THQ announces MotoGP ’07 for Xbox 360

There was a point last year, amidst a dearth of Xbox 360 releases, that I would download every single demo that hit the Xbox Live Marketplace. Among those games, was the demo for THQ’s MotoGP ’06.

It looked gorgeous in screens and I was anxious to see how it would play, particularly because at that point, I’d had enough of Geometry Wars and Hexic to last me a lifetime. As it turned out, MotoGP ’06 was not for me. Sliding into walls around every curve and flinging my rider into the air, it’s not a pretty sight. There’s a reason I don’t and won’t ride a real motorcycle — I’m a wimp.

MotoGP ’07 looks like it will offer me the same, painful experience as last year’s game. But boy, does it look pretty. Again.

Hit the jump for the press release.

THQ Delivering All-Encompassing Next Generation Racing Experience with MotoGP ’07

The Fastest Two Wheel Racing Title Sprints onto XBOX 360 This Fall

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 27, 2007–THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that MotoGP ’07, the next evolution in the definitive motorcycle racing franchise, is expected to ship for the Xbox 360(TM) video game console in fall 2007. The newest installment in the critically acclaimed series features the complete 2007 MotoGP season and an improved “race day” experience that captures the excitement and spectacle of a live MotoGP event. MotoGP ’07 will also add all-new bikes, tracks, and enhanced customization options building on the popular “Extreme” mode that allows players to race on city streets around the world.

“THQ’s MotoGP titles have shipped in excess of 1.5 million units and are critically acclaimed for pushing the limits of realism and console technology,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. “With MotoGP ’07, THQ raises the bar yet again for both core gamers and racing enthusiasts.”

About MotoGP ’07

MotoGP ’07 is the definitive next-generation motorcycle racing title, delivering the most authentic MotoGP racing experience to date. Featuring life-like visuals, complete 2007 rider and team data, new 800cc MotoGP bikes and the newly-announced Misano event, the game’s GP mode will be more robust than ever before. The title will also feature interactive track-side crowds, intense on-line tournament features, on-line “pink-slip” racing, a revamped Extreme mode and significantly more bike and player customization options.

Nick Chester