[ENGLISH] THQ tells us: THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today unveiled the first products from THQ’s new Licensing and Merchandising division, established to help bring THQ’s top franchises to life through a variety of lifestyle and consumer product categories. THQ is partnering with Udon EntertainmentTM to release official Darksiders(TM) art books and SOTA ToysTM on limited-edition statues. These initial items are part of an expansive merchandise line for the critically and commercially successful video game, Darksiders.
The Art of Darksiders from Udon Entertainment (www.udonentertainment.com) will be the first art book released under the partnership and will feature a comprehensive collection of concept art from the game, including original artwork from creative director and comic book legend, Joe Madureira. Udon will debut the book at the San Diego Comic Con where « Joe Mad » will be making a special appearance for an exclusive signing.
Also at Comic Con, SOTA Toys (www.sotatoysonline.com) will be featuring a 14″ statue of WAR, the lead character of the game and the first Horseman of the Apocalypse, atop his fiery mount, Ruin. This is the first in a line of limited edition premium statues from SOTA inspired by the art of the Darksiders game. SOTA will begin taking pre-orders starting July 22 on their website, and the statues will be available to own later this year.
Joe Madureira, Creative Director at Vigil Games commented:
« I am happy to see Darksiders brought to life with such a wide range of high-quality collectibles, and look forward to meeting the game’s fans in person at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. »
Germaine Gioia, Senior Vice President of Licensing and Merchandising commented:
« We have a broad portfolio of original game properties at THQ that resonate with their target audiences.Over the next few years THQ will offermany new ways to engage with our brands and enhance the interactive experience. »
Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of mankind, WAR – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – must return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible. War must take on the forces of Heaven and Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance. Players harness the apocalyptic power of War, combining brutal attacks and supernatural abilities to decimate enemies who stand in his way. With an extreme arsenal of weapons, War blazes a trail of destruction, and emerges even more deadly atop Ruin, War’s fiery phantom steed. For more information, please visit www.darksiders.com.
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. THQ, Darksiders, Vigil Games and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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