Jedi Power Battles Heading to GBA

 

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Kathy
Mendoza THQ/Media Relations 818/ 871-5059

Mary
Nelson Garrett THQ/Investor Relations 818/ 871-5090

Tom
Sarris LucasArts 415/ 444-8222

 

THQ
ANNOUNCES STAR WARS JEDI POWER BATTLES FOR GAME BOY ADVANCE

 

First
Game Boy Advance Star Wars Product Announced Under THQ/LucasArts Publishing
Agreement

 

CALABASAS
HILLS, Calif., – April 30, 2001 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced
Star Wars(r) Jedi Power Battles(tm) for Game Boy(r) Advance. Based on the
popular LucasArts’ property, Star Wars Jedi Power Battles marks the first Game
Boy Advance product announced under THQ’s multi-property publishing agreement
with LucasArts. Currently in development by HotGen Studios, Star Wars Jedi
Power Battles is scheduled for worldwide release fall 2001.

 

"As
the #1 third party Game Boy Color publisher, we are well positioned for
success on Nintendo’s new Game Boy Advance system with 15 titles launching
this year," stated Germaine Gioia, vice president of licensing, THQ.
"We are delighted to be working with LucasArts in bringing Star Wars Jedi
Power Battles for Game Boy Advance to millions of Star Wars enthusiasts and
gamers alike."

 

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"We look forward to Star Wars Jedi Power Battles for Game Boy Advance as
an extension of the successful PlayStation and Dreamcast product
launches," stated Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "THQ’s
proven track record in the handheld arena makes them the ideal Game Boy
Advance publishing partner for LucasArts’ high-profile properties."

 

In
Star Wars Jedi Power Battles, players can battle in single or two-player mode
with the power of the Force as they fight off legions of battle droids,
destroyer droids, assassins and other familiar creatures from the Star Wars
Episode I worlds. True to the Star Wars universe with authentic characters,
locations and weapons, gamers fight as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn or Mace
Windu, all powerful Jedi Knights. Players will fight through 10 exciting
levels of progressively challenging gameplay, gaining power boosts, new moves
and enhanced capabilities. Players will put their Jedi skills to the test as
they help protect the Galactic Republic from the greedy Trade Federation in
Star Wars Jedi Power Battles for Game Boy Advance.

 

LucasArts
Entertainment Company LLC is a leading international developer and publisher
of interactive entertainment software for a variety of computer and console
platforms. Based in San Rafael, Calif., as well as on the Internet at
www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts is one of five companies in the Lucas group which
include Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC, Lucas Licensing Ltd., and
Lucas Learning Ltd. Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and entertainment
companies in the world. Lucasfilm’s businesses include George Lucas’ film and
television production and distribution activities as well as the business
activities of the THX Group. Lucas Digital, which consists of Industrial Light
& Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound, provides visual effects and audio
post-production services to the entertainment industry. Lucas Licensing is
responsible for the merchandising of all Lucasfilm’s film and television
properties. Lucas Learning creates engaging interactive entertainment products
that provide learning opportunities through exploration and discovery. -more-
THQ Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment
software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM,
and those manufactured by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The THQ Web site is
located at www.thq.com.

 

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