THQ ANNOUNCES DISNEY/PIXAR’S MONSTERS, INC. FOR NINTENDO GAMECUBE
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. - March 5, 2002 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced it will publish Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (working title) for Nintendo® GameCube. Scheduled for fall 2002 release, the game will be based on the Academy Award®-nominated animated film, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
“Disney and Pixar have a legacy of creating long-standing animated motion picture classics,” said Germaine Gioia, vice president, licensing, THQ. “THQ is pleased to extend our interactive videogame collaboration with Disney by bringing Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. to GameCube.”
The monsters of Monstropolis learn the power of laughter in Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. for GameCube. Gameplay features a unique dodge ball-style match set in special stadium arenas where your favorite monsters launch an artillery of “laugh balls” at each other which upon contact will affect each monster differently. In the game, Monsters train and learn how to bring laughter to the children they once scared with the ultimate goal of filling their individual laugh canisters first. The game also features a multi-player mode allowing up to four players.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios (Nasdaq: PIXR) combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. In partnership with Disney, Pixar has created four of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Academy Award ®-winning Toy Story (1995); A Bug's Life (1998); Golden Globe-winner Toy Story 2 (1999); and Monsters, Inc. (2001). Pixar's four films have earned more than $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern California studio's next film, Finding Nemo, will be released in summer 2003.
Disney Interactive, part of the Disney Consumer Products division of The Walt Disney Company, develops, markets and globally distributes a wide variety of interactive entertainment, educational and sports CD-ROMs and video games. For more information on Disney Interactive's products, visit www.disneyinteractive.com.
THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com.
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about THQ’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of THQ’s future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ’s products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in THQ’s registration statement on Form S-3 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 22, 2002. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.