October 24, 2005 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Aspyr today announced an agreement whereby THQ will distribute Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel without a Pulse" in PAL territories. Guaranteed to turn heads, this third-person action game is an original IP by Bungie Studio veterans that uses an updated HaloTM engine to deliver a stirring tale of one man's hunger for love, justice... and brains. The game is expected to be released for the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC from November, 2005.
Under the terms of the agreement, THQ will distribute the title on Xbox in all territories outside North America and Japan and for the PC in all territories outside North America, Japan, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic.
"We're excited to be able to bring this unique and innovative title to PAL territories," stated Ian Curran, senior vice president, THQ (UK) Ltd. "Working with Aspyr gives us a great opportunity to grow our global business and strengthen our position as a leading video game publisher."
"THQ's expertise in managing key brands makes them an excellent partner," said Vip Patel, vice president, Aspyr Europe. "We're confident that their team will do a great job getting Stubbs the Zombie into the hands of eagerly awaiting fans,"
About Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel without a Pulse"
As Stubbs, you can:
- Play as a Zombie and give those unpleasant, violent humans a piece of your mind...by eating theirs.
- Destroy an entire city built with Bungie's Halo Engine.
- Use Zombie Strength to smash down doors and maul a wide variety of citizens and armed defenders.
- Spread Zombie Love by eating the brains of your enemies and adding them to your own personal zombie horde.
- Possess unsuspecting humans and use their weapons against their friends.
- Use Your Body as a Weapon in the deadliest offense ever: explosive gut grenades, zombie sputum, a severed hand that can crawl through tight spaces and possess the living, a head that doubles as an unholy bowling ball, and flatulence beyond the ken of mortal men.
Technical features include an enhanced version of Halo's graphic engine with all new pixel shaders, new screen effects for an appropriately cinematic look and feel, and a new AI system for the most keenly intelligent mindless zombies in the history of video games.
Computer and video game fans can check out www.stubbsthezombie.com for Stubbs the Zombie updates and sign up to get more information as it becomes available.
Aspyr Media, Inc. is a leading entertainment publisher that delivers fun in the form of games, music and DVDs. Founded in 1996, Austin-based Aspyr specializes in delivering to consumers the diverse media content they seek. The company identifies quality entertainment opportunities and leverages them across multiple platforms by tailoring its services to suit the product and consumers interests. Visit Aspyr Media on the web at www.aspyr.com.
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