CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., February 1, 2005 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced a follow-up to the hit videogame based on a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animations Studios film, The Incredibles. The follow-up to The Incredibles is scheduled to release this fall on the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and PSP handheld entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DSä videogame systems, and PC/Mac.
THQ continues to enjoy enormous success with The Incredibles, which launched in conjunction with the theatrical release this past November. Shipments of the game domestically have exceeded 2.5 million units and it finished 2004 as the overall best-selling new property of the year in the U.S., according to The NPD Group.
"Our ability to work with Disney and Pixar in creating this all new videogame based on the extremely popular Incredibles property demonstrates the depth of THQ's relationship with the talented teams at Disney and Pixar," said Jack Sorensen, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Studios, THQ. "This next installment in the videogame series will give millions of fans worldwide the opportunity to interact with Mr. Incredible and many other beloved Incredibles characters in a brand new adventure this fall."
"The first game based on The Incredibles truly represented the high action vision Director Brad Bird had for the film," said Pixar Animation Studios John Walker, producer of The Incredibles. "This new game will encompass all the thrills and intensity of the first while taking players and our favorite superheroes to an entirely new dimension of The Incredibles world."
"After the amazing success of The Incredibles film and videogames, we look forward to BVG, Pixar and THQ joining forces once again to bring fans another chapter in this action-packed franchise," said Graham Hopper, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG).
THQ's Heavy Iron Studios will develop the next console versions of The Incredibles and the company's Nintendo handheld studio Helixe, will develop the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions. THQ's PSP exclusive studio, Pacific Coast Power & Light, will develop the PSP version of the game.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created six of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Pixar has won 16 Academy AwardsŌ and its six films have grossed more than $3.2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern California studio will release its next film, Cars, on June 9, 2006.
About Disney Interactive
Disney Interactive is the award-winning publishing label of Buena Vista Games, Inc. The label produces high quality interactive video games and CD-ROMs. Buena Vista Games, Inc. is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products business unit. For more information on Disney Interactive's products, visit www.disneyinteractive.com .
About The NPD Group
The NPD Group is an independent leading market information provider, which evaluates companies in a wide range of industries. Since 1967, NPD has supplied reliable and comprehensive sales and marketing information in order to help more than 1,300 manufacturers and retailers better understand their customers, product categories, distribution channels and competition in order to help guide their business and positively impact sales and revenues.
THQ Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ web site is located at www.thq.com. THQ, Heavy Iron, Helixe, Pacific Coast Power & Light and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.