Tuesday, March 25, 2008

THQ’s Ratatouille Video Game Based on the Disney/Pixar Film Reaches Major Retail Milestones as an Xbox 360® “Platinum Family Hit” and PlayStation®2 Sy

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that the Ratatouille video game based on the Disney/Pixar film of the same name has achieved the prestigious Microsoft Xbox 360® Platinum Family Hits collection and Sony Computer Entertainment America Greatest Hits sales milestones. THQ originally released Ratatouille in summer 2007 across 11 different gaming systems and has since shipped nearly four million copies across all platforms worldwide. With the recent sales achievements, the Ratatouille video game is now available at retailers throughout North America for the new suggested retail price of $19.99.

Throughout the companys successful relationship with Disney/Pixar, THQ has shipped more than 35 million units of video games based on award-winning animated films such as Finding Nemo, Cars and Ratatouille. The next game slated for release under THQs agreement with Disney/Pixar is based on the highly anticipated, summer theatrical release WALLE. Development for WALLE is being led by THQs internal Heavy Iron Studios.

About the Ratatouille Video Game

Inspired by the unique characters and storyline from the Ratatouille film, fans experience the sights and sounds of Paris across a multitude of gaming systems. In the game, players assume the role of Remy, a young rat whose love for great food puts him at odds with the needs of his family. Players experience highlights from the film, as well as the memorable characters and key locations, as they explore five action-packed worlds, more than 20 challenging missions and mini-games and go head-to-head in multiplayer. Ratatouille allows players to evade detection from dangerous and often hungry enemies, brave the perils of the dinner-rush, and create culinary masterpieces in this senses-shattering journey to fulfill Remys life-long dream of becoming a great chef.

For more information about Ratatouille and the rest of THQs line-up of family- and kid-friendly games, please visit www.playthq.com.

About Disney/Pixars Ratatouille

In Disney/Pixars animated-feature Ratatouille, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his familys wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city 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 unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remys amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Remy finds himself torn between following his dreams and 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.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative, and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and most recently, Ratatouille. The Northern California studio has won 20 Academy Awards® and its eight films have grossed more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney/Pixar is WALLE (June 27, 2008).

About Disney Interactive Studios

Disney Interactive Studios is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California and has five internal game development studios around the world including Avalanche Software, Fall Line Studio, Propaganda Games, Black Rock Studio and Junction Point Studios.

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, Heavy Iron and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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