Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — THQ Inc. today announced that substantial upgrades to the highly anticipated street racer, Juiced, will be completed for the games’ release in May 2005 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and PC. Since acquiring the rights to Juiced in late 2004, THQ has worked closely with developer Juice Games to fine-tune game play elements such as handling and sense of speed, while dramatically enhancing the all-around racing experience with the introduction of arcade mode, a fully redesigned game interface and reworked audio.
“We are excited to be entering into a long-term relationship with Juice Games and look forward to providing racing fans with the attention to detail and high performance they deserve,” said Peter Dille, Senior Vice President, worldwide marketing, THQ. “Taking the time to revamp Juiced’s career mode and add an in-depth arcade mode will help establish the franchise as one of the leading street racers on the market.”
Juiced will fully immerse players in the lifestyle and culture of the street scene. Drivers will start with the dream of building a crew of ‘driving gods’ and work towards domination of the established street-racing scene of Angel City. Showing off racing skills in show-off mode will help players gain ‘respect’ from rival crew chiefs, allowing them to attend other crew’s events and eventually bet against them for cash as well as challenge drivers ‘for pinks.’ As a racer’s notoriety grows, new drivers will ask to join the team, opening up never-before-seen ‘crew races’ where the players ability to manage a crew of drivers is key to beating rival crews.
Juiced will feature more than 50 real cars with more than 100 real mods for a total of 7.5 trillion car customization possibilities. The game will also offer a full on-line feature set complete with six player races and world leader boards.
In support of the launch of the title, THQ plans to roll out a significant global marketing and PR campaign, which is expected to be augmented by a playable demo on all three platforms, prior to the launch of the game.
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Source: THQ Inc.