WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain announced

THQ confirms that the next game in its popular SmackDown wrestling series will be released exclusively for the PS2 this fall.

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THQ has today confirmed that WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 this fall. The game, which is currently in development at Japan-based Yuke's, will feature more than 55 WWE superstars, including Brock Lesnar, Scott Steiner, Rey Mysterio, and Goldberg. Each of the wrestlers in the game will have realistic attributes for strength, submission, technique, speed, and stamina.

"WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will feature several new gameplay enhancements, such as a new submission system, player-specific grappling mechanics, and a countering system that will improve the overall dynamics every match," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president of North American sales and distribution, THQ. "We're confident that WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will continue to strengthen our position as the premier publisher of wrestling games on all major console systems."

WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will be the first game in the series to feature a story mode created exclusively by WWE writers. Details of the storyline are being kept under wraps at present, but THQ has revealed that it will incorporate both fictitious story paths and classic WWE moments.

We'll bring you more information on WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, which is currently scheduled for release this fall, as soon as it becomes available.

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