Simulation-Based Cornerstone of the Company's WWE Videogame
Portfolio Set to Deliver Destiny-Defining Moments, Best-in-Class
Creation Tools and Ultimate Virtual Control of WWE
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Aug 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced new gameplay details surrounding WWE(R)
SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R)
2011, the renowned simulation-based experience in the company's World
Wrestling Entertainment(R) videogame portfolio. WWE
SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will return to action with destiny-defining
moments, best-in-class creation tools and the ability for players to
have ultimate virtual control of WWE. The gameis currently in
development for 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 and the Wii(TM) system
from Nintendo, with a scheduled release date of October 26, 2010.
"WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 is on track to deliver the most
incredible WWE simulation experience to date in our storied franchise,"
said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "This
year's game will offer players a variety of intuitive new gameplay
features, impactful upgrades, industry-leading creation and
customization tools, as well as unparalleled freedom to experience their
own virtual WWE moments in line with those seen weekly in WWE."
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011
Having shipped more than 50 million units worldwide, the renowned WWE
simulation experience and annual centerpiece in THQ's expanding WWE
videogame portfolio returns to define players' ultimate WWE moments and
give players even greater creative and decision-making freedom
throughout their storied journeys within WWE.
SmackDown vs. Raw 2011will empower players more than
ever to define their gameplay experiences in a dynamic and ever-changing
WWE. In WWE Universe Mode, a new addition to the franchise,
gameplay scenarios will change based on player decisions, allowing for
new rivalries, alliances, championship matches and more spontaneous WWE
action in and out of the ring. Additionally, the popular, story-driven Road
to WrestleMania(R) mode will return with significant
updates and new storylines, including the ability to freely roam through
locker room areas, select opponents, break into impromptu matches and
fulfill destinies based on player choices.
A hallmark of the franchise, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will
deliver its largest offering to date of best-in-class creation and
customization features. Players will have more creative tools than ever
to customize their created Superstars, finishing moves, story designs,
paint tool creations and more. Searching and sharing content will be
greatly simplified through improvements to the highly regarded WWE
Community Creations feature, which generated nearly 10 million downloads
in its franchise debut.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will also boast one of the largest
rosters in franchise history with more than 70 of today's prominent WWE
Superstars and WWE Divas. Each in-game model will feature new skin
textures and movement technology, delivering the most authentic looking
and moving WWE Superstars and WWE Divas ever seen in a WWE videogame. In
addition, players will round out their virtual WWE experience with more
than 100 match types, including Tables, Ladders & Chairs (TLC), Hell in
a Cell and Money in the Bank, as well as an extensive number of new
playable arenas. A brand new physics system will ensure all matches and
object interactions look and feel unique, dynamic and unpredictable to
capture the full essence and authenticity of WWE.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will also boast the franchise's
largest online feature set to date, including a robust downloadable
content (DLC) plan slated to include playable WWE Superstars, WWE Divas,
alternate ring gear and new arenas. Online access and the game's first
DLC package, which is scheduled to include WWE Superstar Chris Masters(R)
(playable character), WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio(R) ("Dia de
los Muertos" Halloween-themed attire) and WWE Diva Kelly Kelly(R)
("Devil" Halloween-themed attire), will be free of charge with the
videogame through a back of manual code for first-time purchasers.
Second-time buyers can also purchase the content via Xbox LIVE(R)
Marketplace for Xbox 360 at an anticipated cost of 800 Microsoft Points,
as well as on PlayStation(R)Network for an anticipated cost of
$9.99. Additional DLC packages, as well as their suggested price points,
will be revealed later this year.
For more information on WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, please visit wwe.thq.com,
About World Wrestling Entertainment,
Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE:
WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in
global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses
that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global
audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly, PG
content across all of its platforms including television
programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming
is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches
more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in
Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London,
Shanghai, Tokyo and Toronto. Additional information on World Wrestling
Entertainment, Inc.(NYSE: WWE) can be found at corporate.wwe.com.
For information on global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.
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