London, 1 st April, 2011 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that WWE ® All Stars ™ is now available at UK and European retailers for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation ®3 system, PlayStation ®2 system, PSP ® (PlayStation ®Portable) system and the Wii ™ system from Nintendo. Offering a unique, bold and energetic gameplay experience packed with an incredible roster of legendary talent and current-day WWE Superstars, WWE All Stars is rated“PEGI 16” and is available for the suggested retail prices of£44.99 (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system),£29.99 (Wii) and£24.99 (PSP system) in the United Kingdom.
“WWE All Stars delivers what many core WWE SmackDown ® vs. Raw ® fans, casual followers and the WWE Universe ® have been demanding in a new and original take on WWE videogames,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “From smart, highly accessible gameplay to the greatest roster we have ever featured in a WWE videogame, WWE All Stars is a must-have product for anyone looking to have a fun, interactive WWE experience.”
About WWE All Stars
The revolutionary new addition to THQ’s distinguished WWE videogame portfolio and debut release from THQ San Diego, WWE All Stars bridges generations with a fun, fresh and fast-paced experience inside the virtual ring. Delivering one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a WWE videogame, WWE All Stars includes current-day WWE Superstars and legendary talent such as John Cena ®, The Rock ®, Andre the Giant, Triple H ®, Ricky“The Dragon” Steamboat, The Miz ®, Stone Cold Steve Austin ®, Rey Mysterio ®, and for the first time ever in a THQ-produced WWE videogame,“Macho Man” Randy Savage. Each roster member boasts a distinctive and highly stylized appearance, adding to the overall atmosphere and attitude exuding from the on-screen action.
WWE All Stars encompasses a fun, intuitive and approachable gameplay style, creating a highly competitive environment and an engaging spectacle. Packed with high-flying and hard-hitting action, players explore a variety of responsive quick and strong grapples, standing and running attacks, as well as combination sequences. Everyone on the power-packed roster is equipped with individual abilities, signature moves and renowned finishers to create the ultimate in-ring experience. In addition, offering four classes of competitor– Acrobat, Big Man, Brawler and Grappler– WWE All Stars provides players with WWE Legends and WWE Superstars who have distinct advantages and techniques to which other classes do not have access, including specific combinations and unique abilities.
WWE All Stars also recognizes the greatest matchups in WWE history may not have happened yet– until now. In Fantasy Warfare Mode, players will pick a side– WWE Legends or WWE Superstars– and compete in a series of fantasy matches that pit WWE talent with similar personal or in-ring attributes against one another to determine the greatest of all time. Informative and engaging video packages produced by WWE set up each of the pairings and match objectives.
“Satellite” from DGC/Interscope Records recording artist Rise Against will be prominently used in the WWE All Stars campaign. The song is from the band’s new album, Endgame, which was released on March 15 and is available at online and retail outlets worldwide. For more information about Rise Against, please visit riseagainst.com, facebook.com/riseagainst and twitter.com/riseagainst.
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About THQ Inc.
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. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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