The Wacky Worlds of Award-Winning Game Designer Tim Schafer Come to Life on XBLA and PlayStation Network
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Aug 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
The originality, humor and story-telling of award-winning game designer Tim Schafer and creative studio Double Fine comes to Xbox LIVE(R) Arcade for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation(R)Network as THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced Costume Quest, slated for release this fall, and a third-person adventure digital game scheduled to be released in early 2011.
"We are delighted to work with the creative genius of Tim Schafer and the entire Double Fine studio," said Martin Good, Executive Vice President, THQ Kids, Family, Casual Games, and Global Online Services. "Delivering high-quality content across a variety of digital distribution platforms is an important growth initiative for us, and we are pleased to do so with two titles whose potential appeal could encompass both hardcore and casual players."
Tim Schafer, founder & CEO of Double Fine added, "We wanted to make a big impression with these, our first downloadable games ever. So we are coming out swinging with two great adventures from two of the most creative minds in the company."
About Costume Quest
Costume Quest is a rollicking Adventure/Role-Playing game that unfolds on Halloween night across seemingly peaceful suburban neighborhoods, a mysterious village carnival, and a monster-infested shopping mall. Created by Double Fine's lead animator, Tasha Harris, the game follows the adventure of a group of young friends who must rid their neighborhood of monsters using only their wits, their bravery, and their home-made costumes. Players go door-to-door collecting candy, points, cards, battle stamps and quest assignments as they prepare themselves for Combat Mode--where they transform into larger-than-life versions of their costumes. Each costume that comes-to-life provides its own unique set of superpowers that players will need to battle Halloween's worst monsters.
About Double Fine Productions
Double Fine Productions (http://www.doublefine.com) is an award-winning, independent game development studio founded in 2000 by games industry veteran Tim Schafer, creator of such gaming classics as Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and Day of the Tentacle. Located in San Francisco's South of Market district, Double Fine specializes in high-quality games with an emphasis on originality, story, characters, and fun. Its first release, the critically-acclaimed Psychonauts, won multiple awards, including "Best Action / Adventure Game" from OXM, and a BAFTA for its screenplay. Double Fine's heavy metal epic Brütal Legend won "Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year" from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. In 2006, Double Fine itself was awarded the title of "Best New Studio" at the Developers' Choice Awards.
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