THQ SET TO ENTER VIRTUAL OCTAGON™ THIS FALL WITH
UFC® Undisputed™ 2010 FOR THE PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE) SYSTEM
Multimillion Unit-Selling Sports Franchise Returns to Deliver
Authentic and Engaging Mixed Martial Arts Experience in a Handheld Format
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - August 5, 2010 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced the renowned sports videogame franchise, UFC® Undisputed™, will return to the virtual Octagon™ this fall with UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Currently in development and scheduled for release on September 7, 2010, UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP system is poised to deliver all the action, intensity and prestige of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® with intelligent and intuitive combat, fighter customization, robust career progression, challenging gameplay modes and explosive ad-hoc wireless play.
“UFC Undisputed 2010 raised the bar for sports games earlier this year with an impressive feature set and unbeatable gameplay experience on high-definition console gaming platforms,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “We believe this franchise has the ability to flourish in a handheld format and look forward to delivering the game this fall for the PSP system.”
“The UFC Undisputed franchise has made an incredible impression on videogame and fight fans around the world over the past two years,” said Dana White, President, UFC. “UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP system will, without question, be a must-purchase for anyone who wants to experience the action, authenticity and intensity of the UFC inside the virtual Octagon in a format they can take with them anywhere.”
About UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP System
In UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP system, players will navigate an unparalleled roster of more than 100 prolific UFC fighters, each fully rendered to convey a photorealistic appearance. Enhanced combat will lend significant authenticity, as players manage Octagon control with a variety of strikes, submissions, transitions, cage positions and more. In addition, players will enjoy customizable freedom with created fighters by combining move sets from numerous MMA disciplines to become true mixed martial artists. In Career Mode, players will compete to become the next UFC champion, where player actions, choices and proficiency directly impact career progression, while an Ad-Hoc Mode will encourage camaraderie by creating and searching for matches against other PSP system players in an ad-hoc wireless environment. UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP system will also feature Ultimate Fights Mode, featuring more than 30 minutes of UFC footage, as well as Title Mode, Title Defense Mode and Tournament Mode for the ultimate virtual Octagon experience. UFC Undisputed 2010 for the PSP system is scheduled for release on September 7, 2010. For more information, please visit community.ufcundisputed.com.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually and 30 live arena events around the world. UFC programming is distributed in the United States on Viacom, Inc.’s Spike TV and on Comcast, Inc.’s Versus network. UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 130 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching 430 million homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. Ancillary businesses now include UFC.com with over five million unique visitors per month, the best-selling UFC Undisputed videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC Gym™, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo™ festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs and a U.S. bimonthly magazine.
About THQ Inc.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its 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. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa®, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, registered service marks, trademarks, trade dress and/or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and licensed to its affiliated entities and other licensees in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC, its affiliates or other respective owners.
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