NEWS - Monday, May 20, 2002

THQ Announces E3 Lineup

THQ Announces An Impressive E3 Lineup THQ Inc. is set to debut its 2002 product line up, its strongest and most diverse to date, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles May 22-24, 2002. The company will unveil games in all genres across multiple platforms for every type of video game fan. From original content like "Red Faction II," "Alter Echo" and "Tak and The Power of JuJu," to the most expansive mass-market kids product portfolio in the industry, featuring favorite television, music and motion picture characters like "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Scooby-Doo!," "World Wrestling Entertainment" and "Britney Spears," THQ has something for everyone. All viable game platforms will be represented in the THQ booth (Petree Hall #4001), including the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance, and PC/Mac. In addition, THQ Wireless will demonstrate several new games on the latest mobile devices. "This year marks the beginning of the broad, mass-market adoption of PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo’s GameCube and Game Boy Advance, with more than 35 million of these systems projected to be in U.S. households by holiday," said Brian Farrell, president and CEO of THQ. "THQ has been building its portfolio of brands with broad consumer appeal for the past five years in order to take best advantage of the explosive growth of these hardware systems in the marketplace. Our games target every segment of the market with original titles like `Red Faction II,’ `Alter Echo’ and `Summoner(R) 2,’ as well as compelling licensed products such as `Britney’s Dance Beat,’ `Tetris’ and games based on popular Nickelodeon, Mattel and Disney properties." THQ’s E3 2002 Line Up "Alter Echo" -- "Alter Echo" features innovative action gameplay and a groundbreaking visual style based on pioneering technology. In "Alter Echo," players assume the role of Nevin, a reluctant hero with the ability to alter time and morph his PolySuit between three unique combat forms. TimeDilation technology allows players to manipulate time, freezing the action in order to cue up a series of moves and attacks to unleash with an unstoppable flurry. Developed by THQ’s Outrage Games, "Alter Echo" will be available for PlayStation 2 and Xbox early in 2003. "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick" -- Developed with the full support of creators Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell, "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick" allows players to assume the role of Ash, the chainsaw-armed hero from the "Evil Dead" movie trilogy. Players will fend off hordes of Deadites with several weapons including the shovel, gatling gun, shotgun and chainsaw. "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick" mixes the comedy and fun of a campy horror movie with intense combat missions on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox early next year. "MotoGP" -- "MotoGP" is the world’s fastest, most advanced form of motorcycle racing. With races taking place on all five continents and an average of 329 million television viewers per event, "MotoGP" features all of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers including Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. "MotoGP" is available now on the Xbox and Game Boy Advance. "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" -- The next installment of THQ’s MX series is the most complete motocross game to date. Along with the return of eight-time National Champion Ricky Carmichael and other pro riders, this year’s edition boasts an enhanced freestyle mode, a robust racing mode and wide-open worlds for gamers to explore. Developed by THQ’s Pacific Coast Power & Light Co. studio, "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" will be available for GameCube and PlayStation 2 this summer followed by an Xbox release in winter. "Tetris Worlds" -- The latest rendition of one of the most popular video game franchises ever created, "Tetris Worlds" places the player in a universe where "Tetris" is played in different ways on seven different planets. Players can test their skills in classic versions of "Tetris," or the latest cutting-edge variations, such as "Hot-Line Tetris," "Cascade Tetris" and "Fusion Tetris." The multi-player game lets up to four players see who can clear levels the fastest. The franchise continues on the GameCube and Xbox this fall. "Toxic Grind" -- This first mission-based BMX game with a storyline will enthrall gamers as they attempt to ride for their lives in a game show of death. Traverse through dynamic, hazard-filled environments while completing objectives such as saving prisoners and destroying helicopters. "Toxic Grind" will be available for Xbox in the second half of 2002, and the GameCube version will be released in early 2003. "WWE Raw 2" -- Prepare for stunning graphics and insane action as "WWE Raw" returns to Xbox in the first half of 2003 with an all-new season mode, more Superstars, improved gameplay and more matches that make "WWE Raw 2" the definitive video gaming experience for Xbox. "WWE Crush Hour" -- The spectacle of World Wrestling Entertainment meets the white-knuckle action of car combat! That’s what "WWE Crush Hour" is all about. Choose from more than 20 personalized Superstar vehicles and compete in multiple match types as players annihilate opponents with various weapons customized for each vehicle. "WWE Crush Hour" will be available the first half of 2003 for PlayStation 2 GameCube and Xbox.


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