E3 06: THQ queues up E3 games

Wii, 360 Cars take pole position for publisher; Saints Row playable for first time on Xbox 360, WWE vs. Raw 2007 also on display. Video chat with CEO Brian Farrell inside.

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Throughout the transition between current- and next-gen consoles, THQ CEO Brian Farrell has emphasized the importance of digging into the next generation and getting a firm foothold. If the company's E3 lineup is any indication, it's poised to do just that.

The Agoura Hills, California-based publisher today revealed that nine next-generation titles on all of the "Big Three" next-gen platforms will be on display in some form in THQ's booth, located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Leading the pack are the previously unannounced and heavily rumored Xbox 360 and Wii versions of Cars, based on the Pixar Studios movie of the same name. The game, which is also being released for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, DS, Game Boy Advance, and PC, will be released in June on current-generation consoles and in the fall for next-gen consoles.

Saints Row, the thugged-out Xbox 360 banger from Volition, will be playable for the first time at the convention. Also making a debut is WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007; however, it is unclear whether the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will be shown. Other next-gen games prepped for the expo include MotoGP '06, GTR, Frontlines: Fuel of War, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Creature From the Krusty Krab.

A full list of THQ's E3 games with current release dates is below:

Saints Row - Xbox 360 (fall 2006)
Frontlines: Fuel of War - Xbox 360, PS3, PC (2007)
The Sopranos - Xbox 360, PS2 (fall 2006)
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 - PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP (fall 2006)
MotoGP '06 - Xbox 360 (spring 2006)
GTR - Xbox 360 (spring 2007)
Cars - Xbox 360, Wii (fall 2006), PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, PSP, PC, DS, Mac (June 2006)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab - Wii, PS2, GameCube, GBA, PC, DS (fall 2006)
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Wii, PS2, GameCube, Xbox, GBA, DS, PSP, PC (fall 2006)
Supreme Commander - PC (early 2007)
Company of Heroes - PC (fall 2006)
Titan Quest - PC (summer 2006)
Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War - Dark Crusade - PC (fall 2006)
Destroy All Humans! 2 - Xbox, PS2 (fall 2006)
Monster House - PS2, GameCube, GBA, DS (July 2006)
Bratz: Forever Diamondz - PS2, GameCube, PC, DS, GBA (fall 2006)
Barnyard - PS2, GameCube, GBA, PC (July 2006)
Juiced: Eliminator - PSP (June 2006)
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker - DS, GBA (summer 2006)

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