THQ Inc. has announced a new addition to its cover Superstars lineup for WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2011, the upcoming release from the renowned simulation-based cornerstone of the company’s WWE videogame portfolio. WWE Hall of Famer and Canada native Bret “Hit Man” Hart®, WWE Superstar and Canada native Edge® and legendary WWE Superstar Undertaker® will be featured on an exclusive limited edition front cover of the videogame throughout Canada for the Xbox® 360 and PlayStation®3. The new artwork will join previously announced regional covers for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, including WWE Superstars John Cena®, Big Show® and The Miz® on the front cover in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India, as well as WWE Superstars Randy Orton®, Undertaker® and Sheamus® on the front cover available throughout Europe. Additional regional covers are expected to be announced later this year.
“Bret Hart, Edge and Undertaker have played instrumental roles in many of WWE’s most memorable moments,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “WWE has incredible lineage in Canada, and we are pleased to honor these Superstars and our Canadian fans with their own exclusive cover artwork for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011.”
“It is an honor to be featured on the cover of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 and part of a videogame franchise that has become so massive over the years,” said Bret Hart, WWE Hall of Famer. “What really makes this special for me is this cover will be available exclusively in my native country of Canada, and the image captures one of the proudest moments of my career.”
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will empower players more than ever to define their gameplay experiences in a dynamic and ever-changing WWE. Along the way, gameplay scenarios will change based on player decisions, allowing for more spontaneous WWE action in and out of the ring. Players will also enjoy a greater level of interactivity and have increased control of their destinies in the game’s popular Road to WrestleMania story-driven mode.
A hallmark of the franchise, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will deliver its largest offering to date of best-in-class creation and customization features. Players will have more creative tools than ever to customize their WWE Superstars, finishing moves and story designs. In addition, searching and sharing content will be greatly simplified with improvements to the highly regarded WWE Community Creations feature, which generated nearly 10 million downloads, including more than 7.5 million Created WWE Superstars, 500,000 story designs and 500,000 finishing moves in its franchise debut.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will also boast one of the largest rosters in franchise history with more than 70 of today’s prominent WWE Superstars and WWE Divas. Each in-game model will feature new skin textures and movement technology, delivering the most authentic looking and moving WWE Superstars and WWE Divas ever seen in a videogame. In addition, a new physics system will ensure all matches and object interactions look and feel unique, dynamic and unpredictable to capture the full essence of the WWE experience.