May 2nd 2006 - Blitz Games, one of Europe's leading independent videogame developers today announced that is developing SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab video game on PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo GameCube for 2006 with leading publisher THQ.
Philip Oliver, CEO and Managing Director of Blitz Games commented, "We're delighted to extend our working relationship with THQ and Nickelodeon on their most important brand. We are looking forward to producing a very high quality, fun game and Christmas 2006 'Top 10' contender. " Philip went on to say. "This is our first game for the Nintendo Wii which makes it especially exciting for us."
SpongeBob SquarePants videogames have sold almost 17 million units worldwide and regularly appear in the top 10 around the world. The half-dressed, porous, yellow sponge is one of the top 5 leading cartoon characters in the world. The SpongeBob movie recently netted in excess of $135m at the box office worldwide and the TV series continues to pull in an audience of 57.4 million people each month across the globe.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab – SpongeBob explores the peculiar world of Bikini Bottom as it transforms through a series of various unique visual styles. Continuing to reign as a top gaming and TV property, this new game offers fans brand new gameplay mechanics through nine visually bizarre levels. The game will be on show next week in Los Angeles, at E3 – the world's biggest videogame exhibition. www.e3expo.com
Blitz is well known and respected for taking major kids brands to mainstream console players. The development of SpongeBob SquarePants continues this long tradition and specialisation. Key brands it's brought to the consoles are, Barbie, Frogger, Disney's Lilo & Stitch Fairly Odd Parents, Pac-Man and it's imminent release of Bratz: Rock Angels, also with THQ.
About Blitz Games
Blitz Games is based in Leamington Spa and was founded in 1990 by twin brothers Andrew and Philip Oliver and now boasts over 130 staff. The Olivers are responsible for developing over 100 games since the early 1980s and their company has three new titles planned for release in the next year, including Pac-Man World 3 and Bratz: Rock Angelz. Also currently in development is next generation original title Possession. The company continues its huge long-term investment into BlitzWare, its in-house technology, which provides one of the best game development environments of any independent developer.
For more information about THQ and Nickelodeon products, as well as THQ's other video games, please visit www.thq.com or www.nick/videogames.com.
About Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products manages the third largest licensing business in the world and represents such properties as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. The department handles the merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.
Nickelodeon, now in its 27th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 89 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for ten consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B)
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops 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 throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, Blue Tongue Entertainment, THQ Studio Australia and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.