CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Feb 19, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Game Design Veterans Eurocom Take the Character-Based, Action-Adventure Genre to New Heights With Superior Technology and Refined Gameplay THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI)
today unveiled Sphinx (working title) -- an original interactive adventure game.
Developed for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo(R)
Gamecube(TM) by game design veterans Eurocom Entertainment Software, Sphinx
takes the character-based, action-adventure genre to new heights with
sophisticated gameplay mechanics, original character designs, amazing visuals
and superior technology. Eurocom has created successful titles based on some of
the strongest intellectual properties in the world of entertainment including
Crash Bandicoot, James Bond, Hercules and Disney's Tarzan. Sphinx is an entirely
original property inspired by the mythology of ancient Egypt and is Eurocom's
most ambitious project to date. Sphinx is scheduled to ship in fall 2003.
"It is THQ's goal to partner with the top creative talent in the interactive
entertainment industry and the team at Eurocom is exactly that," said Alison
Locke, executive vice president, North American publishing, THQ. "Sphinx has the
potential to be something very special. With its incredible visual style and
unsurpassed gameplay, we feel that Sphinx could be one of the defining games for
this generation of consoles and beyond."
"Eurocom have been privileged to work with many of the richest characters and
worlds in the entertainment industry. We are thrilled to partner with publishing
powerhouse THQ and use our experience to create our own successful entertainment
franchise," said Mat Sneap, Company Director, Eurocom. "Sphinx will engage
players with rich and compelling gameplay, and our proprietary animation system
brings a level of expressivity to the characters and worlds not seen before in
an interactive experience."
Sphinx is an enchanting adventure filled with mystery, action and a deep,
compelling storyline. The game is set in an entirely original universe that is
styled upon ancient Egypt where players will embark on an epic quest exploring
new worlds, uncovering dark secrets, interacting with hundreds of fantastic
creatures and discovering new abilities. Traveling the world via magic portals
to foil the evil plans of Set, players will guide Sphinx on a journey requiring
all his wits, agility and special powers in an attempt to find the stolen
mystical crowns of Egypt.
To view the first screenshots of Sphinx visit www.thq.com/sphinx. About THQ
THQ Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM,
wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America
Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ web site is located at www.thq.com. The
THQ Wireless site is located at www.thqwireless.com. THQ and its logo are
registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections
about THQ's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management.
These statements are not guarantees of THQ's future performance or the
performance of Sphinx, and involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions that
are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ
materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking
statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those
described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ's products,
including Sphinx, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the
impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the
integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be
affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive
software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions.
Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in the
Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on August 16, 2002. A copy of this filing may be obtained by
contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak
only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any
obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or
circumstances after the date of this release.
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CONTACT: THQ, Inc.
Reilly Brennan (Media Relations), 818/871-5119
Julie MacMedan (Investor Relations), 818/871-5095
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