Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed to Launch on Wii, PlayStation®2 system and PSP® system
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. July 10, 2007 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that two all-new titles in the irreverent sci-fi action gaming franchise Destroy All Humans!® are currently in development and scheduled to ship simultaneously in early 2008. Destroy All Humans!® Path of the Furon follows Crypto on a journey of enlightenment and Hi-Fi destruction as he faces his most dangerous enemy yet and lampoons the pop culture of the Funked Out 1970s. Destroy All Humans!® Big Willy Unleashed will serve as the story prequel to "Path of the Furon", taking advantage of the unique Wii Remote controller and allowing Crypto to unleash massive destruction in an all-new character in the series -Big Willy, a prototype alien mech, masquerading as a fast food restaurant mascot.
"The Destroy All Humans! franchise has consistently delivered a unique combination of fun and original gameplay delivering irreverent humor and over the top destruction that has garnered worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "The simultaneous release of two all-new Destroy All Humans! titles means gamers can expect different experiences that utilize the unique technology of the leading gaming platforms."
"Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon will take advantage of the powerful Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, offering high-definition graphics, expanded open-world gameplay and a humorous story following Crypto on his journey of enlightenment and destruction," said Jack Sorenson, executive vice president of worldwide studios, THQ. "The Wii's capabilities served as a springboard in designing Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed, and the game will take full advantage of the Wii Remote, allowing gamers to cause massive destruction on foot, in Crypto's UFO or at the controls of the Big Willy mech."
About Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
Destroy All Humans!® Path of the Furon redefines the brand's irreverent Sci-Fi action gaming experience for the next-generation Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION 3 system with new weapons and mental abilities, high-fidelity destruction and expanded open-world gameplay. In Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon, players will pick up where prequel Destroy All Humans!® Big Willy Unleashed leaves off, controlling Crypto in the Funked Out 1970's when a mysterious new enemy attacks, launching a conspiracy that unravels Crypto's groovy new way of life and threatens the very survival of his Furon race. Developed by THQ's newly formed internal development studio Sandblast Games, Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon takes players on a journey of Enlightenment and Destruction to help Crypto gain new powers from an alien Kung Fu Master in order to take on his most difficult enemy yet.
About Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed
Designed from the ground up for the Wii home video game system, Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed fully utilizes the Wii Remote to deliver an all-new sci-fi action gaming experience. As the storyline prequel to Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon, players control Crypto as he travels the world in the Funked Out 1970's, unleashing massive destruction on foot, in his UFO and for the first time, in the Big Willy mech. Designed by THQ's internal development studio Locomotive Games, Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed will also be available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
More information on both titles will be available at the E3 Media and Business Summit in Los Angeles from July 11-13, 2007 in Santa Monica, CA.
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