Thursday, December 3, 2009

THQ Announce They Are Going To Open A New Studio In Montreal

THQ Have Announced that they have chosen Montreal as the location of their new studio. this new studio will also become the largest facility in its gloabl studio system. over the next 5 years, they aim to create 400 new jobs.

Dace Gatchel has been put in charge of THQ Montreal as its general manager. they aim to release their first games by fiscal 2013. the final site is yet to be chosen, but they aim to have it open by mid 2010.

Those interested in applying for jobs can email THQ at

Press Release

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Dec 03, 2009 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that it has selected Montreal, Quebec, as the location for a brand new video game development studio which the company expects to become the largest facility in its global studio system. The agreement with the government of Quebec will allow THQ to create in excess of 400 sustainable new jobs over the next five years as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to develop the highest quality games in a cost-effective manner.

THQ has appointed Dave Gatchel, who was the general manager of THQ’s Paradigm Entertainment studio, to serve as the Montreal studio’s general manager, bringing extensive industry experience to his role. Under his leadership, THQ Montreal will focus primarily on creating core games for THQ as well as providing support for games developed across THQ’s worldwide studio system. THQ expects to create jobs in several disciplines, including design, engineering, art, content and technology development, quality assurance and localization.

“Montreal’s outstanding pool of creative digital media talent and its highly regarded university system makes this the ideal location to support our future product and technology development needs,” said Steve DeCosta, THQ senior vice president, THQ Core Games, Operations and Finance. “Moreover, government support, in the form of reimbursable tax credits and other incentives, enabled Montreal to stand out as the best combination of creative talent and favorable economics of the cities we evaluated for our new studio.”

“We are focused on building hit franchises and achieving efficiencies within our studio organization and THQ Montreal will play an integral role in achieving both of these objectives,” Said Danny Bilson, THQ executive vice president, THQ Core Games. “We expect to ramp up the studio over the next several years, with our first titles targeted for release in fiscal 2013.”

“We are pleased to welcome leading videogame publisher THQ to Montreal,” said Clément Gignac, Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. “THQ’s new studio represents a key investment by a premier video game developer and will create more than 400 highly-skilled jobs in Montreal’s technology sector, further enhancing our position as a leading center of creative talent and game design.”

THQ is currently evaluating locations for the new facility and expects to open the studio by mid-2010. THQ Montreal will be the company’s second fully operational development and production studio in Canada. THQ’s global system currently includes more than 1,200 people located in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Interested applicants may send their resumes to THQ Montreal at:

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 THQ and its respective logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “THQ”), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections for THQ Montreal, including expected job creation and development plans for the studio, and are based upon management’s current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ’s financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2009, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

Microsoft Announce That Lips Party Classics Is Coming Spring 2010

Microsoft has announced that a new Lips game is coming out in Spring 2010. Lips Party Classics will have 40 songs including:

“Love Shack” by The B-52's
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
“Rock And Roll All Nite” by KISS
“Wannabe” by Spice Girls
“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany
“Y.M.C.A.” by Village People

Village People - YMCA

Tiffiny - I Think We're Alone Now

B52's - Love Shack

Press Release

Who needs the lyrics? You know them by heart; everyone knows them by heart … more or less. They are the songs that get us out of our seats and into the moment, they get the party started. Microsoft Game Studios and iNiS will capture the magic of these songs in “Lips: Party Classics,” the newest title to join the “Lips” singing sensation exclusive to Xbox 360. Available worldwide in spring 2010, “Lips: Party Classics” will let party goers experience their favorite tunes from their beloved karaoke venues right in their own living rooms.

Let the festivities commence with the wide selection of 40 peppy, festive, dramatic and exhilarating songs included in “Lips: Party Classics.” These are the songs you love to sing even if the singing itself is so bad it’s good – these tunes will unite friends and family with fun and spontaneity. Just a glimpse of the full song list includes favorites such as:
· “Love Shack” by The B-52's
· “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
· “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
· “Rock And Roll All Nite” by KISS
· “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
· “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany
· “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People

Lips Jukebox extends the “Lips” fun

Right now, make your Facebook photos sing with the new Lips Jukebox. Available now for free at , this easy-to-use online tool puts a pair of singing lips on your photos transforming them into a mini music video starring you and your best friends and family. Choose from classic tracks such as “Barbie Girl” by Aqua or “Love Fool” by The Cardigans.

“Lips” December Game Add-ons bring the holiday cheer
For those not-so-silent nights, invite your loved ones over and give them the gift of song with “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations, “Right Round” by Flo Rida, “Think” by Aretha Franklin, “Blister In The Sun” by Violent Femmes and more.
Then while you’re stringing up your garlands, don’t forget to add a variety of great holiday tunes including “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “Santa Baby” by Kylie Minogue and “Hanukkah Blessings” by Barenaked Ladies to your “Lips” collection that are sure to light up your nights with fun! For the full list of December Game Add-ons and festive songs, please visit

“Lips” songs for everyone

Following the fall releases of “Lips: Number One Hits” worldwide, and “Lips: Deutsche Partyknaller” and “Lips: Canta En Español” in select regions, the “Lips” library is as diverse as the imagination, so that everyone can find the perfect songs to perform. These new titles coupled with the original “Lips” and the extensive library of “Lips” Game Add-on songs available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the in-game Get Music Store, are sure to keep the singing going until dawn.

Avatar and Xbox LIVE features add personal touches the singing experience with Avatar integration and Avatar Awards that allow singers to perform as their virtual selves in the game. With “Lips: Party Classics,” players can earn fashionable Avatar Accessories through in-game accomplishments to customize their wardrobe and flaunt their unique style to friends on Xbox LIVE. More information on “Lips” is available at

EA Has Revealed That Michael Perham Will Be A Downloadable Sim Character For The Sims 3 World Adventures

EA Has annoucned that Michael Perham, a British Solo-Sailor, has been immortalised as a Sims character that will be available to download for free in their The Sims 3 World Adventures PC Game.

Michael Perham sailed across the Atlantic single-handed at the age of 14, and at the age of 17 he sailed around the world solo.

Michael Perham

Press Release

Guildford, UK, 3rd December, 2009 – British teen and solo-sailor, Michael Perham, has been immortalised as a downloadable Sim character for EA’s hot new game, The Sims™ 3 World Adventures, the first expansion pack* to the best-selling PC game of calendar 2009**, The Sims 3. The record-breaker has been recreated as a Sim character in honour of his globe-trotting world adventures.

A real-life adventurer, Michael made history at the age of 14 when he became the youngest person to sail single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean in a 28ft yacht. In August this year, aged 17, he made it into the record books again when he became the youngest person to sail solo around the world, completing the journey on a 50ft racing yacht.

His achievements have been recognised by games publisher EA, turning Michael Perham into a character for free download for The Sims 3 World Adventures The teenage sailor’s Sim character will be available for download at players to take Michael on their own virtual adventures to real-world inspired destinations within the game including China, Egypt and France.

Michael Perham comments, “My life has been like one long adventure for the past few years, so this game has got my name written all over it. I’m concentrating on college at the moment, but having my own character in the game will allow me to continue travelling and adventuring, even if only in a virtual world.”

In The Sims 3 World Adventures players can take their Sims to new destinations to conquer challenges, find treasures, discover what’s lurking in hidden caves, and much more with the first ever Sims adventure gameplay.

The Sims 3 World Adventures is available now, rated PEGI 12 (For more information visit and is available at retail and online through digital distribution at For more information on The Sims 3 or The Sims 3 World Adventures, go To download artwork, please

The game will also be available for feature phones, the iPhone™ and iPod touch® in early 2010 from EA Mobile™. These versions do not require a base game to play and will have customized mobile gameplay features. For information on carrier availability and pricing for all EA Mobile games, please visit

*Requires The Sims™ 3 or The Sims™ 3 Collector’s Edition for PC/Mac to play.
**According to NPD data.
***INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED, see product pack or digital distribution rules for details

About The Sims
The Sims franchise celebrates an impressive over 100 million units sold since its launch in February 2000. Now translated into 22 different languages and available in 60 different countries, The Sims quickly has become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims 3 sold more than 4.5 million copies since launch through October 2009 and was the best-selling PC launch in EA’s history. Fan intensity is evidenced through more than 80 million downloads of player created content including: Sims, houses, stories and more. The Sims 3 YouTube Channel is within the top 5 most viewed sponsored channels of all time with more than 22 million video views. The Sims 3 took the social media sites by storm with half a million fans on the official Facebook page for the game and nearly 30,000 followers on the Twitter official game page making it one of the most popular games on Twitter. Visit The Sims 3 official website to see what the players are creating at or the official YouTube Channel for The Sims at

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA Mobile TM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet
EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO, and The Sims are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

UK PSN Update 03/12/09

Special Offers
MediEvil Resurrection – PSP [£7.99]
Need For Speed Most Wanted 5-1-0 – PSP [£11.99]
Need For Speed ProStreet – PSP [£11.99]
Gangs Of London – PSP [£14.99]
Killzone Liberation – PSP [£14.99]

PS3 Games
Little Big Planet – Assassins Creed II Ezio Auditore Costume [£1.59]
Little Big Planet – Festive Goodies Level Kit [£2.39]
Little Big Planet – Santa Hat And Beard Costume [Free]
Little Big Planet – Santa Coat and Boots Costume [Free]
Fight Night Round 4 – Champions Pack II Bundle [£7.99]
Fight Night Round 4 – Champions Pack II: Bernard Hopkins [£1.59]
Fight Night Round 4 – Champions Pack II: Evander Holyfield [£1.59]
Fight Night Round 4 – Champions Pack II: Sonny Liston [£1.59]
Fight Night Round 4 – Champions Pack II: Old School Rules [£3.19]
Fight Night Round 4 – Champions Pack II: Ring Rivalries [£1.59]
Operation Flashpoint – Dragon Rising Skirmish [£3.19]
EyePet – Christmas Styling [Free]
EyePet – Emergency Styling [£2.39]
EyePet – Lucky Dip Styling Pack 7 [Free]
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – Juggernaut Playable Character Teaser [Free]
Need For Speed Shift – Team Racing [Free]
Buzz – Rock Idols Quiz [£6.29]


Guitar Hero 5
The Fall Of Troy Track Pack [£4.39]
“A Classic Case Of Transference” By The Fall Of Troy [£1.59]
“Panic Attack” By The Fall Of Troy [£1.59]
“Single” By The Fall Of Troy [£1.59]

Rock Band
Nirvana Pack 02 (includes the three tracks above) [£2.49]
“Come As You Are” (Live From MTV Unplugged) by Nirvana [£0.99]
“Lithium” (Live At Reading) by Nirvana [£0.99]
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana [£0.99]
Night Ranger Pack 01 [£2.49]
“(You Can Still) Rock In America ‘09” by Night Ranger [£0.99]
“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me ‘09” by Night Ranger [£0.99]
“You’re Gonna Hear From Me” by Night Ranger [£0.99]
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live Anthology Pack 01 [£4.99]
“A Thing About You (Live)” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers [£0.99]
“American Girl (Live)” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers [£0.99]
“Even The Losers (Live)” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers [£0.99]
“Here Comes My Girl (Live)” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers [£0.99]
“Mary Janes Last Dance (Live)” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers [£0.99]
“Refugee (Live)” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers [£0.99]
“New Fang“ by Them Crooked Vultures [£0.99]
“Miss Independent“ by Kelly Clarkson [£0.99]
“Our Lips Are Sealed” by The Go-Go’s [£0.99]
“Who Knew” by P!nk [£0.99]

DJ Hero

The Beatles Rock Band

Uncharted 2 – Eye Of Indra Motion Comic 3 [£0.79]
Uncharted 2 – Eye Of Indra Motion Comic 4 [£0.79]
GT Academy 2010 Trailer
Ratchet & Clank A Crack In Time – Contructo Weapons Trailer
Blue Toad Murder Files Teaser
Fairytale Fights Gameplay Trailer 1
Fairytale Fights Gameplay Trailer 2
Fairytale Fights Gameplay Trailer 3
Fairytale Fights Gameplay Trailer 4
Fairytale Fights GamesCom Trailer
Fairytale Fights Launch Trailer
Fairytale Fights Retail Trailer 1
Fairytale Fights Retail Trailer 2
Fairytale Fights Teaser Trailer 2
Fairytale Fights Teaser Trailer 3

Movie Trailer

Assassins Creed II
Groove Armada


Dynamic Theme

PS1 Classic
Peter Pan: Adventures in Never Land [£3.99]

Elemental Monster TD Portable [£6.29]
Capcom Classics Coll Reloaded [£13.99]

Stand O'Food [£3.99]

Little Big Planet

PSPgo promotion Theme [Click Here For More Information About This Theme]

Elemental Monster TD Portable
Beaterator – Timberland Sessions

Microsoft Announce That Games On Demand Is Coming To Games For Windows Live On December 15th

Microsoft has announced that from December 15th, Games On Demand will be coming to Games For Windows. Games On Demand will allow you to buy games from the Games On Demand library and install them to your computer. You will be able to re-install any title you buy when ever you want.

This service will be compatible with Games For Windows Live enabled Titles Only. The games can be bought with money or with Microsoft Points. the launch lineup will be:

Resident Evil 5
Red Faction: Guerilla,
Battlestations: Pacific
World Of Goo

Microsoft have also announced that Tinker will be updated and offered as a free download from the Games For Windows Live Client.

Press Release

Games on Demand, Meet Games for Windows – LIVE
On December 15, Games for Windows – LIVE will evolve beyond LIVE gaming and include a portal for accessing and downloading your favorite LIVE-enabled titles…courtesy of Games on Demand. Games on Demand for Windows lets you easily purchase and download great titles from the Games for Windows – LIVE library right from your computer, and re-install your games whenever you want, wherever you want. Games for Windows – LIVE now gives you the flexibility to access and play your games where and when you want, all straight from your PC.

“With Games on Demand, we didn’t just want to create a cut-and-paste version of existing digital distribution services,” said Mike Ybarra, general manager of LIVE Engagement Services. “We challenged ourselves to deliver an integrated platform that takes full advantage of the unique capabilities offered by the LIVE service. Our goal has always been to create a seamless online gaming experience for the Windows community, and Games on Demand is a great step toward that end.”

The launch lineup will include recent hits like “Resident Evil 5” (Capcom), “Red Faction: Guerilla” (THQ), and “Battlestations: Pacific” (EIDOS), as well as new exclusive LIVE-enabled versions of popular digital games such as “World of Goo” and “Osmos,” distributed by Microsoft Game Studios. All games can be purchased either by credit card or with Microsoft Points. Games on Demand for Windows will be available in markets that currently have the Games for Windows – LIVE service. Microsoft is also offering an updated LIVE-enabled version of “Tinker,” formerly an exclusive Windows Vista Ultimate Extra, as a completely free download from the Games for Windows – LIVE client.

“Connected digital experiences are defining the continued growth of Windows as a gaming platform,” said Chuck Osieja, creative director of Games for Windows – LIVE. “Today marks Microsoft’s return to delivering Windows games built on unique LIVE experiences.”

Games for Windows – LIVE delivers a truly connected experience for PC gamers, letting you enjoy a common Gamertag, Gamerscore and unified friends list that carries across both supported PC games and the Xbox 360 console. The service also offers single and multiplayer Achievements, voice chat, text messaging and TruSkill online matchmaking. To download the Games for Windows – LIVE client visit

Eidos Has Released New Screenshots For Just Cause 2

Eidos has released new screenshots for the Xbox 360 version of Just Cause. these screenshots appear to be in-game and show some of the things that you can do in Just Cause 2. these mostly show vehicles and things you can do with them.

Just Cause 2

Konami Announce Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Is Coming Out May 28th In The UK

Konami has announced that Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker is coming out in the UK on May 28th.

Yesterday we tweeted that the Latest Famitsu Magazine announced that Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker is coming out 18th May.

From Konami UK News

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Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • The Banned PSN kid has said he won't sue anyone else. Sony has responded to his summons.

  • PC: Left 4 Dead 2 has been updated. the invincible on fire witch has been fixed as well as other fixes.

  • 360: Aaron Greenberg says 360 sales doubled over black Friday. its assumed this means only 120k units sold, PS3 has 440k

  • Wii: its being reported that Nintendo is ramping down Wii production. two manufacturers are faces a drop of 50% in profits

  • QTE Blog: Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • PS3: the latest issue of Famistu is reporting that Heavy Rain has a Japan release of February 8th.

  • Square Enix has said that Final Fantasy could last around 50-60 hours

  • 360:Work in progress boxart shows Banjo And Kazooie as playable characters in 360 version of Sonic & Segas All Star Racing

  • PSPgo: Logitech are said to be working on a UMD peripheral for the PSPgo. it'll make it a little bulky

  • PC: EA have released the recommended system sepcs for both Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943

  • Avatar The Game review scores are being released. its getting less than average to average scores.

  • The UK will get both the PS3 and 360 Demos of Dante's Inferno on 24th December.

  • 360: the XBLA version of Serious Sam HD has been delayed until January.

  • PSP: Nippon Ichi have teased a new retro looking game called Classic Dungeon. its a 8 bit style, nothing more is known

  • PS3/PSP: its strongly rumoured that Sony is working on a PSP emulator for the PS3 so PSP games can be played on the PS3.

  • PS3: PixleJunk Shooter is coming out on the USA and UK PSN on December 10th. there won't initially be a Demo. $9.99 hinted

  • QTE Blog: EA Has Released Screenshots For Mirror's Edge On The iPhone/iPod Touch

  • QTE Blog: EA Announces Medal Of Honor For PS3, PC, And Xbox 360

  • QTE Blog: Microsoft Has Announced That Avatar Pets Are Coming Tomorrow For 240 MS Points

  • Its rumoured that Edge Of Twilight has been canned. its believed that the studio behind it, Fuzzyeyes Studios have closed

  • PS3: SingStar is being updated this holiday to 4.30. it brings bug fixes, new features, gameplay enhancements + more

  • PS3: its being reported that a team from Sony is going to help fix Bayonetta.

  • PSP: The Latest Shonen Jump Mag has revealed that Zack Fair is in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

  • QTE Blog: Sega Has Released A New Trailer For Phantasy Star Zero On The Nintendo DS

  • QTE Blog: Nintendo UK Announce A Animal Crossing Lets Go To The City 1 Year Anniversary Downloadable Item

  • QTE Blog: THQ Announce A New Publishing Deal With DreamWorks And Upcoming Movie-Tie Releases

  • PS3: the latest issue of Qore will give subscribers entry to the Mod Nation Racers Beta.

  • QTE Blog: EA Has Released A New Trailer For Flips On The Nintendo DS

  • QTE Blog: THQ Has Released New Screenshots And Boxart For Metro 2033

  • QTE Blog: New Zero Punctuation - Assassins Creed II