THQ Revs Up the Racing Experience with Disney•Pixar’s Cars Race-O-Rama|
Latest Installment in Top-Selling Kids Video Game Franchise to Feature Never-Before-Seen Characters, Special Racing Kits and New Tracks
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Jun 01, 2009 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced plans to bring a new video game based on Disney Pixar’s highly successful Cars film, Cars Race-O-Rama, to all major systems worldwide beginning in fall 2009.
Cars Race-O-Rama is currently in development across six game systems, including Wii™ video game system, Nintendo DS™, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Cars Race-O-Rama will mark the third installment in THQ’s highly successful Cars video game franchise, which has shipped more than 13 million units worldwide to date. In addition, the game will be showcased at the upcoming E3 Expo 2009 being held in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
In Cars Race-O-Rama, players will join Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks in Radiator Springs as they prepare their academy of student racers to compete in the Race-O-Rama Exhibition. Players will encounter 12 new playable characters making their video game debut.
A new and improved Lightning McQueen will come fully equipped with special racing kits, allowing him to better maneuver brand new, action-packed tracks that will take players to metro city streets, the Baja desert and sandy beaches. In addition, players are now able to modify Lightning McQueen’s wheels, rims, hood, side skirt, rear bumper, spoiler and paint with special customization features, giving Lightning a personalized style and look that has never been seen before.
As players compete in this high-speed, racing adventure game, they will be able to utilize Lightning McQueen’s newly designed drifting abilities and perform “Kachow” poses for enthusiastic reporters and fans encountered throughout the game. Cars Race-O-Rama will also feature multiplayer mini-games based on Disney Pixar’s “Cars Toons,” a series of animated shorts that are currently being aired on the Disney Channel.
For more information on the Cars Race-O-Rama video game, please visit www.carsvideogame.com. Information on the rest of THQ’s line-up of family-friendly titles can be found on www.playthq.com.
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About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative, and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille and most recently, WALL•E. The Northern California studio has won 22 Academy Awards® and its eight films have grossed more than $4.8 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is “Up” (May 29, 2009).
About Disney Interactive Studios
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