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
"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.