Legendary Character from Robert E. Howard Original Stories Takes
on New Challenge in Epic Action Adventure
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2007--THQ Inc.
(NASDAQ:THQI) today announced plans to bring the renowned Conan(R)
brand to the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft and PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system. Conan
marks the first product in THQ's multi-year licensing agreement to
develop interactive games based on the popular character brought to
life in Robert E. Howard's original stories. The Conan video game is
expected to make its next generation debut in early 2008.
The Conan video game joins a robust lineup of licensed products
for the Conan brand, which is currently celebrating the 75th
anniversary of its first published story. In addition to the video
game, Conan is also recognized for its brand extensions with popular
action figures, motion pictures, collectible trading cards and more
than 800 comic books.
"The strength and diversity of the Conan brand lends itself
extremely well to the interactive format," said Jack Sorensen,
executive vice president, worldwide studios, THQ. "Through intense
combat, familiar environments and next generation visuals, we believe
Conan fans and action adventure enthusiasts alike are certain to
embrace this future addition to the Conan universe."
"The Conan brand has captured the hearts of dedicated fans for 75
years," said Fredrik Malmberg, President and CEO, Paradox
Entertainment. "We have enjoyed tremendous success with our brand
extensions and look forward to working with THQ to bring this upcoming
chapter of Conan's ambitious journey to a video game format."
Developed by Nihilistic Software, Conan is an action adventure
video game featuring a story of epic brutality, sheer evil and
visceral combat. Players will follow the journey of Conan the
Cimmerian as he fights a vicious battle against a variety of enemies
and an elusive power that threatens to consume the Hyborian world.
Playing as Conan, players will take advantage of a deep and gratifying
combat system that offers a variety of deadly weapons, fighting styles
and interactive environments to battle hordes of enemies. In addition,
the Conan video game will harness next generation hardware to deliver
a cinematic game play experience, complete with special effects,
lighting and a powerful, epic soundtrack, to capture the essence of
the Conan universe.
More information about the Conan video game can be found at
About Paradox Entertainment AB
Paradox Entertainment AB owns, develops and licenses numerous
character-based properties directly through its various subsidiaries.
The company owns rights to the writings of pulp fiction author Robert
E. Howard, including works featuring characters such as Conan(R),
Kull(TM), Bran Mak Morn(TM), and Solomon Kane(TM). Paradox also owns
the self-created property Mutant Chronicles(R). Industries exploiting
the company property portfolio include film, TV, book, comics,
videogame, Internet/mobile/wireless, toys, apparel, and more. The
business is mainly conducted through the subsidiary Paradox
Entertainment Inc., based in Los Angeles, USA. Paradox Entertainment
AB is being traded on the NGM Equity list (PDXE, SE0000598054) in
About THQ Inc.
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interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products
for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.
Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product
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CONTACT: THQ/Media Relations
Jaime Jensen, 818-871-5111
Julie MacMedan, 818-871-5125
Paradox Entertainment/Investor Relations
Joakim Zetterberg, 323-655-1708
SOURCE: THQ Inc.