Sequel to Two-Million-Unit Selling Franchise Set to Blend Street
Racing and Tuning Culture on Next-Generation Systems This Fall
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2007--THQ Inc.
(NASDAQ:THQI) today announced Juiced(TM) 2: Hot Import Nights(TM)
(HIN), the next installment in the highly successful original
franchise from internal studio Juice Games. Featuring unparalleled
vehicle customization, an adrenaline packed drift racing experience
and ultra-realistic "Driver DNA," Juiced 2: HIN is the only game that
allows players to showcase their skills at Hot Import Nights events.
Juiced 2: HIN is expected to make its next-generation debut on the
Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft(R) and
PLAYSTATION(R)3 and will also be available for the PlayStation(R)2
computer entertainment system, the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable)
system, Nintendo DS(TM) and Windows PC this fall.
"THQ studio Juice Games is utilizing its vast racing pedigree and
proprietary technology to deliver groundbreaking new game-play
features in addition to working closely with Hot Import Nights to
accurately capture the tuning and street racing culture," said Bob
Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "We look
forward to bringing this global franchise to next-generation systems
for the first time."
"Juiced 2: HIN introduces a thrilling new drifting component and
lets players personalize their experience both on and offline with
ultra realistic Driver DNA," said Colin Bell, general manager, Juice
Games. "In addition to a ton of exciting new features, we've
significantly expanded the rewarding driving experience, track choice
and customization our fans have come to expect."
"Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights is an amazing extension of the Hot
Import Nights lifestyle experience, bringing the modding, characters
and racing finale to life for gamers and tuning fans worldwide," said
Michael Munar, Executive Producer, APG Events/Hot Import Nights. "This
is the first time a top-tier racing game has blended with a
true-to-life global tuner event and we can't wait for its release."
About Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
Juiced 2: HIN evolves the current street racing scene, letting
players experience the culture of the real-life HIN tour, the nation's
largest lifestyle custom car show in an intense racing experience.
Featuring track and drift racing at real-world locations around the
globe, next-gen AI and unparalleled vehicle customization, Juiced 2:
HIN brings street racing to life, allowing players to test their
skills at live street racing events against a back-drop of DJs,
fashion, models and musicians. Groundbreaking new features include
addictive drift/ powersliding races and "Driver DNA" that tracks
gamers' personal driving traits. These profiles, along with the
profiles of select celebrities will be available for download across
all online gaming systems. Elite racing developer Juice Games has
evolved the game-play that revolutionized online racing, giving
players the power to create their car, assemble their crew and put it
all on the line in intense pink slip and crew races. Gamers will also
be able to bet cash on each event, bringing a gambling element to the
game that greatly increases the importance of each race.
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