Gamers Will Bring Humanity Back to Earth in Summer 2008
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 3, 2008--(NASDAQ:
THQI) today announced plans to release the WALL/E video game in
conjunction with the film's eagerly awaited theatrical debut from
Disney/Pixar in the summer of 2008. WALL/E is anticipated to launch
across all major gaming systems including the Xbox 360(R) video game
and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer
entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system,
PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Wii(TM) home video game
system, Nintendo DS(TM), Windows PC and Mac, as well as wireless
The long-running relationship between THQ and Disney/Pixar has
achieved shipments of more than 35 million units worldwide. THQ's
current agreement with Disney/Pixar, which was announced in 2004,
includes rights to create games based on four newly created
Disney/Pixar film properties. Last year's Ratatouille video game was
the first property released by THQ under this agreement.
WALL/E is expected to release this summer and will mark THQ's next
installment in the company's well-established and successful
association with Disney/Pixar. Development for WALL/E will be led by
THQ's internal Heavy Iron Studios.
About the WALL/E Videogame
Players will take control of WALL/E and EVE through a fast-paced
adventure based on the upcoming Disney/Pixar film. The game will allow
fans to relive some of the movie's most thrilling moments as they
explore 10 worlds filled with non-stop action and adventure, along
with head-to-head multiplayer challenges. Players will recognize the
storyline, characters and key locations from the WALL/E film as they
carry out intense missions, dodge dangerous enemies and navigate their
way through a futuristic world. In addition, the game will contain new
storylines and environments that movie-goers will not see in theaters.
About the WALL/E Movie
What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn
the last robot off?
Academy Award(R)-winning writer-director Andrew Stanton ("Finding
Nemo") and the inventive storytellers and technical geniuses at Pixar
Animation Studios ("The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille") transport
moviegoers to a galaxy not so very far away for a new
computer-animated cosmic comedy about a determined robot named WALL/E.
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for,
WALL/E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers
a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets
a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL/E has
inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races
back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been
eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile,
WALL/E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the
most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the
Joining WALL/E on his fantastic journey across a universe of
never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of
characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of
malfunctioning misfit robots.
Filled with surprises, action, humor and heart, WALL/E was written
and directed by Andrew Stanton, produced by Jim Morris, co-produced by
Lindsey Collins and features original and innovative sound design by
Academy Award(R)-winner Ben Burtt ("Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "E.T.
the Extra-Terrestrial"). The film is due for release on June 27, 2008.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt
Disney Company, is an Academy Award(R)-winning film studio with
world-renowned technical, creative, and production capabilities in the
art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and
beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo,
The Incredibles, Cars, and most recently, Ratatouille. The Northern
California studio has won 20 Academy Awards(R) and its eight films
have grossed more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office to date.
The next film release from Disney/Pixar is WALL/E (June 27, 2008).
About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios is the interactive entertainment
affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive
Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of
multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide.
The company also licenses properties and works directly with other
interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market.
Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has
five internal game development studios around the world including
Avalanche Software, Fall Line Studio, Propaganda Games, Black Rock
Studio and Junction Point Studios.
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
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Kristina Kirk, Media Relations, 818-871-5119
Julie MacMedan, Investor Relations, 818-871-5125
SOURCE: THQ Inc.