AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Dec 07, 2010: Celebrating this year's 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI), today announced it is working with ngmoco - a premier creator and publisher of applications for mobile devices - to develop and co-publish Star Wars Imperial Academy exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch.
Star Wars Imperial Academy will present iOS gamers around the world with an exciting multiplayer game built around ngmoco's proven Eliminate engine.
In Star Wars Imperial Academy, players need to prove they are elite stormtrooper material as they compete against other Imperial Academy recruits in intense four-player death-match battles that take place across the Star Wars galaxy. They will have to master close-quarters blaster combat, long-range sniping and explosive armaments - all in such classic Star Wars settings like Hoth, Cloud City, Tatooine and more.
"We've been inspired by the Star Wars films to raise the quality bar to a new high for Imperial Academy, which we've developed as a totally unique experience, combining a first-person shooter with the excitement of Star Wars for amazing mobile game play," said Adam Comiskey, Vice President, THQ Wireless.
"As huge fans of the Star Wars universe, ngmoco is excited to work on such a storied franchise for our first ever property-based game," said Neil Young, CEO and founder of ngmoco. " Star Wars Imperial Academy brings together our passion for first-person shooters and Star Wars in an amazingly fun and high quality experience."
Star Wars Imperial Academy is coming soon to the Apple App Store exclusively for iPhone or iPod touch. To begin the epic journey to a galaxy far, far away, please visit http://appstore.ngmoco.com/starwars
About Star Wars Imperial Academy
Darth Vader is looking for new recruits in the Imperial Academy! Compete against your fellow recruits in four-player deathmatch battles that take place throughout the Star Wars galaxy in a quest to become an elite stormtrooper. Master close-quarters blaster combat, long-range sniping and explosive armaments in fast-paced deathwatch battles against other recruits. Battlefield prowess will mean quick advancement to the top of the class. Imperial Academy recruits will become proficient in a wide array of weaponry, including he ARC caster, PLX-2M rocket launcher, E-11s sniper rifle and the FA-3 Flechette launcher. Find news, support, and update info at: facebook.com/TKtwitter.com/imperialacademyngmoco.com/TK. Star Wars Imperial Academy is published by THQ Wireless Inc. and co-published by ngmoco. It is powered by plus+, the premier social play network for players on the go. (Please note: Internet connectivity is required to play Star Wars Imperial Academy.)
ngmoco is a wholly owned subsidiary of DeNA Co., Ltd, the world's leading social mobile gaming company. Headquartered in San Francisco and with studios in New York and Portland, ngmoco creates and publishes games for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android in collaboration with the best and brightest game makers in the world. To witness the lives and minds of the ngmoco team at work on the future of social mobile gaming, visit http://www.ngmoco.com.
About THQ Wireless
THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI), is a global leader in mobile entertainment, offering a wide range of wireless products, including games, personalization products, information services and messaging based on top brands such as the WWE, Star Wars and popular Nickelodeon properties. Headquartered outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, THQ Wireless has offices worldwide, in addition to distribution agreements through wireless carriers across the globe. Further information can be found at www.thqwireless.com. THQ Wireless is a registered trademark of THQ Wireless Inc. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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