AGOURA HILLS, Calif., May 17, 2006 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that the first multiplayer map-pack, "Collateral Damage," for The Outfit is now available on Xbox Live® Marketplace, adding explosive new content to the game's intense multiplayer experience. The WWII squad-based action title, from THQ's internal studio Relic Entertainment, was the first to offer a pre-launch multiplayer demo for the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and continues to utilize the full potential of Xbox Live® online gaming network with the release of three all-new maps for The Outfit. The map pack is currently available for download for 500 Microsoft Points and The Outfit is available at retail outlets nationwide for the suggested retail price of $59.99.
"The Outfit set the standard for next-generation online gaming with the first-ever pre-launch Xbox 360 multiplayer demo and continues to raise the bar with a set of three all-new maps available for download on Xbox Live," said Brad Carraway, director, global brand management, THQ. "The game's innovative blend of explosive action and tactical strategy along with its unique Destruction on Demand TM feature provides gamers with a never-before-seen take on multiplayer game-play. Fans can now extend the online experience with a quick, easy download."
About The Outfit Map Pack
The Outfit's critically acclaimed multiplayer action gets even more intense with the addition of three all-new maps now available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace. The Collateral Damage Map Pack will include the Luftwaffe Finale, Bleak Mile and Eagle's Nest maps, which all build on the fast-paced, explosive online game-play. With interactive and fully destructible environments, players have the freedom to shoot, blow up or demolish anything in their path. As players complete mission objectives and secure strategic points, they'll gain field units (FUs) that can be used to order "Destruction on Demand" - air-dropped into the action at any time. Items available for purchase include tanks, half-tracks and other combat vehicles, machinegun nests and anti-tank emplacements, squad reinforcements, air strikes and artillery strikes. The multiplayer modes in The Outfit pit the Allies against the Axis, with three playable Axis leaders in addition to the three Allied heroes. With 720p HD, 16:9 Widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound - The Outfit takes full advantage of Xbox 360's High Definition gaming experience.
About Relic Entertainment
Founded in 1997 and acquired by THQ in 2004, Relic Entertainment is a leader in the development of innovative real-time strategy games for the PC. Relic's first title, "Homeworld" (1999), was received to widespread acclaim, garnering several "Game of the Year" and "Strategy Game of the Year" awards from major industry publications including PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Since then, Relic has released "Homeworld: Cataclysm" (2000, co-developed with Barking Dog Studios), "Impossible Creatures" (2003), and "Homeworld 2" (2003). The studio's most recent release, "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War" (2004), won numerous accolades including "Strategy Game of the Year" from Computer Gaming World. Today, Relic is building on this legacy by developing multiple groundbreaking Windows PC and next-gen console projects in the RTS and action genres including "Company of Heroes", and "The Outfit".
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 is a top producer of original intellectual properties including titles such as The Outfit, Destroy All Humans!TM, JuicedTM, and The Outfit as well as the upcoming Saints RowTM, Titan QuestTM and Company of HeroesTM. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, Relic Entertainment, The Outfit, Destruction on Demand, Company of Heroes, Destroy All Humans!, Juiced, Saints Row, Titan Quest and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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