FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.– November 18, 2010– THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI), today announced the release of Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, the first mobile Star Wars game featuring augmented reality technology, for iPhone 3GS and 4, and iPod Touch 4G. The iPad version is scheduled for release in December.
Available for download on iTunes for $4.99, the first-person action game puts players in the Millennium Falcon’ s gunner turret, immersing them in more than 20 arcade-style levels that cover the legendary smuggling vessel’s most exciting moments– including the Death Star escape, asteroid field pursuit over Hoth and infamous Kessel Run. As they blast their way through waves of TIE fighters and Star Destroyers, players earn credits that can be used to make special modifications to the Falcon’s offensive and defensive capabilities, including concussion missiles and a low-level tractor beam.
For iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G users, an optional augmented reality mode lets players use a device’s camera to overlay enemy fighters on top of their natural surroundings and the device’s compass or gyroscope to enable 360-degree, full body motion control movement. A free update scheduled to come over the next several weeks will also let users take and share augmented reality photos from within the Falcon’s turret. On iPad, players can use the native compass for a similar control scheme against high-definition graphics.
“The Millennium Falcon is one of the Star Wars universe’s most storied icons, and in Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, we’re bringing it to life in a novel way,” said Adam Comiskey, Vice President, THQ Wireless. “With its augmented reality mode, 3D sound and multi-axis control, immersing yourself in Falcon Gunner will be easier than pulling the ears off of a gundark.”
“It’s no exaggeration to say that our mission at Vertigore Games– building experiences and proprietary technology that blur the lines between fantasy and reality– has been sparked in large part by our lifelong fascination with the Star Wars universe,” said Josh Shabtai, CEO and creative director, Vertigore Games. “With the release of Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, we’re excited to create the first mobile augmented reality Star Wars experience.”
About Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner
This epic space combat simulator brings the worlds of Star Wars and our world together in an augmented reality setting of cosmic action and adventure. Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner lets players pilot and upgrade the legendary Millennium Falcon while battling Imperial spacecraft across more than twenty levels. With an engaging social media challenge and taunt system, multi-axis controls, retina-display graphics and superior 3D sound for maximum game immersion, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner truly delivers the Star Wars combat experience to handheld gamers and Star Wars fans.
For more information on the game, please visit www.falcongunner.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.
About Vertigore Games
Vertigore Games is obsessed with smashing the boundaries between game and player, using new technologies and platforms to create a new category of entertainment: full immersion gaming. Headquartered in New York, Vertigore Games fuses cutting-edge game design with its proprietary Immersion Engine to create contextual, immersive game experiences for emerging platforms.
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The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be“forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as“THQ”), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner video game, as well as the company’s plans to publish future games on the iPhone over the coming months, and are based upon management’s current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ’s financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2010, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements.Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
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