AGOURA HILLS, Calif., April 5, 2011– THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) announced today that Red Faction ®: Battlegrounds TM is now available for purchase on PlayStation ® Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for the suggested price of $9.99, and will be available April 6 on Xbox LIVE ® Arcade for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for the suggested price of 800 Microsoft Points.
Red Faction: Battlegrounds is a fast-paced multiplayer-focused vehicular combat game in which fast-attack vehicles, heavy tanks and combat walkers wreak havoc above ground and beneath the surface of Mars. Staying true to the Red Faction universe, players can demolish anything that stands in their way, from military compounds to enemy vehicles, using advanced Martian artillery and explosives.
“For hardcore Red Faction fans to casual racers that just want to blow stuff up, Red Faction: Battlegrounds provides a completely new way to experience the Red Faction universe,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “This explosive arcade game is a throwback to top-down, four-player racers of the past, yet with story tie-ins and unlockable weaponry that you will experience in our must futuristic game, Red Faction: Armageddon. Great on their own, playing either will make the other that much more enjoyable– exactly what we want from our transmedia projects.”
THQ also unveiled exclusive unlockable bonus content playable in Red Faction ®: Armageddon TM. Players that reach Rank 20 in Battlegrounds will be rewarded in Red Faction: Armageddon with the Enforcer, an EDF rapid fire smart rifle that uses heat-seeking ammunition to take town enemy targets. Each bullet is embedded with a microchip that helps each fired round to curve and home in on its target.
In addition, players that reach Rank 10 in Battlegrounds will receive 2,000 Salvage Points that can be used to instantly purchase upgrades to Darius Mason’s Nano Forge and weapons arsenal.
Developed by THQ Digital Studios UK and executive produced by Volition, Inc. ®, Red Faction: Battlegrounds pits four players either locally or online in a variety of game modes, including Survival, Annihilate and Flag Frenzy. Players rank up and are rewarded with unique bonus content that will be playable in the upcoming Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Windows PC game, Red Faction: Armageddon, scheduled for release on May 31.
To pre-order Red Faction: Armageddon, or for more information, please visit www.redfaction.com.
About Red Faction: Battlegrounds
The signature destructive gameplay from Red Faction ® comes to the downloadable arcade with Red Faction: Battlegrounds! Jump into your favorite tank or mech using your Gauss Cannons, Rocket Launchers and Singularity Bombs to destroy the competition, and environment along with it. Battle your way through treacherous Martian deserts, terraformed enclaves and more in a variety of different multiplayer modes and single player challenges. Rank up by defeating the competition and unlock new content including maps, vehicles, weapons and even items for the upcoming Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC game, Red Faction: Armageddon.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. Red Faction, Red Faction: Battlegrounds, Red Faction: Armageddon, Volition, Inc., THQ and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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