CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI - News) today announced that MX vs. ATV Unleashed has shipped for the PlayStationÂ® 2 computer entertainment system and will be released for the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft March 24. The highly anticipated game from renowned racing developer Rainbow Studios combines their expertise of ATV and motocross racing, redefining the off-road genre through a collection of new vehicles, event types and online racing options. The release of MX vs. ATV Unleashed builds on the success of critically acclaimed MX Unleashed, which has shipped more than one million units since its 2004 launch. Fans can taste the dirt and smell the fumes at a suggested retail price of $39.95.
"Our goal with MX vs. ATV Unleashed was to expand beyond motocross and create the most comprehensive off-road racing experience ever," said Scott Novis, president, Rainbow Studios. "We've used our extensive knowledge of off-road racing development to pull out all the stops, creating individual driving models for all nine vehicles and allowing up to six people to compete against one another online."
MX vs. ATV Unleashed brings Rainbow Studio's critically celebrated ATV know-how to the top-selling "Unleashed" franchise, allowing gamers to compete with ATVs, dirt bikes and an array of new vehicle types including monster trucks, sand-rails and 4x4 golf karts. Players will explore massive free-world environments containing hill climbs, machine challenges and short track races. The game will be playable online for up to six players allowing them to compete with the top professional ATV and Motocross riders in career mode.
Since its unveiling, press have been raving about MX vs. ATV Unleashed:
"Perhaps the most complete off-road game ever made, MX Vs ATV Unleashed may just be the title that puts an end to all of this 'which vehicle is best' nonsense to an end."
-- PSM 9 out of 10
"MX vs. ATV Unleashed is a truly fantastic title. It's extremely well done and offers the best MX and ATV racing combination in town."
-- IGN 9.3 out of 10
"Outside of actually riding your quad, it is one of the most fun ways to get a sense of how much enjoyment an off-road vehicle can provide."
-- Dirt Wheels Magazine
"The game is a fusion of the best of Fury 2 and MX Unleashed with another year of honing the 'Reality' thrown in on top."
-- ATV Rider
About Rainbow Studios
Named Game Informer's "Developer of the Year for 2001," Rainbow Studios is one of THQ's premier content creators for console systems and PCs. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Rainbow's fifteen-year videogame history includes the top-selling Splashdown, award-winning ATV Offroad Fury series and critically acclaimed Motocross Madness PC series which received Best Sports Computer Game of 2000 award by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The February 2004 release of MX Unleashed marked the introduction of the "Unleashed" brand.
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About the THQ World Supercross GP
THQ World Supercross GP is a 17 round global series produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. In 2004-2005, the 17 event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two Canadian events, Toronto and Vancouver, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla. is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP.