AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb. 3: THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced MotoGP '06 for the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from MicrosoftÂ® is scheduled to release in May 2006. Presenting an unprecedented level of realism and sense of speed, this latest addition to the critically acclaimed MotoGP franchise also incorporates the very latest 2006 race season information to create the most up-to-date and intensely realistic racing game on the Xbox 360.
"It's exciting for us to present Xbox 360 owners with the most exhilarating racing experience available and one that genuinely raises the bar of photorealistic gaming," said Pete Murphy, Global Brand Manager, THQ Inc. "The developer, Climax, has combined an unprecedented level of detail, sense of speed, and the very latest MotoGP season content to create a game that will appeal to MotoGP fans as well as those gamers craving the most thrilling racing experience on Xbox 360."
"The powerful technology within the Xbox 360 has enabled us to create visual effects that surpass anything that we've seen in the racing genre to-date," stated Jason Avent, Game Director, Climax. "The latest addition to our MotoGP franchise has seen a unique implementation of depth of field within the graphics engine that allows us to simulate different focal lengths. We're extremely proud of the fact that ultimately, the screenshots will speak for themselves!"
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Licensed from Dorna Sports, MotoGP '06 is the latest in THQ's highly successful MotoGP franchise which has shipped in excess of 1.5 million units world-wide, including such critically-acclaimed titles as MotoGP URT 3.
In addition, THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc., announced a series of MotoGP wireless products scheduled to launch throughout 2006. MotoGP 3 sets the graphical bench-mark for racing games on mobile phones and accompanying this is MotoGP Manager, a comprehensive racing management title. The full range of MotoGP wireless products are top sellers for THQ and will be made available with major operators globally, together with a suite of officially licensed MotoGP mobile personalisation images.
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Dorna Sports is an international sports management, marketing and television company founded in 1988, with headquarters in Madrid, Spain, and branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. Dorna is dedicated to the organisation, production and marketing of major international motor sports events. It has been the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to MotoGP since 1992 and is also involved in organising the FIM World Supercross GP, the Spanish National Championship (CEV) and the British Superbike Championship. The official MotoGP website is located at http://www.motogp.com.
Founded in 1988 by Karl Jeffery, Climax Group Inc. has grown to become the world's leading independent video game developer. At the cutting edge of the games industry, Climax develops technologically advanced and critically acclaimed interactive games software for all major console platforms. The company works with major worldwide publishers such as Microsoft, SCEA, Buena Vista Games and THQ to create such hit titles as ATV Offroad Fury 3, Sudeki and the Moto GP series on Xbox and PC.
Climax is headquartered in Los Angeles. Additional information on Climax is available at www.climaxgroup.com.
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 and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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