In a move that will surprise absolutely no-one, THQ have announced that wrestling maniacs will once again get to play with sweaty men and busty women this Fall with WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009.
The new title promises a brand new tag team experience which will allow players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the “hot tag” for the win. Create-A-Finisher returns, along with a new Road to WrestleMania Mode which will pave the way to WWE’s biggest event of the year and will let players experience co-op storylines for the first time. Online play will of course return, with the highly anticipated debut of downloadable content also on the way.
Bob Aniello, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ had this to say:
“The ambitious cross-platform launch of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 last year yielded tremendous growth for the franchise, as we delivered multiple gameplay experiences across seven platforms and greatly expanded our audience of WWE videogame fans. With dynamic new features and the extension of our gameplay experience through downloadable content, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will bring more console, handheld and wireless gamers together to enjoy the virtual world of WWE.”
Said Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific:
“We are tremendously excited about the next groundbreaking release in the billion dollar WWE SmackDown vs. Raw videogame franchise. Downloadable content, innovative experiences with tag teams and a new Create-A-Finisher feature, along with significant annual improvements across all platforms, combine to bring the sports entertainment experience to new heights and gratify our long-time fans, casual gamers and franchise newcomers alike.”
Much like EA with Madden, THQ will be publishing the game on a multitude of systems, so no-one can miss out on the latest wrestling experience.