big its become today. So having my voice in Monster Jam: Urban Assault is an awesome addition to all of the events, TV shows, and DVD's that I have been blessed enough to be a part of in this sport.

Considering how long you've been involved with Monster Jam, how amazing is it to see all the trucks so faithfully re-created in a video game?

Amazing isn't the right word. The first time I got to play the original Monster Jam video game last fall, I was just stunned at how great the trucks and courses looked and how much control you have over the truck. I'm not a huge game player, but this one is a blast! And I can assure you that Monster Jam: Urban Assault is even better!

After calling the action for hundreds of Monster Jams, how faithfully do the stadium portions of the games reflect the Monster Jam atmosphere?

That's one of my favorite parts. The game producers did such a great job to recreate actual stadiums and race tracks and freestyle courses to be so lifelike, and then to give players some really exciting off-road options as well. This new game is going to have so many more, unique types of games to play that it'll have something sure to excite every player.

What do you think about Monster Jam: Urban Assault taking the action outside the stadiums and into city environments?

I think it is the perfect combination. Giving the player the chance to run race courses and freestyle tracks that are so lifelike, and then to add in so many fun, exciting new elements away from the stadium competition just gives players so many different options that I can see playing Monster Jam: Urban Assault every day and this game never getting old.

Did you provide any voiceovers for the line-up of crazy mini games included in Monster Jam: Urban Assault?

Yes, on a few of them. Just like with the '07 release, some of the game options include my voice and some are just cut it loose in the great outdoors and let the roar of the engines take over!

What part of Monster Jam: Urban Assault are you most looking forward to playing?

That's a tough question to answer. All of them, actually. Probably the neatest thing to me is that the producers have added even more trucks to the game, so I think it's just awesome that along with driving Grave Digger or Max-D, fans can get behind the wheel of the likes of my TV partner Mark Schroeder's Devastator, or rising star Steve Sims' Stone Crusher as well. There are 27 Monster Jam trucks in the game, compared to only 20 in the original Monster Jam video game, and one of them will be a surprise to everyone!

While we're on the subject of surprises, since you've voiced over nearly every truck, environment, and action in the game, are there any secrets you feel like spilling?

NO WAY! This is the greatest video game ever created based on Monster Jam, and the only way to find out all of the awesome elements that are in there is to play it, and to play it often!

Well, you can't blame us for trying! Thanks Scott!

Monster Jam: Urban Assault will ship to all major retailers, like Wal*Mart, GameStop, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target, on October 28th, 2008.


Released: 10/14/08
All New Features in Monster Jam: Urban Assault

 

 
Monster Jam
Monster Jam®: Urban Assault
Platforms
PS2, Wii, X360, NDS, PC
PS2, Wii, PSP, NDS
Vehicles
20 monster trucks
27 monster trucks
Tracks
12 Circuit
18 Stadium including Freestyle
12 Circuit
22 Stadium including Freestyle
8 Head to Head
7 Devastator
Environments
12 Off-Road tracks
9 Monster Jam Stadiums
26 Urban Tracks on city streets across the globe
12 Monster Jam Stadiums
Mini Games
None
4
Modes of gameplay
Circuit Racing
Stadium Racing
Freestyle
Eliminator
Circuit Racing
Stadium Racing
Freestyle
Eliminator
Devastator
Head to Head
Mini Games
Split Screen Multiplayer
2-4 player split-screen
4 player Wi-Fi
2-4 player split-screen
4 player Wi-Fi
Gameplay Improvements

 

  • The sheer number of objects to destroy
  • Improved truck handling and suspension
  • Improved physics engine
  • Trick system

  • Released: 10/9/08

    Monster Jam: Urban Assault Game Play Trailer - Devastator


    Devastator








    Released: 10/6/08

    Monster Jam: Urban Assault Game Play Trailer


    Head To Head Play








    Released:10/3/08
    7 New Screen Shots Released

    Click on photo for larger view

    Brooklyn Nights
    Industrial Park
    Sunset Smash
    Skill Jump
    Crush Hour
    San Francisco Streets
    Grave Digger

     


    Released: 9/30/08

    October is Monster Jam: Urban Assault Month

    October is Monster Jam: Urban Assault month! There are less than 30 days left - - that's right, the new and improved Monster Jam branded video game called Monster Jam: Urban Assault gets shipped to retailers on October 28th, and we'll continue to provide fans more behind the scenes glimpses at Monster Jam: Urban Assault through October as we have all through September.
    To date we have announced the following:
    • All 27 trucks that will be in Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    • An interview with the producer of the Activision produced Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    • All of the stadiums that will be in Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    • The box art
    • The four mini-games that will be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault including Skill Jump, Air Strike, Monster Jump and Trickster
    • A Monster Jam: Urban Assault trailer
    Coming up in October during Monster Jam: Urban Assault month will be the following:
    • Monster Jam: Urban Assault online pre-orders
    • An interview with Grave Digger driver and creator Dennis Anderson
    • 3 more Monster Jam: Urban Assault video trailers
    • A comparison of the differences between Monster Jam the video game and Monster Jam: Urban Assault, and what will make Monster Jam: Urban Assault an even better video game
    • An interview with Scott Douglas, Monster Jam announcer, and voice-over on Monster Jam: Urban Assault including some behind the scenes "making of Urban Assault" facts
    • An interview with current Monster Jam Video Game National Tournament winner Jordan Rager, and some information on the Monster Jam: Urban Assault National Tournament.
    • The Monster Jam: Urban Assault television spots\
    • A special announcement about Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    • And much more!
    If you want to keep tabs on the upcoming release of Monster Jam: Urban Assault, there is only one central hub for fans to go - - www.MonsterJam.com/urbanassault

    Released: 9/29/08

    Monster Jam: Urban Assault Mini-Games
    A great feature in Monster Jam: Urban Assault is the mini-games! The mini-games give the player some "quick" game plays, for when you don't have a lot of time, but are looking to play Monster Jam: Urban Assault! They also provide some good practice time to refine your driving and handling skills behind the top monster trucks in the world. There are four mini-games that will be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault, here is a look at the second two!


    Monster Jump
    Monster Jump is all about airtime! Launch your truck off the ramp and fly the farthest to win - but try to hit the Monster Obstacles on the way to bank some major points!



    Trickster
    Trickster is YOUR time to shine! Reach deep into your bag of tricks and dominate this Monster Jam size, skate park-style track! Bust out flat spins, barrel rolls, back flips, and more before the timer runs out and strut your stuff in front of the capacity crowd! Link your tricks and keep those combos going to earn Spectacle Points - AND the fan's hearts!

    Released: 9/24/08
    5 more stadiums are announced for the Monster Jam: Urban Assault video game!
    A few more familiar stadiums from the current Monster Jam Video Game, in addition to two more new stadiums to Monster Jam: Urban Assault! In addition to last week's announced stadiums, returning from the Monster Jam Video Game to make an appearance in Monster Jam: Urban Assault will be Detroit's Ford Field, Minneapolis' Metrodome, and Las Vegas' grand-daddy-of-them-all Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium...the site of Monster Jam World Finals X March 28, 2009.

    Ford Field
    Sam Boyd Stadium
    McAfee Stadium
    Metrodome
    Tacoma Dome

    Making its first appearance in Monster Jam: Urban Assault will be Oakland Coliseum. Originally opening September 8, 1966 when the Oakland Raiders hosted the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Coliseum is the permanent home to the NFL's Oakland Raiders and MLB's Oakland Athletics. Oakland Coliseum has hosted legendary concerts, circus's, boxing events, rodeos, religious speakers, ice shows - and MONSTER JAM! The most recent Monster Jam at Oakland Coliseum was February 2nd when nearly 30,000 rain-soaked Monster Jam fans took in one of the muddies Monster Jam tour stops in history! Also making it's first appearance in Monster Jam: Urban Assault is the Tacoma Dome. Notoriously one of the most well attended Monster Jam stops of the season, Monster Jam fans routinely pack the Tacoma Dome's 5 performances that always take place in a 72-hour span! The Tacoma Dome is one of the largest wood domed structures in the world, opening April 21, 1983 and it hosted its first major concert when David Bowie played to a sold out crowd. The Tacoma Dome entertains millions of guests annually including WIAA high school sports, major concerts, family touring shows, tradeshows, the 1990 Goodwill Games, NCAA Women's Final Fours, NBA games and Monster Jam! The Tacoma Dome roof weighs nearly 1.5M pounds and stands 152 feel tall.


    Released: 9/22/08

    Monster Jam: Urban Assault Mini-Games
    A great feature in Monster Jam: Urban Assault is the mini-games! The mini-games give the player some "quick" game plays, for when you don't have a lot of time, but are looking to play Monster Jam: Urban Assault! They also provide some good practice time to refine your driving and handling skills behind the top monster trucks in the world. There are four mini-games that will be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault, here is a look at the first two!


    Skill Jump
    In Skill Jump major points are yours for the taking! Soar off the ramp and land on the high-scoring areas to snag the most points - but don't forget to demolish some obstacles along the way to earn multipliers!


    Air Strike
    The destructive possibilities are endless in Air Strike! A field chock full of objects just waiting to be thrashed and you have your pick of five different jumps to get the job done! But choose your ramps carefully, as certain ones lead to more destruction than others.

    Released: 9/8/08
    Fourth round of trucks to be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    Backwards Bob
    Blacksmith
    Bulldozer
    Monster Mutt Dalmation
     
    Destroyer
    Devestator

    Released: 9/5/08

    First Monster Jam: Urban Assault Trailer
    Check out the fist glimpse of Monster Jam: Urban Assault gameplay including urban racing, stadium freestyle runs, and crazy mini-games.




    Stay tuned for more Monster Jam: Urban Assault action in the coming weeks.


    Released: 9/4/08
    First Five Stadiums Announced - Click Screen Shots For Larger View
    The first 5 stadiums for Monster Jam: Urban Assault are here! Some of them are new to the game, and to Monster Jam on the whole, and some of them were in the Monster Jam video game last year. Some of the biggest stadiums on the Monster Jam tour and largest attended Monster Jam events were held at the Alamodome, Dolphin Stadium, and Edward Jones Dome...so of course Activision had to put them in Monster Jam: Urban Assault this year. But we are really excited about including the Louisiana Superdome and Lucas Oil Stadium in Monster Jam: Urban Assault.

    Alamodome
    Dolphin Stadium
    Edward Jones Dome
    Louisiana Superdome
    Lucas Oil Stadium

    The Louisiana Superdome opened in 1975, and is the permanent home to the NFL's New Orleans Saints. The storied stadium has played host to the biggest concerts in the world, multiple NCAA Final Four's, multiple Super Bowls, the Republican National Convention, Pope John Paul II, the BCS National Championship, and in 2005 was a "Refuge of Last Resort" after housing over 30,000 evacuees after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Opening 13 months later in 2006, the Superdome was once again back on the map. Monster Jam set a Superdome motorsports record earlier this year selling over 60,000 tickets for the first motorsports event in the dome since 2005.

    Lucas Oil Stadium is the new home to Monster Jam in Indianapolis now that the RCA Dome has closed its doors after an extensive concert, sports, motorsports, and special events history. Known best as the home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium also is a major site for concerts, motorsports events, conventions, exhibitions, trade shows and NCAA basketball competition. The unique retractable roof makes it exceptionally flexible for both indoor and outdoor events. The roof can be opened or closed in approximately nine minutes. Lucas Oil Stadium is a seven-level facility that seats 63,000 for football up to 70,000 for basketball, conventions and concerts. It covers 1.8 million square feet, features 137 corporate suites, two club lounges, meeting rooms, and two exhibit halls. Monster Jam will make its debut at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2008.

    Look for the next stadiums announcement in a couple weeks!


    Released: 9/2/08
    Third round of trucks to be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    Monster Mutt
    Suzuki
    Iron Outlaw
    Blue Thunder
     
    El Toro Loco
    Air Force

    Released: 8/28/08

    INTERVIEW WITH MONSTER JAM: URBAN ASSAULT PRODUCER AARON THOMPSON

    Just under a year ago, Monster Jam made its return to video game consoles with great success. Activision's Monster Jam captured all the high flying, car crushing excitement of the live stadium and arena based Monster Jam events and brought that excitement home. Insane freestyle competitions, incredible indoor and outdoor races, and even the Monster Jam World Finals were captured in all their destructive glory.

    With the next version of the game due in only a few months, we spoke to Activision game producer Aaron Thompson to get all the dirt (no pun intended) on the upcoming game titled Monster Jam: Urban Assault.

    The original Activision Monster Jam game featured action inside stadiums and also in rural areas, like quarries and canyons. Just from the title, we know that Monster Jam: Urban Assault is taking us in whole new direction. Can you give us more information on exactly where we'll be wreaking havoc?

    When we were thinking of what to do for a new Monster Jam game, we felt we had to make this one completely different from the first. We chose not to make "the sequel" or "Monster Jam 2". We chose to go a totally different direction and create a totally different video game. This left us with only one choice: throw the rules out the window and go for total destruction outside the normal Monster Jam environments. Wouldn't it be cool to wreak total havoc on city streets around the world? In Monster Jam: Urban Assault, players can unleash the raw power of the world's biggest and baddest monster trucks on the streets of New York, catch massive air down the streets of San Francisco or race through the back yards of London towns and the streets of Sydney, Australia!

    What new stuff is out there just begging to be crushed? And will these new obstacles be specific to the setting?

    That's the other thing that went hand and hand with cool places to race a monster truck - cool things to crush! So in New York, for example, you get to run over taxi cabs. You can smash through double-decker buses in London, destroy trolley cars in San Francisco and much more. A major improvement in this game is also the sheer number of objects you get to destroy.

    There were a number of different events in the last game, but I hear you have even more planned for Urban Assault. What are they?

    More? Absolutely! We wanted to build the series by having completely new game modes with each new version so the player always has something to look forward to with the next game. With Monster Jam: Urban Assault, we have a game mode called "Head-to-Head". It's a 4-player race of three laps but two of the opponent trucks are racing in the opposite direction. So, now the player has to watch out for the other trucks, or maybe try to knock them off course. We also have a game mode called "Devastator", which lets the player run loose in a city setting, trying to destroy and crush as many things as they can. The damage bill is tallied at the end of the game and you win by having the highest destruction bill!

    And this version will feature some insane Monster Jam-inspired mini-games, correct?

    Correct! Again, we wanted to give the player a lot to look forward to and putting in fun and quick mini-games was the perfect fit. 4 mini-games have been added including "Air Strike", where you're challenged to destroy as much as you can off of five different ramps. In "Trickster" the goal is to perform as many tricks as you can - think of this one as a skateboard park for monster trucks.

    So far, which mini-game is shaping up to be the craziest?

    For sure, that would be "Skill Jump"! We have a monster-sized "skee ball"-like score board with different holes, each one netting you a certain amount of points. The object is to jump your monster truck though the highest-valued holes, and the one with the most points at the end wins.

    But, for the Monster Jam purists, there'll still be plenty of traditional stadium action, correct?

    Absolutely, we actually lengthened the run at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Monster Jam World Finals over the last game. We've also doubled the number of freestyle events the player gets to compete in and packed the stadiums to the brim with obstacles to crush - so many, in fact, that we couldn't fit them all in!

    There were twenty trucks in the previous game - is that number increasing?

    You bet. We are now up to the world's top 27 trucks, including the hottest new trucks that debuted over the past 8 months on the Monster Jam tour.

    Can you let any of the new trucks out of the bag yet, or is that info top secret?

    For now, its top secret - but if you're signed up for the Monster Jam Weekly newsletter, you're in luck. That's where you'll find out about the new trucks and game features before everyone else. In addition, the Monster Jam website has a section solely dedicated to releasing features of Monster Jam: Urban Assault over the next two months as we lead up to the October 28th ship date.

    I've heard there's a surprise truck in the game. Can you give us any hints about that?

    Again, nice try - but you'll need to keep reading the Monster Jam newsletter to find out! We'll be announcing this truck at the end of October, just before the game gets shipped to retail. But rest assured, it's pretty cool.

    Fair enough! We know you guys are sticklers for getting all the details of each individual truck correct. What did you have to do to get these new trucks in the game?

    We took thousands of photos of each truck from every angle. We also asked the drivers of the trucks to give us feedback on how we can make them look better. We also went to as many events as we could, including the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, to see the trucks in action and take even more pictures.

    The controls in the original Monster Jam game did a great job of capturing the feel of driving these huge beasts. What's new about the controls this time around, and how will that affect the game play?

    In this version, we wanted to let the player do more tricks that would get them more points. So when you catch massive air off a jump and time it right you can perform a front flip, back flip, or flat spin, depending on how you turn the truck.

    Last year, Jordan Rager won the inaugural Monster Jam Video Game National Tournament at the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas.  Will you be running the National Tournament again?  What details can you provide?

    Last year's tournament was a huge success and we're working on making this year's tournament even bigger and better. We'll have some very exciting news regarding the Monster Jam: Urban Assault National Tournament in the upcoming weeks.

    And most importantly - when is the game available, and where can we get it?

    The game will ship to all major retailers that carry video games on October 28th, 2008. Look for Monster Jam Urban Assault at Wal*Mart, GameStop, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target.

    Thanks Aaron, can't wait for October 28th!

     


    Released: 8/25/08
    Second round of trucks to be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    War Wizard
    Scarlet Bandit
    Captains Curse
    Black Stallion
     
    Avenger
    Grave Digger
    Spitfire

    Released: 8/18/08
    First round of trucks to be featured in Monster Jam: Urban Assault
    King Krunch
    Bounty Hunter
    Pastrana 199
    Spike Unleashed
     
    Jurassic Attack
    Maximum Destruction
    Stone Crusher

    Released: 6/10/08

    BREAK OUT OF THE STADIUMS AND ONTO THE STREETS IN ACTIVISION'S UPCOMING MONSTER JAM: URBAN ASSAULT

    SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 10, 2008 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today the upcoming release of Monster Jam: Urban Assault. The genre-defining monster truck action in the original hit Monster Jam® has destroyed the stadium barriers and players will now be able to wreak havoc on city streets around the world. The game will be available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ in fall 2008.

    Selling a record of over 4 million tickets at over 325 performances in 2007 at the premier stadiums and arenas in the world, Monster Jam is one of the best known touring entertainment brands in both North America and Europe, in addition to its recent international expansion into Central America. The 2008 Monster Jam tour kicked off this year with further record breaking attendances and is on pace to be the greatest year to date in terms of live event attendance, television coverage on network and cable, worldwide licensed merchandise, international event growth and online presence.

    "Last year's launch of the Activision produced Monster Jam, which was the first Monster Jam branded video game at retail in over five years, exceeded our expectations in terms of both gameplay and positive fan response," Charlie Mancuso, President of Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. "But Monster Jam fans and gamers are not easily satisfied. For the sequel, we agreed with Activision that we had only one choice: throw the rules out the window and go for total destruction outside the normal Monster Jam environments!"

    Taking Monster Jam monster trucks onto the streets and other urban settings and being rewarded for the scale of the damage and destruction is one of the new key features of Monster Jam: Urban Assault. Feel the crunch of twisting metal underneath as you drive legendary and world famous monster truck favorites like Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Captain's Curse®, and Blue Thunder®, or select from newer stars on the Monster Jam tour like Stone Crusher™, Backwards Bob™ and Spitfire Monster Truck™. Your goal is to demolish every vehicle you see.

    "What would Monster Jam fans do if they could unleash the raw power of the world's biggest and baddest monster trucks in an urban setting, however they liked? Monster Jam: Urban Assault is our attempt to answer this question," said Dave Oxford, Activision Publishing. "We are confident Monster Jam fans and all gamers will enjoy doing things like crushing a NYC cab or smashing through one of London's famous double-decker buses."

    For purists, Monster Jam: Urban Assault will still offer stadium racing and stadium freestyle competitions with gameplay much improved over the original game. Mini games have also been added, including ones brand new to the franchise like Monster Jump, Truck Trickster, Skee Ball and Air Strike.

    Stay tuned to www.MonsterJam.com to learn how you can have a chance to qualify for the second annual Monster Jam Video Game National Tournament. The inaugural tournament was won at the 2008 Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas by 14-year old Jordan Rager of Loganville, Georgia after he qualified through a series of regional qualifiers at the Atlanta Georgia Dome and Las Vegas' Sam Body Stadium.

    For more information visit www.activision.com.