THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 official game demo is now available for free download via Xbox Live Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. In addition, consumers who pre-order the game at selected retailers can obtain copies of the demo and take advantage of exclusive gift-with-purchase promotions. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is scheduled for a North American release on November 13 for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, the Wii home video game system, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360. The wireless version of the game is slated to launch on various mobile carriers worldwide throughout November.
"Our official game demo and comprehensive North American retail program will allow consumers to embrace WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 in a variety of exclusive ways in the weeks leading up to the official game launch," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "The depth of this campaign demonstrates retail's enthusiasm for the brand as we grow the franchise to seven platforms, giving players multiple ways to enjoy their WWE video game experience."
"The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 playable demo on Xbox Live Marketplace will offer players a taste of what the game has to offer prior to its release this November," said Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. "The new Superstar Fighting Styles and Struggle Submission System significantly enhance gameplay, and players can take advantage of Superstar and arena options from RAW, SmackDown and ECW."
The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 playable demo for Xbox Live Marketplace will allow players to experience exhibition match play using the RAW, SmackDown and ECW arenas. Superstars Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley, Undertaker and Randy Orton are available for battle in both single-player and two-player, head-to-head gameplay. Throughout the demo, players can sample several of the game's new features, including Superstar Fighting Styles and the Struggle Submission System.