WWE(R) SmackDown(R) Vs. Raw(R) 2008 Reaches "Platinum Hits" Sales Milestone for the Xbox 360(R) Video Game and Entertainment System from Microsoft
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct 23, 2008- THQ Inc.
JAKK today announced that WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2008 has achieved "Platinum Hits" status for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The game originally launched in November 2007 and is now available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.
"Attaining 'Platinum Hits' for the Xbox 360 demonstrates the long-standing dedication of our fans to this tremendous franchise," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ. "This accolade comes at an opportune time as we march toward the much-anticipated North American release of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 across all major gaming platforms, including mobile devices, on November 9."
"We are delighted the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw videogame franchise has reached 'Platinum Hits' status for its second consecutive year on Xbox 360," said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. "WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 embodies a host of fan favorite features, including Superstar Fighting Styles and a new Struggle Submission System, which further define the virtual WWE experience."
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for Xbox 360 lets players take the fight into their own hands with the debut of eight Superstar Fighting Styles. Each fighting style has its own unique strategy with exclusive moves and abilities. A brand-new Struggle Submission System gives players intuitive and natural control over their WWE Superstars using the analog sticks. Realism and strategy are at the forefront, as players can now control the amount of pressure they apply. WWE 24/7 Mode, which combines the popular Season and General Manager modes, embraces the intensity of the Superstar lifestyle. Multiple character development options, stat tracking and career goals guide players toward the ultimate achievement of becoming a WWE Legend. In addition, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 includes numerous fan-requested updates, including new rosters, more environmental hotspots, improved out-of-ring action and much more.
More information about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 can be found at www.smackdownvsraw.com and www.thq.com.
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