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THQ and Big Huge Games Announce Development Agreement

Famed Designer Ken Rolston to Lead Next-Generation Role-Playing Game Project

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2007--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that it has entered into a development agreement with Big Huge Games for a brand new Role-Playing Game (RPG) scheduled for release on the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in 2009.

Ken Rolston, whose most recent design accolades include Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTM and Elder Scrolls III; MorrowindTM, is a 25-year RPG design veteran. He began his career with popular pen and paper RPG's Paranoia and Rune Quest and has gone on to create the highest rated, top selling RPG games across every relevant gaming platform. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion topped the sales charts in North America, as well as every major European market following the franchise debut in March, 2006.

"THQ has built its business by identifying the right content to compete and win in the genres gamers are most passionate about," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing, THQ. "Partnering with Ken Rolston and the rest of the team at Big Huge Games is a major win for THQ and marks a bold, first move into the traditional Role-Playing Game space."

"We've wanted to do an RPG for years and I think we have a great direction that will knock everyone's socks off," said Tim Train, president and COO of Big Huge Games. "THQ's ability to create and grow new intellectual properties, and their reputation for fantastic developer support, made them the ideal partner to bring our dream game to market."

"I'm flabbergasted by the talent, craft and boundless energy of the Big Huge Games team," said Ken Rolston, lead designer, Big Huge Games. "In such splendid company, I'm privileged to embark on a bold pilgrimage to create a refreshingly original RPG experience. I know eager game fans will share our excitement as we reveal further details in the coming months."

About Big Huge Games

Founded by four veteran game developers who together have brought strategy gamers such classic hits as Rise of Nations®, Alpha Centauri®, and Civilization II®, Big Huge Games is a video game studio focused on cutting-edge technology and aimed at mass-market game development. Big Huge Games founders Brian Reynolds, Jason Coleman, David Inscore and Tim Train continue in the tradition of creating inspired and innovative games for PC and next-generation consoles. Creating games that have received numerous "Game of the Year" awards and accolades, Big Huge Games is headquartered in Timonium, Maryland. For more information about Big Huge Games, please visit www.bighugegames.com.

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of 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 is a top producer of original intellectual properties including Destroy All Humans!®, Juiced, MX vs ATV, Saints RowTM, Company of HeroesTM and upcoming Stuntman®: IgnitionTM and FrontlinesTM: Fuel of WarTM. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, Company of Heroes, Destroy All Humans!, Juiced, MX vs. ATV, Saints Row, Stuntman: Ignition, Frontlines: Fuel of War, and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ"), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the development agreement with Big Huge Games and are based upon management's current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ's financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2006, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.


    CONTACT: THQ Inc.
             Liz Pieri, 818-871-5061 (Communications)
             Julie MacMedan, 818-871-5125 (Investor Relations)

    SOURCE: THQ Inc.

 
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