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THQ Announces Ratatouille Games

November 6, 2006, 8:18 am PST
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Pixar's next guaranteed blockbuster will get the usual umpteen-platform treatment.

THQ Announces Plans for Global Release of Disney*Pixar's Ratatouille Across All Major Gaming Systems in Summer 2007

Gamers With an Appetite for Adventure Can Explore the World of Ratatouille Beginning Summer 2007

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced plans to bring Ratatouille, based on the summer 2007 film from Disney*Pixar, to gamers of all ages around the world. The game is in development across 11 systems, including Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Nintendo's Wii(TM) video game console, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance, Nintendo DS(TM), Windows PC and Mac, as well as wireless devices. Ratatouille will mark the most comprehensive simultaneous cross-platform launch in THQ's history and is scheduled to coincide with the worldwide release of the highly anticipated film.

"Disney*Pixar films have consistently captivated audiences of all ages with their imaginative and memorable characters, visually stunning animation, and unparalleled story-telling," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing, THQ. "THQ has shipped more than 25 million units of Disney*Pixar video games to date, illustrating the success of our long-standing relationship and dedication to the Disney*Pixar business."

About the Ratatouille Video Game

In the game, 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. Fans will be able to relive some of the film's most thrilling moments and experience the sights, sounds and most importantly, the smells, of Paris a la Remy across a multitude of gaming systems. Players will instantly recognize the storyline, characters and key locations of Ratatouille, as they engage in a series of unique mini-games, cooking challenges and head-to-head multiplayer. Ratatouille will allow players to create culinary masterpieces, evade detection from dangerous and often hungry enemies, and brave the perils of the dinner-rush in this senses-shattering journey to fulfill Remy's life-long dream of becoming a great chef.

THQ's Heavy Iron Studios is leading development for Ratatouille across THQ's Studio System. In addition, THQ Wireless is developing a suite of wireless content including games, wallpapers and ring-tones based on Ratatouille.

About the Ratatouille Movie

In Disney*Pixar's upcoming animated-adventure, Ratatouille, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French 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 sewers 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 unlikely -- and certainly unwanted -- visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Remy finds himself torn between his calling and passion in life or 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.

Talkback

TJ SpykeNovember 06, 2006

A new GameCube game in summer 2007? It may be just a licensed game, but it's better than nothing. There is no reason publishers can't continue making GC games since the Wii can play GC games.

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