THQ & JAKKS Pacific issued the following press release today:
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. –(Business Wire)– THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) today announced additional details surrounding WWE(R) Legends of WrestleMania(R), the new World Wrestling Entertainment(R) videogame property currently in development for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system. Poised to deliver an impressive lineup of Legendary Superstars and Managers, a new combo fighting system and a historically accurate representation of WWE telecasts during the Eighties and Nineties, WWE Legends of WrestleMania is scheduled for release in March 2009 to coincide with WrestleMania 25 in Houston, Texas, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, April 5, 2009.
“WWE fans are extremely supportive of our leading fighting videogame franchise, WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R), and they have wanted a Legends-based game for quite some time,” said Tracy Williams, director, global brand management, THQ. “WWE Legends of WrestleMania has the right combination of talent, gameplay and presentation elements to extend the sports entertainment videogame experience and enable gamers to relive, rewrite or redefine classic moments etched in WWE’s history books.”
“WWE Legends of WrestleMania has a tremendous amount of potential with game enthusiasts, casual players and WWE fans of yesterday and today,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “The impressive talent and managerial roster, classic visual elements and key gameplay features like WrestleMania Tour Mode will encourage players to revisit classic matches, create new history and secure their rightful spots in the WWE Hall of Fame.”
WWE Legends of WrestleMania will embrace the leading sports entertainment organization’s rich history to relive, rewrite or recreate the definitive elements of WWE from the Eighties and Nineties. Players will relive the entertaining lives of more than 40 larger-than-life Legends and have control over Legendary Managers, each of whom will play crucial roles in match outcomes. The game’s new grapple-based fighting system will capture the high-energy action and drama seen in vintage WWE matches, while a historically accurate representation of past WWE telecasts will set the stage, including dynamic visual treatments, signature ring entrances, renowned commentators and notable venues. WWE Legends of WrestleMania will also include a WrestleMania Tour Mode that allows players to participate in key matches from multiple WrestleMania events, a Create-A-Legend system to develop the Legends of tomorrow, as well as online functionality for players to compete on the biggest stages in WWE history.
More information about WWE Legends of WrestleMania can be found at www.legendsofwrestlemania.com, www.THQatE3.com and www.thq.com.
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