DreamWorks Animation has decided to join forces with THQ in a multi-year, multi-property publishing deal. The announcement was made earlier today, and it includes some interesting changes to the studio’s film slate. One of the main features that will be effected is the upcoming Oobermind, which has been given a new name.
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In the deal, THQ will be granted rights to publish interactive games based on DreamWorks Animation properties for all console and handheld systems, including Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, and wireless devices. This films include Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Puss In Boots, as well as the CG animated television show, The Penguins of Madagascar.
THQ plans to release videogames in conjunction with DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical releases, as follows:
* Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, the sequel to the blockbuster hit, Kung Fu Panda, is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2011.
* Puss In Boots, based on one of the most beloved characters in the “Shrek” universe, is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2011.
* THQ previously announced the rights to publish videogames based on MegaMind (previously known as Oobermind), which is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2010.
Do they think the name Megamind is that much better than Oobermind? Neither of them roll off the tongue with ease, so what’s the big deal? Other than that their agreement sounds pretty sweet. These days every major film, live action or otherwise seems to have a videogame to accompany their theatrical release. Kung Fu Panda might get some buyers but Puss in Boots could be hit or miss.
What do you think of DreamWorks teaming up with THQ?