THQ's de Blob™ to Spread Vibrance and Color on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ in Early 2008
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.---THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced de Blob, currently in development exclusively for the Wii and Nintendo DS, is scheduled to spread color and fun to gamers worldwide in February 2008. Developed for the Wii by THQ's Australia-based studio, Blue Tongue Entertainment, and Nintendo DS by THQ's Helixe studio, de Blob's innovative style features ground and aerial maneuvers and color-spray gameplay that take full advantage of the Wii Remote and DS Stylus. Players will take on the form of de Blob in a bouncing battle to explore, liberate and revitalize Chroma City, which has been drained of all color and life by the evil I.N.K.T. Corporation.
"In the spirit of some of Nintendo's most innovative properties, de Blob's simple game mechanic will be fun and easy for core and casual gamers to learn and reveal unbelievably addicting levels of depth and complexity as they progress through the game," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing, THQ. "We look forward to unveiling de Blob at next week's E3 press event."
"With de Blob's innovative control scheme, a swing of the Wii Remote or flick of the DS Stylus sends de Blob ricocheting and swinging through the city with splashes of color in his wake," said Steve Dauterman, senior vice president of product development. "Gamers will be able to liberate the lifeless city of Chroma and create a collaboration of energy, music and color that is a reflection of each player's gaming style."
About de Blob
de Blob is an action puzzle title that allows players to explore and liberate an alien city from the evil, monochromatic I.N.K.T. Corporation that has taken over the city and outlawed all color and fun from daily life. Playing as de Blob, gamers will embark on a quest to re-animate the city of Chroma, and bring spunk and character back to the oppressed, by splattering buildings, landmarks, and citizens with color. de Blob features an intricate single player campaign as well as a multiplayer experience that supports up to four competitors via split screen. The game was conceived for the Windows PC by a team of nine students studying Game Design & Development at Utrecht University's School of the Arts in the Netherlands. At the time of conception, sections of Utrecht were being rebuilt and the principal task in creating the game was to convey how the railroad station area of Utrecht would look in 10 years. The city of Utrecht has since adopted the character of de Blob to be its mascot.
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