The following press release has been issued by THQ:
THQ Announces Distinguished Lineup of World Wrestling Entertainment(R) Superstars for Front Cover of WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2011
WWE Superstars John Cena(R), Undertaker(R), Randy Orton(R), Big Show(R), The Miz(R) and Sheamus(R) Set to Be Featured on Multiple Front Covers of Upcoming Videogame
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Aug 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!thqi/quotes/nls/thqi (THQI 3.65, +0.31, +9.28%) today announced eight World Wrestling Entertainment(R) Superstars will be featured across multiple front covers of WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2011, the latest edition to the renowned simulation-based cornerstone of the company’s WWE videogame portfolio. WWE Superstars John Cena(R), Big Show(R) and The Miz(R) are slated to appear on the front cover in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India, while WWE Superstars Randy Orton(R), Undertaker(R) and Sheamus(R) will appear on the front cover available throughout Europe. Additional regional covers are expected to be announced later this year. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will mark one of the few times in franchise history that multiple variations of cover artwork will be available around the world.
"John Cena, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Big Show, The Miz and Sheamus are incredibly talented WWE Superstars who took part in some of the biggest moments ever witnessed in WWE," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "We look forward to delivering an unparalleled WWE simulation experience with WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, including best-in-class creative tools and decision-making abilities for players to define their own virtual WWE moments."
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 the ultimate WWE moments and give players even greater creative and decision-making freedom throughout their storied journeys within WWE.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will empower players more than ever to define their gameplay experiences in a dynamic and ever-changing WWE. Along the way, gameplay scenarios will change based on player decisions, allowing for more spontaneous WWE action in and out of the ring. Players will also enjoy a greater level of interactivity and have increased control of their destinies in the game’s popular Road to WrestleMania story-driven mode.
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 WWE Superstars, finishing moves and story designs. In addition, searching and sharing content will be greatly simplified with improvements to the highly regarded WWE Community Creations feature, which generated nearly 10 million downloads, including more than 7.5 million Created WWE Superstars, 500,000 story designs and 500,000 finishing moves 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 videogame. In addition, a new physics system will ensure all matches and object interactions look and feel unique, dynamic and unpredictable to capture the full essence of the WWE experience.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 is 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 Wii(TM) video game system, with a scheduled release date of October 26, 2010. For more information, please visit wwe.thq.com, facebook.com/WWEgames and twitter.com/WWEgames.
About World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company /quotes/comstock/13*!wwe/quotes/nls/wwe (WWE 13.97, -0.16, -1.13%) , 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. /quotes/comstock/13*!wwe/quotes/nls/wwe (WWE 13.97, -0.16, -1.13%) can be found at corporate.wwe.com. For information on global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.
About THQ Inc.
THQ Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!thqi/quotes/nls/thqi (THQI 3.65, +0.31, +9.28%) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its 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. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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