GameSpot.com today announced an arrangement with THQ Inc. to bring fans a special live event announcing the virtual talent roster in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011. A selection of community members will be invited to attend the event on September 8 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. PT, with the event broadcast live on GameSpot scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. PT.
The event will allow consumers to see the announcement of the game’s extensive roster of WWE Superstars and WWE Divas. Each group of announcements will be facilitated and commented on by WWE talent. Personalities currently scheduled to appear include WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel, Superstar The Miz and WWE Diva Eve Torres. Attendees on site will also be able to play the game and take part in a unique edition of GameSpot’s “Button Mashing” show, in which they will face off against one another in three rounds playing three classic WWE video games.
Consumers will be able to interact with the live broadcast by utilizing GameSpot’s comment boards or following Twitter with @gamespot to offer their impressions or ask questions of GameSpot’s hosts and WWE guests. “The annual roster reveal for the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw franchise has become a paramount event for our millions of supporters around the world,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Game Brands, THQ. “The opportunity to team up with GameSpot and offer both on-site and online experiences to engage with this year’s announcement represents an exciting step forward in how we showcase compelling content to our collective audiences.”
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will return to action with destiny-defining moments, best-in-class creation tools and the ability for players to have ultimate virtual control of WWE. The game is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and has a scheduled release date in North America of October 26, 2010.