THQ Inc. today announced exclusive worldwide publishing rights to the Juiced franchise, the highly anticipated street racing property by Juice Games. THQ submitted the winning bid for the property, which was approved on October 6, 2004 by an order of the U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing the Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings of Acclaim Entertainment. Acclaim Entertainment had previously held the rights to the Juiced property. Subject to final contract and certain closing conditions, THQ plans to release Juiced for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and PC in summer 2005.
“We are very excited to have secured the rights to this strategic, highly sought after intellectual property,” said Jack Sorensen, executive vice president of worldwide studios, THQ. “The team is off to a great start and now has the time to build Juiced into one of the premiere brands in street racing.”