Action Adventure Game Will Take Players to the Unexplored Worlds of South America to Encounter Exotic Animals and Villainous EnemiesAGOURA HILLS, Calif., Mar 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced its plans to bring the Up video game, based on the highly anticipated Disney-Pixar film, to
all major consoles worldwide beginning in spring 2009. Up is currently in development across seven game systems, including
Wii(TM) home video game system, Nintendo DS(TM), 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, and Games for Windows(R) and Mac.
Development for the Up video game is being led by THQ's Heavy Iron Studios, the same
creative team responsible for the video games based on Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille
and WALLa-E. In 2007, Ratatouille received recognition from
The International Animated Film Society's annual Annie Awards as the
"Best Animated Video Game."
About the Up Video Game
The Up video game will take players on an exotic adventure with Carl
Fredricksen and his young sidekick, Wilderness Explorer Russell, as they
set off on a wild journey through the undiscovered jungles of South
America. Players will be able to experience all four main characters
from the movie -- Carl, Russell, Dug the lovable dog or Kevin the
prehistoric bird -- while playing as a single-player or with a friend
cooperatively throughout the entire game. Players will encounter
exciting, new environments as they navigate through treacherous jungle
terrains, battle dangerous creatures and trek the slippery slopes of the
Amazonian Tepuis. In addition, the game also features multi-player game
modes, including an epic level that will allow up to four players to
compete in aerial combat.
For more information on the Up video game, please visit www.upvideogame.com.
Information on the rest of THQ's line-up of family-friendly titles is
also available on www.playthq.com.
About the Up Movie
From Disney-Pixar comes "Up," a comedy adventure about 78-year-old
balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong
dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his
house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all
too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an
overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. From the
Academy Award(R)-nominated director Peter Docter (Monsters, Inc.),
Disney-Pixar's Up invites film goers on a hilarious journey into
a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth. Up will be
presented in Disney Digital 3-D in select theatres. The film is due for
release on May 29, 2009.
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, Ratatouille and most recently, WALL-E. The
Northern California studio has won 22 Academy Awards(R) and its eight
films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office to
date. The next film release from Disney-Pixar is Up (May 29,
About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, 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, mobile 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 internal development studios
around the world. For more information, log on to http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.
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