E3 10: THQ officially announces high-def, 3D de Blob 2

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We all heard about it and knew it was coming, but now it is official! Just this morning — a day before the show floor at E3 opens — THQ announced the Spring 2011 release of de Blob 2: The Underground for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Woo hoo!

As a huge fan of the first game I was very excited about this news, but surprised by a couple things. First, and most obviously, the series is no more a Wii exclusive. With the announcement of release on the 360 and PS3, de Blob 2 is officially going high-definition! Also, 3D! Yup, THQ also included the news the de Blob sequel would be in 3D!

I am still not sure I fully support this crazy, knee-jerk 3D movement, but if anything is going to get that extra “D”, it might as well be giant colored globs of goo.

And, yeah, that sounded really gross reading it back.

Full press release after the jump.

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THQ Sparks the Next Color Revolution with the Announcement of de Blob(R) 2: The Underground(TM)
Highly Anticipated Sequel to Debut in High Definition and 3D, Features Creative New Gameplay, Activities, and Characters

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Jun 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that de Blob(R) 2: The Underground(TM), the sequel to the award-winning 2008 sensation, will debut on high definition consoles and in 3D for the first time ever in Spring 2011 and is set to deliver a fun-filled, creative gameplay experience for players of all ages. de Blob 2: The Underground features new moves, more friends, free-form painting activities, and is currently in development for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system, Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM).

“We are thrilled to expand the world of de Blob into high definition and 3D gaming with an entertaining and immersive experience that brings back the adventures of the fun-loving, free-spirited hero,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “In addition to the release of de Blob 2: The Underground, THQ will extend the reach of its most colorful owned intellectual property with an upcoming Syfy partnership and de Blob-branded consumer products.”

About de Blob 2: The Underground

In de Blob 2: The Underground for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, Comrade Black is back and so is his war on color. Disguised as Papa Blanc, Comrade Black rigs the city’s election in order to win and take control of Prisma City with his brainwashing new cult. That is, until de Blob bounces back in full color-spreading force with his revolution to restore color and life back to the city and its residents. In the colorful sequel, de Blob will paint his way through the enormous and pollution-filled Prisma City accompanied by a fantastic new interactive soundtrack and an arsenal of new tricks to confound his enemies. Joining de Blob will be a new robot sidekick, named Pinky, who will help him blast enemies, disable traps, and negotiate the challenging levels of Prisma City. The game will also present players with new side quests, which allow players to upgrade de Blob’s abilities. de Blob 2: The Underground will feature an in-depth single-player campaign with all-new power-ups and challenges, as well as multiplayer modes that support co-operative and competitive play.

In de Blob 2: The Underground for Nintendo DS, the war for Chroma City is over and Comrade Black and his forces are long gone. Peace has been restored and de Blob has returned to lazy days basking in the jungle sun. Meanwhile, in an underground facility deep in the jungle, Dr. Von Blot has been continuing his research on a new type of Mutated Ink. Unaware of Comrade Black’s demise, Dr. Von Blot has been studiously carrying out his experiments on unsuspecting creatures. de Blob goes for a bounce around the jungle one day when he mistakenly stumbles across the underground facility and Dr. Von Blot captures his final test subject. In the game, players will take de Blob through areas of 2D side-scrolling gameplay that will introduce a variety of new moves for the humorous and mischievous hero, such as Wall Jumps, Slingshots and a Sticky Mode for performing gravity-defying moves and smashing through enemies. The game will also introduce new friends and enemies and will immerse players in a rich, story-driven environment.

For more information on this game and other THQ titles, please visit www.thq.com.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) 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, de Blob, de Blob 2: The Underground and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, the Xbox logos, and the Xbox Live logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “THQ”), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the de Blob 2: The Underground video game, and are based upon management’s current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ’s financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2010, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.


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