AGOURA HILLS, Calif., July 9, 2007 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced MX vs ATV™ Untamed, the world’s best selling off-road racing franchise, is scheduled to debut on the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo, and Nintendo DS™ in January 2008. In addition, the game will release simultaneously across the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. The largest cross-platform launch in the franchise’s history includes its Nintendo debut and will feature bigger, more populated outdoor open-world environments, an X-cross career mode showcasing all eight vehicles and the all-new EnduroCross™ mode. EnduroCross™ will pit gamers against logs, rocks, mud-pits and more, illustrating the full potential of the franchise’s cutting-edge Rhythm Racing® physics engine.
“The MX vs ATV franchise is the entrenched off-road leader and has evolved into one of the top racing properties,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ.”The expansion to Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system, and innovative game-play made possible with the franchise’s debut on Wii and Nintendo DS, position MX vs ATV Untamed to significantly grow our global share of the racing market.”
“We’ve taken the core MX vs ATV racing experience and tailored game-play to match the strengths of each individual gaming machine,” said Jack Sorenson, executive vice president of worldwide studios, THQ.“The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Wii and Playstation 2 system versions, the PSP system version, and the DS version will all deliver unique experiences that capture the franchise’s strengths and maximize the fun gamers have on their system of choice.”
About MX vs ATV Untamed
MX vs ATV Untamed is bringing Rainbow Studio’s legendary Rhythm Racing physics engine to the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Wii and Nintendo DS for the first time as players battle to own the off-road. Rainbow’s critically acclaimed physics have been supercharged with all-new improvements for next-gen action, featuring throttle based power-slides, near upside down whips and new scrubs at full speed, giving players more control than ever before while keeping the smooth, authentic feel not found in any other racing game. Players will compete in new event types, race with all-new vehicles and experience the ultimate X-Cross career mode, where they must master all eight vehicles, including the new ORV Sport. The largest, most detailed racing worlds to date will showcase all-new modes and event types, pitting racers against logs, rocks, mud pits and more in EnduroCross™ and letting players tear through treacherous trails with all the vehicles competing against each other in Opencross. Stadium-based Supercross racing will be returning, with all the top Motocross and ATV professional riders, and the entire game will be available online. The franchise’s largest cross-platform launch to date will also feature versions for Playstation 2 system and PSP system.
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 and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, MX vs ATV Untamed, Rainbow Studios, Rhythm Racing and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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