We think we can all agree that it was pretty weird (but in a strangely sensible way) when peripheral company Mad Catz announced that it had started a development studio, ThunderHawk Studios. Right? Weird?

Okay, now Mad Catz has announced its first game as publisher (not counting MC Groovz), and it's not a ThunderHawk game. War Wings: Hell Catz is a flight combat game developed by Trickstar Games and planned for release next year. It'll be the first in a series of games "that will explore critical eras in aviation combat."

Mad Catz did not name any platforms, nor did it show off media. We'll no doubt learn more during E3.
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Mad Catz(R) To Unveil War Wings: Hell Catz(TM) At E3
New Game the First of a Planned Series of Aviation Combat Titles
SAN DIEGO, Jun 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today that it will unveil a new game titled War Wings: Hell Catz at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California. War Wings: Hell Catz is being developed by Trickstar Games and published by Mad Catz and is expected to launch in 2012. War Wings: Hell Catz is planned to be the first installment in a series of War Wings(TM) games that will explore critical eras in aviation combat.

"The War Wings series of games, alongside the ThunderHawk Studios(TM) MMO game development initiative, should further leverage the market share leadership and global distribution enjoyed by our flight simulation hardware products," said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "The launch of War Wings: Hell Catz will mark an important milestone as we pursue our longer term goal of expanding our participation in developing, publishing and distributing games."

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About Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed primarily under its Mad Catz(R) (casual gaming), Cyborg(TM) (pro gaming), Tritton(R) (gaming audio), Saitek(R) (simulation), and Eclipse(TM) (home and office) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios(TM); operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; operates a videogame content website under its GameShark(R) brand; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. Mad Catz distributes its products through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com.

About TrickStar Games

Trickstar Games is one of Australia's most experienced games development studios. Founded in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, Trickstar Games is a core assembly of some of the best development talent in the country. The Trickstar team's long history of working together, developing and delivering successful flight & sports titles has ensured a strong bond within the studio. The team has established a solid production pipeline and have made quality the foundation of the studio. For additional information please go to www.trickstargames.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.