Leading Fighting Videogame Franchise Set to Expand the Virtual WWE Universe With New Playable Superstars and Clothing Choices
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – January 9, 2009 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today announced the availability of the first downloadable content package for WWEÃ‚Â® SmackDownÃ‚Â® vs. RawÃ‚Â® 2009, the latest release in the leading fighting videogame franchise. Now available for download worldwide via PlayStationÃ‚Â®Network for the PLAYSTATIONÃ‚Â®3 computer entertainment system, the content enables players to update their virtual WWE experience with new playable Superstars and ring gear. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 originally launched on November 9, 2008 and is available at major retailers worldwide.
The content package for PlayStation Network, available for a suggested retail price of $4.99, will include Evan Bourne™, Ted DiBiase™ and Charlie Haas™ (playable Superstars); Kelly Kelly™ and Maria™ (holiday costumes); KaneÃ‚Â® (masked); as well as new ring gear for Chris JerichoÃ‚Â®, MVP™ and EdgeÃ‚Â®. In addition, future content is planned for PlayStation Network, as well as the first content for Xbox LIVEÃ‚Â® Marketplace for the Xbox 360Ã‚Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
“Consumers are constantly looking for ways to modify and enhance their gameplay experiences online, and the ever-changing WWE brand offers many exciting opportunities to bring fresh, dynamic content to our WWE SmackDown vs. Raw community,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ.
“Downloadable content is the perfect complement to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, and we are excited to enter into this new arena of gaming with the WWE franchise,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific.
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