Woking, Surrey UK – Nov. 12, 2004 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that Hot WheelsTM Stunt Track ChallengeTM is now available for the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÃ‚Â® videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo's Game BoyÃ‚Â® Advance and PC at retail outlets across the UK. The title features extreme game show-style stunt challenges and sizzling fast racing action. The PlayStation 2 version also includes an online component, allowing eight players to race head-to-head via a PlayStation 2 online account.
"We're excited about the 'Fear Factor'-style gameplay of Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge," said Jack Sorenson, executive vice president, worldwide studios, THQ. "This new reality show environment really enhances the traditional Hot Wheels racing action. While still packed with competitive speed challenges, Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge will also require players to complete unique and shocking stunts to impress the audience and stay on the show."
In the Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge videogames, players are thrust into competition on a hot new extreme game show – on which they must complete perilous stunts and win intense races. The goal is to beat opponents and impress the audience with fearless manoeuvres, in order to advance into other 'episodes' and win better cars. At the end of the season, the driver with the most courage and best stunt skills will cruise away in a gold-plated car as the Hot Wheels Champion.
Players will choose from 30 authentic Hot WheelsÃ‚Â® cars to compete in 24 stunt challenges on 12 different tracks set in environments such as Buccaneer Bay, Jurassic Jam, Zero Gravity Zone, Tiki Island, Spider Alley and Lava Land. Before each race, players can enter the garage to customize their cars with unique colours, wheels and decals. The PlayStation 2 version allows for eight-player racing action with a PlayStation 2 online account.
For more information about Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge and the rest of THQ's lineup, please visit www.thq.co.uk.
About Hot WheelsÃ‚Â®
Hot WheelsÃ‚Â® cars thundered into the toy world in 1968. In addition to leading the way with speed, power, performance and attitude, Hot WheelsÃ‚Â® cars are also Cool CollectiblesÃ‚Â® for adults. For the latest information on Hot WheelsÃ‚Â®, make a break on the information superhighway and cruise over to www.hotwheels.com.
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