THQ cooking up Ratatouille
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Besides its WWE and Nickelodeon games, THQ's most successful license is its adaptations of the computer-animated blockbusters from Pixar. In August 2004, the publisher and the animation studio signed a deal that would give THQ rights to make games based on Pixar's next four films. The deal certainly paid off, as THQ claims that, to date, it has shipped 25 million units of games based on various Pixar offerings.
Following the success of games based on The Incredibles and Cars--the latter of which was singled out in a recent upbeat earnings report--THQ today announced it will also be adapting Pixar's 2007 feature, Ratatouille. Cowritten and directed by Incredibles creator Brad Bird, the comedy tells the tale of a young gastronome who dreams of becoming a famous Parisian chef. Unfortunately, the budding cook also happens to be a rat--a fact which bars him from working in most restaurants' kitchens.
As one would expect given its release date, Ratatouille will be released for all three next-gen systems: The Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It is also set to come to the PlayStation 2, GameCube, PlayStation Portable, DS, PC, Macintosh, and Game Boy Advance. Development is being performed at several outlets of THQ's worldwide studio system under the supervision of Heavy Iron Studios (The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer). THQ Wireless is also prepping several mobile phone games based on Ratatouille.
Like its culinary namesake, Ratatouille will apparently be a mix of various genres. According to THQ, it will combine both cooking-based minigames and stealthy platforming, allowing "players to create culinary masterpieces, evade detection from dangerous and often hungry enemies, and brave the perils of the dinner rush."