THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, the latest addition to their multi-million unit selling World Wrestling Entertainment videogame franchise. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, marks the third installment in the highly successful SmackDown! Series. According to NPD TRST, the SmackDown! series has sold more than 4.7 million units on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 in North America since 1999. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain features all the action, excitement and attitude of World Wrestling Entertainment and is scheduled for release this fall.
"WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will feature several new gameplay enhancements, such as a new submission system, player-specific grappling mechanics and a countering system that will improve the overall dynamics every match," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president of North American sales and distribution, THQ. "We're confident that WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will continue to strengthen our position as the premier publisher of wrestling games on all major console systems."
"The SmackDown! franchise has been highly successful and our top-selling titles to date," commented Nelo Lucich, vice president interactive, JAKKS Pacific. "WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain features the largest arsenal of WWE superstars available in one game with the most accurate finishing moves and electrifying action we've seen so far in a WWE game."
About WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain
Developed by Yuke's Co., Ltd. of Japan, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain showcases more than 55 WWE Superstars including, Brock Lesnar, Scott Steiner, Rey Mysterio and Goldberg. The game includes an all-new story mode that is being created exclusively by WWE writers depicting both fictitious story paths and classic WWE moments. The overall gameplay has been enhanced and features real-life attributes of strength, submission, technique, speed and stamina. These new attributes will allow players to wear down their opponents and take advantage of each Superstar's unique abilities and extensive move sets. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain's TV-style presentation will also be enhanced with new dynamic camera angles, improved audio, Superstar voiceovers, realistic animations and improved arena and crowd elements.