Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom - June 27th, 2005 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), worldwide computer and video game publisher, today announced the results of an out-of-this-world survey, dramatically revealing that 73 percent of respondents in the UK believe in the existence of extra terrestrial life and almost half believe they have already visited Earth.
The survey went on to reveal that a staggering 39 percent of respondents know someone who claims to have seen a UFO or alien and 14 percent actually know someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens. That's a lot of experimental probing.
More worryingly, nearly 80 percent of over 24 year olds think the British government is actively covering up the existence of aliens and 18 percent believe that aliens are already masquerading as celebrities and politicians. That explains the David Blaine 'evil eye' incident on GMTV then.
The survey, hosted online at www.thq.co.uk was conducted ahead of the June 24th release of Destroy All Humans!TM, available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, offering players the chance to invade Earth from the perspective of the aliens.
Featuring popular B-movie film references, sci-fi inspiration and extracts from Plan 9 From Outer Space, Destroy All Humans! uses destructive weapons and mental powers - as well as mental weapons and destructive powers - to take on the most feared enemy in the galaxy, Mankind, and turn the tables on the classic alien vs. human storyline.
Players assume the role of the wise cracking, big-headed and grey-skinned Cryptosporidian 137, an alien warrior sent to Earth and tasked with clearing the way for the full might of the Furon invasion force. Crypto's full mission is to infiltrate humanity, control them, harvest their brain stems and eventually exterminate them for all eternity.
Whilst Destroy All Humans! offers gamers the chance to wipe out the human race, reassuringly, the survey revealed that 55 percent of respondents believed that aliens would actually be friendly.
Destroy All Humans! is available on 24th June for Sony PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft from THQ, priced £39.99. For more information, check out www.destroyallhumansgame.com.
About Destroy All Humans!:
The plot for world domination by extraterrestrial life begins as developer Pandemic Studios transforms conventional expectations of playing the human defending against an alien invasion to allow them to act as the alien hell bent on infiltrating and taking over all of humanity. Packed with non-stop action, advanced alien weaponry and abilities, and humorous science-fiction mythology, Destroy All Humans! uncovers an open ended world where the player can unleash massive destruction from a UFO or land at any point to walk among humans as the 3rd person alien. Destroy All Humans! is scheduled to release for Xbox and PlayStation 2 on June 21, 2005.
About Pandemic Studios:
Pandemic Studios, LLC is a premier developer of entertainment for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCubeTM, and Windows PC. Over the last seven years, industry veterans Josh Resnick and Andrew Goldman have built the company into one of the largest independent developers in the world, with studios in Los Angeles, California and in Brisbane, Australia. Pandemic games have won numerous awards and have sold millions of copies worldwide. More information about Pandemic is available at www.pandemicstudios.com.
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 in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.co.uk and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, Destroy All Humans! and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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