THQ Keeps Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille Cooking Through the Holidays with New Video Game Releases
Company: THQ
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI - News) today announced the release of the Ratatouille video game for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The title marks THQ’s first Disney/Pixar release for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, following the company’s highly successful summer launch of Ratatouille games across 11 different systems including the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo’s Wii™ home video game system, Nintendo GameCube™, Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo DS™, Windows PC and Mac, as well as wireless devices.

Ratatouille for the PLAYSTATION 3 system is inspired by the unique characters and storyline from the critically acclaimed feature film. Players will assume the role of Remy, a young rat whose love for great food puts him at odds with the needs of his family. The game allows players to experience highlights from the film, including memorable characters and key locations, as they explore five action-packed worlds, more than 20 challenging missions and mini-games, and go head-to-head in multiplayer action. The new PLAYSTATION 3 system version of Ratatouille will support the SIXAXISâ„¢ Wireless Controller, featuring motion-sensing technology to detect natural and intuitive movements.

Later this month, THQ also plans to release Ratatouille Food Frenzy for the Nintendo DS. Picking up where the film left off, the video game serves up an all new storyline taking full advantage of the DS’s capabilities. Players will use the touch screen to cook food, stir pans and fry vegetables while enjoying seven new cooking, puzzle and action games spanning more than 100 different levels. In order to cool off pots and meals hot off the stove, players will blow into the DS microphone. The opening of Remy and Emile’s new restaurant, La Ratatouille, will rest in the aprons of players as they guide the duo to master chef status.

THQ’s Heavy Iron Studios leads development for Ratatouille across THQ’s Studio System with support from Helixe who developed Ratatouille Food Frenzy.

About Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille
In Disney/Pixar’s animated-adventure Ratatouille, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Remy finds himself torn between following his dreams and returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. He learns the truth about friendship, family and having no choice but to be who he really is, a rat who wants to be a chef.

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and most recently, Ratatouille. The Northern California studio has won 20 Academy Awards® and its eight films have grossed more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney/Pixar is WALL•E (June 27, 2008).

About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS - News). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California and has five internal game development studios around the world including Avalanche Software, Fall Line Studio, Propaganda Games, Black Rock Studio and Junction Point Studios.

About THQ
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI - News) 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, Heavy Iron, Helixe and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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Nintendo, Wii, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and Nintendo GameCube are trademarks of Nintendo.

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The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “THQ”), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the release of the Ratatouille video game for the PLAYSTATION 3 system and Ratatouille Food Frenzy for the Nintendo DS, and are based upon management’s current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ’s financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2007, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
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