San Diego, January 20. 2011
Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, announced today a range of licensed products expected to ship in conjunction with the WWE® All Stars™ videogame, currently scheduled for release on March 29, 2011 in North America and April 1, 2011 throughout Europe.
Produced under license from THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), the Mad Catz BrawlStick™ and BrawlPad™ accessories will bring high octane WWE action to life.
The BrawlStick and BrawlPad are both ideal for recreating signature moves of the WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars.
WWE All Stars will deliver one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a WWE videogame. WWE All Stars invites players to generate fantasy matches between WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars or mix any of the two and ultimately determine the greatest competitors of all time.
Licensed products expected to ship in conjunction with the release of WWE All Stars are as follows:
· Official WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick– the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft / PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system
Designed to offer authentic, arcade-style play, the WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick will offer gamers precision control and quality engineering, complete with official artwork from the videogame that depicts WWE Superstars and WWE Legends. Dual-speed Turbo functionality for each button, complete with LED Indicators, will allow gamers to execute moves with impressive speed, while the eight-button arcade configuration will enable larger-than-life moves to be performed with precise execution. An integrated D-Pad switch will allow gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Sticks for maximum control flexibility, while the ergonomic slanted top panel will ensure comfort during sustained play. In addition, Start and Select/Back Buttons will be located on the back of the BrawlStick, minimizing the risk of accidental interruptions.
· Official WWE All Stars BrawlPad– Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system
Ideal for gamers favoring a traditional console controller without wishing to compromise on features, the WWE All Stars BrawlPad will feature an ergonomic design with an enlarged circular eight-way floating D-Pad and arcade style six-button configuration. An integrated D-Pad switch will allow gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Sticks, and combined with official artwork from the videogame, gamers can grapple with the BrawlPad depicting their favorite WWE Legends and WWE Superstars!
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz, commented,“We believe the fast-paced, arcade style gameplay found in WWE All Stars will be further enhanced when experienced with our range of impressive controllers. THQ has worked tirelessly to deliver to the WWE Universe a unique experience, and we are excited to be working alongside the company to produce products we believe further demonstrate our strategy of combining world-class licenses with market-leading accessories.”
The new Mad Catz Arcade BrawlPad and BrawlStick are expected to begin shipping worldwide in time for launch of the game, expected March 29, 2011 in North America and April 1, 2011 throughout Europe.
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About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a leading global provider of innovative products for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz develops and markets accessories for videogame systems and PCs under its Mad Catz (casual gaming), Saitek (simulation), Cyborg (pro gaming), Eclipse (home and office) and Tritton (gaming audio) brands. Mad Catz also operates e-commerce and content websites for videogame and PC products under its GameShark brand, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary earphones under its AirDrives brand, and publishes and distributes video/PC games. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com, as well as www.store.gameshark.com, www.saitek.com, www.cyborggaming.com, www.eclipsetouch.com, www.trittontechnologies.com, www.gameshark.com and www.airdrives.com.
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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