THQ is Also Gearing Up Xbox 360(TM) Video and Game Entertainment System From
Microsoft and Nintendo's Wii Versions for Release This Fall
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Leading independent
publisher THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced the release of the "Cars"
video game, based upon the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar film, for the
PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video and game
entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Game Boy(R)
Advance, Nintendo DS(TM), PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) system, Windows PC
and Mac, at retail outlets nationwide. The game will also be available
worldwide in 18 languages, and in more than 40 countries including China,
Thailand, Japan, Russia and Poland. Also this fall, the "Cars" video game is
expected to release for Xbox 360(TM) next generation video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo Wii.
"As a leading publisher of video games for all ages, THQ is excited to
bring 'Cars' to every major gaming platform, including the next generation
game systems," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president, worldwide
publishing, THQ. "Disney and Pixar have a legacy of creating blockbuster
animated motion pictures with classics such as 'The Incredibles', 'Finding
Nemo' and 'Monsters Inc.' THQ's video game adaptations of each of these
properties have been top-performers at retail, including games based on 'The
Incredibles' film, which shipped more than 7-million units worldwide, and
'Finding Nemo', which shipped more than 8-million units worldwide."
"Combining the creative minds at Pixar Animation Studios and the game
development talents at THQ helped to translate 'Cars' into one of this year's
most exciting video games for fans of all ages," said "Cars" story artist, Dan
Scanlon. "Fans of both the movie and the video games will interact and
explore the world of Radiator Springs and the Piston Cup races as we
"Disney/Pixar video game properties have experienced tremendous success on
a variety of game platforms over the years, and we will continue the brand's
tradition of offering high-quality family entertainment to game players
worldwide," said Graham Hopper, SVP and General Manager of Disney's Buena
Vista Games. "We're proud of our ongoing relationship with the team at THQ to
bring these exciting games to life."
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
The "Cars" video game was developed within THQ's Studio System, which
includes 14 owned studios and more than 25 of the best independent development
teams. THQ's critically-acclaimed video game developer, Rainbow Studios
developed the PlayStation(R)2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube versions. THQ's
Locomotive Games, Inc. developed the PSP version, while THQ's Helixe studio
developed the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions.
About the "Cars" Movie
"Cars," the seventh animated feature film to be created by Pixar Animation
Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, is directed by Pixar's two-time
Academy Award(R)-winner John Lasseter, who directed "Toy Story", "A Bug's
Life", and "Toy Story 2." Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), a hotshot rookie
racecar who is driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey,
not the destination. En route across the country to the big Piston Cup
Championship in California, McQueen gets waylaid in the sleepy town of
Radiator Springs. While sidetracked in the town, McQueen gets to know its
offbeat characters -- including Doc Hudson (a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a
mysterious past, voiced by Paul Newman), Sally (a snazzy 2002 Porche, voiced
by Bonnie Hunt), and Mater (a rusty, but trusty, tow truck, voiced by Larry
the Cable Guy) who help him realize there are more important things than
trophies, fame and sponsorship.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create
original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created six
of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: "Toy Story,''
"A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "The
Incredibles." Pixar has won 20 Academy Awards(R) and its six films have
grossed more than $3.2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The
Northern California studio's next two film releases are Cars (June 9, 2006)
and Ratatouille (summer 2007).
About Buena Vista Games
Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The
Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) (http://www.bvg.com). The division publishes,
markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and
interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and
works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products
for all ages to market.
THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of
interactive entertainment software. The company develops 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
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of THQ Inc.
"PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are
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Xbox, Xbox 360 and the Xbox logos are either registered trademarks or
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