THQ Announces Plans for Global Release of Disney-Pixar’s Up Across All Major Video Game Platforms in Spring 2009
Action Adventure Game Will Take Players to the Unexplored Worlds of South America to Encounter Exotic Animals and Villainous Enemies.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Mar 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. today announced its plans to bring the Up video game, based on the highly anticipated Disney-Pixar film, to all major consoles worldwide beginning in spring 2009. Up is currently in development across seven game systems, including Wii(TM) home video game system, Nintendo DS(TM), Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and Games for Windows(R) and Mac.
Development for the Up video game is being led by THQ’s Heavy Iron Studios, the same creative team responsible for the video games based on Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille and WALLa-E. In 2007, Ratatouille received recognition from The International Animated Film Society’s annual Annie Awards as the “Best Animated Video Game.”
About the Up Video Game
The Up video game will take players on an exotic adventure with Carl Fredricksen and his young sidekick, Wilderness Explorer Russell, as they set off on a wild journey through the undiscovered jungles of South America. Players will be able to experience all four main characters from the movie — Carl, Russell, Dug the lovable dog or Kevin the prehistoric bird — while playing as a single-player or with a friend cooperatively throughout the entire game. Players will encounter exciting, new environments as they navigate through treacherous jungle terrains, battle dangerous creatures and trek the slippery slopes of the Amazonian Tepuis. In addition, the game also features multi-player game modes, including an epic level that will allow up to four players to compete in aerial combat.
For more information on the Up video game, please visit www.upvideogame.com. Information on the rest of THQ’s line-up of family-friendly titles is also available on www.playthq.com.
About the Up Movie
From Disney-Pixar comes “Up,” a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. From the Academy Award(R)-nominated director Peter Docter (Monsters, Inc.), Disney-Pixar’s Up invites film goers on a hilarious journey into a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth. Up will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D in select theatres. The film is due for release on May 29, 2009.