Cars Joins PlayStation®2 System and PSP® System "Greatest
Hits," Microsoft Xbox® "Platinum Hits" and Nintendo GameCubeTM
"Players Choice" Collections
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2007--THQ Inc.
(NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that the Cars video game based on the
Disney/Pixar film has achieved yet another major sales milestone by
becoming a recent addition to the PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system and
PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system "Greatest Hits," Microsoft
Xbox® "Platinum Hits" and Nintendo GameCubeTM "Player's Choice"
retail programs. Cars was the number one selling kids video game
brand, as well as the number two overall best selling video game in
2006. With this recent sales achievement, the title will now be
available to a broader range of game players with the new suggested
retail price of $19.99 throughout North America.
"Cars has been the fastest selling Disney/Pixar video game to date
and we are extremely pleased with the title's retail success," said
Scott Guthrie, senior vice president, North American sales and
distribution, THQ. "Having already sold-in nearly eight million units,
this new attractive price point will make the game available to an
even wider audience."
"We are excited by the tremendous success the Cars franchise has
achieved across the world on multiple video game platforms," said
Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney
Interactive Studios. "Our successful and long-standing relationship
with THQ has delivered a strong portfolio of Disney/Pixar titles that
have become family favorites for gamers of all ages."
In addition to the recent achievement of these major sales
milestones, THQ is expected to bring a new video game based on the
highly successful Cars film to retail this fall. Cars Mater-National
is scheduled to ship for the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment
system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system
and PlayStation 2 system, the WiiTM video game console, Nintendo
DSTM and Game Boy® Advance and will offer a brand new racing
competition set in the famed animated world of Radiator Springs.
About the Cars Video Game
The Cars video game is a high performance interactive experience
in the open world created in the film, challenging players to relive
the excitement created by Lightning McQueen and his friends. Fans will
discover unique characters and environments inspired by the film with
more than 10 playable characters and 30 races and minigames to choose
from. The game features a fully immersive re-creation of all major
environments introduced in the movie, including Radiator Springs and
Ornament Valley, which will offer distinctive racing experiences to
players while maintaining the artistic style of the film.
The Cars video game was developed within THQ's Studio System,
which includes 16 owned studios and more than 25 of the best
independent development teams. THQ's critically-acclaimed video game
developer, Rainbow Studios, developed the PlayStation 2 system, Xbox
and Nintendo GameCube versions. THQ's Locomotive Games, Inc. developed
the PSP version.
For more information about Cars and additional THQ video game
titles, please visit www.thq.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 and www.thqwireless.com. THQ,
THQ Wireless, Rainbow Studios, Locomotive Games and their respective
logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, the Xbox logos, and the Xbox
Live logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
"PlayStation," "PLAYSTATION," "PS" Family logo and "PSP" are
registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Nintendo, Wii, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance are trademarks of
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Kristina Kirk, 818-871-5119
Julie MacMedan, 818-871-5125
SOURCE: THQ Inc.