THQ Ships ``MX Superfly Featuring Ricky Carmichael'' With Xbox Live Support; First Ever Motocross Title Available for Microsoft's Online Gaming Network
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2002
THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced the release of "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft. Developed by THQ subsidiary Pacific Coast Power & Light Co.(R), the latest installment in the successful franchise is the first ever motocross title to support Xbox Live. The online feature allows players to access supplemental content that includes two exclusive tracks and ten additional riders from Xbox Live. "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" for the Xbox is now available at major retail outlets nationwide.
"THQ is proud to be a part of Xbox Live and we expect gaming fans everywhere will enjoy the exclusive downloadable content available through Microsoft's new online gaming network," said Peter Dille, vice president, marketing, THQ. "`MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael' continues to be the top selling motocross franchise and we look forward to Xbox Live introducing the franchise to a new audience."
About "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael"
"MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" boasts several new features, including an enhanced freestyle mode with all new tricks, expansive environments and wide-open worlds for gamers to explore. Expanded career modes allow riders to earn cash as well as upgrade their bikes and equipment in both racing and freestyle modes. "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" also features 11 mini-games, such as "Pizza Delivery," "Golf" and "Target Jumping." A powerful freestyle stunt track editor allows players to create and design the ultimate motocross course. Numerous hidden characters and bikes add to the mix including rock-rap superstar and motocross enthusiast Vanilla Ice. Visual enhancements include new particle effects, reflection mapping and dirt accumulation on riders creating one of the most realistic looking motocross games to date. Players will reap the rewards of racing through an entire season of pulse pounding motocross action while ESPN commentators Cameron Steele and Davey Coombs join in for all the fun.
"MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" is also available for the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.
About Ricky Carmichael
In 1998, Ricky Carmichael was the first rider in history to win every race in the 125cc Supercross Series, winning the Eastern Regional title and the East-West Shoot-Out in Las Vegas. Since turning professional in 1996, Carmichael has eight National Championships to his credit. Carmichael went undefeated for the first time ever this past season as he clinched both the 250cc class Outdoor National title and 2002 Supercross Series Championship.
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Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft's future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia.
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