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WWE Crush Hour
May 16, 2002

THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced "WWE Crush Hour." The first ever car combat experience featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars allows players to engage in battle across 12 intense levels littered with deadly traps and hazards. Developed by THQ subsidiary Pacific Coast Power & Light Co., "WWE Crush Hour" is the latest videogame based on the highly popular World Wrestling Entertainment license and will be available early 2003 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube.

"We developed these fantasy vehicles by working closely with World Wrestling Entertainment to ensure true to character development and storyline," said Peter Dille, vice president, marketing, THQ. "If the Rock is going to get behind the wheel of a sports car personalized especially for him, we want to make sure that all of his attitude and personality is accurately portrayed in the vehicle."

"THQ's goal with `WWE Crush Hour' is to extend the World Wrestling Entertainment license to the growing action genre while offering a new and unique gaming experience that appeals to wrestling fans and action gamers alike," said Don Traeger, president, Pacific Coast Power & Light Co. "`WWE Crush Hour' takes all of the attitude and drama of the World Wrestling Entertainment brand and blends it with intense vehicular combat to create a compelling gaming experience."

"World Wrestling Entertainment gamers will now have even more realism when the suped-up vehicles predominantly featured in programming make their videogame debut in `WWE Crush Hour,'" stated Nelo Lucich, director of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. "This action-packed title across all platforms will pair each Superstar with their signature personalized vehicle and will incorporate a brand new game play for the World Wrestling Entertainment video game line."

About "WWE Crush Hour"

"WWE Crush Hour" features more than 30 fantasy, personalized Superstar vehicles including Hollywood Hulk Hogan's sports car, Big Show's big rig, The Rock's luxury sports car and Stone Cold Steve Austin's jacked up monster truck. Players will be able to compete in multiple match types including ladder and hardcore matches modified for insane car combat. World Wrestling Entertainment fans can also annihilate opponents with multiple weapons customized for each vehicle or grab power-ups to really put the hurtin' on their foe. "WWE Crush Hour" utilizes unparalleled driving physics with the "Powerslide Advantage" allowing quick 180 degree turns, strafing attacks and pinpoint cornering. World Wrestling Entertainment's very own Jim Ross(TM) gives on-the-fly commentary and players will be able to taunt opposing drivers with signature phrases from their favorite Superstar.

 


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