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THQ Sues Activision Over Too-Similar Baja Box Art

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 3:12 p.m. PDT

Last week THQ filed a lawsuit with the US District Court of Central California against Activision, claiming the upcoming SCORE International Baja 1000 box cover is too similar to its own BAJA title released last month. Both boxes show similar vehicles in almost identical positions, and although THQ contacted Activision to settle things out of court, they refused to make any changes, hence the lawsuit (thanks Patent Arcade).

Developed by the founding members of the MX vs. ATV franchise, Baja: Edge of Control combines the best elements of the real-world sport with the right balance of arcade fun as it challenges players to build the ultimate off-road machine and conquer vast, unforgiving terrain.

In Baja: Edge of Control, players will conquer more than 100 square miles of the toughest terrain Mother Nature has to offer, including the steepest mountains, thickest mud and deepest canyons ever created. With more than 40 vehicles in eight classes, including Trophy Trucks, 4x4s and buggies, Baja: Edge of Control features a full array of upgradeable options with hundreds of authentic parts that affect each vehicle’s performance. Players will put their off-road machines to the test in near-vertical Hill Climb challenges, head-to-head Open Class races, circuit races and the ultimate off-road endurance challenge: the Baja. BAJA’s open worlds extend thousands of miles across all landscapes in races that can last up to four hours.

The game’s revolutionary vehicle physics deliver unprecedented life-like handling, and a support management system allows gamers to monitor and repair realistic vehicle damage as fenders fly, tires are blown, suspension is stressed and engines overheat. Baja: Edge of Control will support four-player split screen multiplayer capability, 12-player online and LAN as well as multiple-screen panoramic view.

Baja: Edge of Control is developed by 2XL Games in Phoenix, Ariz. and is scheduled for release in August 2008.

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