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'Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams' (GBA/NGC/PS2/Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on April 22, 2004 @ 8:56 a.m. PDT

THQ Inc. today announced Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams, the sequel to Tak and the Power of Juju. Tak is the first property released under THQ and Nickelodeon's ground-breaking agreement to create new cross-media intellectual properties for initial release in the videogame space with the express intent of migrating the properties to other entertainment media. Developed by Avalanche Software, Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams is scheduled to release in October 2004 and will be available on the PlayStation2, GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance.

"Having just hit our million unit mark globally, we are ecstatic with the major success of Tak and anticipate that Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams will provide an intriguing epilogue to this epic interactive adventure," said Eric Doctorow, COO, THQ. "Furthermore, our relationship with Nickelodeon continues to strengthen and we're delighted that we will be collaborating with them to continue building the Tak brand."

"With the recent success of Tak and the Power of Juju, we're excited to have an opportunity to partner with THQ in order to further the Tak storyline," said Stephen Youngwood, senior vice president, Nickelodeon media products group. "The first Tak provided a compelling gameplay experience, combined with a great story filled with humor. We're confident that this next version will provide gamers with an equally engaging experience."

In the original Tak and the Power of Juju, players were introduced to a tale of good vs. evil set in an ancient, tribal world where magic (Juju) actually worked. An unsung hero was born as players maneuvered Tak, a young shaman's apprentice, to recover moonstones stolen by the evil Tlaloc in order to save the Moon Juju and restore her powers.

Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams will continue following Tak on his adventures against evil. However, players will take on the role of a more experienced Tak as he goes on an epic adventure that will require him to learn all new Juju magic in order to recover the Nightmare Scepter and defeat the evil shaman, Tlaloc, once and for all. Players will maneuver Tak as he's armed with new Juju abilities. He will master the ancient Juju magic of the animals, allowing him to possess various creatures and turn himself into a Spirit Animal. This innovative sequel will also feature nine interactively designed linear environments and a returning cast of favorite characters, along with three brand new Juju gods and the introduction of Jibolba's brother, JB. Nine new Nightmare Creatures will also help to further the action. In addition, Tak will be outfitted with new Juju powered artifacts, including the powerful Dream Shaker, which affords him the power to close dream rifts.

Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams will be shown for the first time at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles from May 12-14 and will be demonstrated along with several additional key titles from THQ.

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