THQ Announces New Legends for Xbox

 

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Reilly
Brennan THQ/Media Relations 818/ 871-5119

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

 

THQ
ANNOUNCES NEW LEGENDS FOR XBOX

 

Groundbreaking
Action-Adventure Game To Kick Off THQ’s Product Line for Xbox This Fall

 

CALABASAS
HILLS, Calif., April 12, 2001 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced
the company is preparing its combat-driven, action-adventure game New Legends
to be among the first wave of titles for the Xbox™ video game system from
Microsoft. New Legends reaffirms THQ’s commitment to publishing original and
innovative software content for future-generation video game systems. The game
will be available at retail alongside Xbox in fall 2001.

 

Currently
in development by Infinite Machine, Inc. in Berkeley, CA, New Legends will
transport Xbox owners to a futuristic China gripped in war. Technology and
mysticism have blended to create a rich and dangerous world divided into the
feudal lands of the ancient past as humans, demons, and gods roam the
territories. As Sun Soo, the game’s lead character, players will battle to
free their homeland using a variety of weapons and fighting skills. New
Legends is the brainchild of Infinite Machine president and acclaimed game
designer Justin Chin, creator of the critically praised and best selling* PC
title Jedi Knight™.

 

“It
is THQ’s initiative to partner with the top development talent in the
industry to build new and original game franchises,” said Alison Locke,
executive vice president, North American Publishing, THQ. “We believe New
Legends will have a significant impact on Xbox and further demonstrates THQ’s
commitment to being a leader in technology and game development.”

 

“Working
with THQ has allowed us to focus the development cycle of New Legends first
and foremost on quality,” said Justin Chin, president of Infinite Machine.
“New Legends is an innovative and groundbreaking title that truly pushes the
boundaries of interactive action and we expect the game to fully showcase the
power of Xbox.”

 

In
New Legends, the action is intense and the adventure is high as the game
focuses on cinematic combat coupled with an engaging storyline. Players will
approach battle with the style and skill of a master martial artist, with the
ability to wield two weapons at once while performing dramatic attacks and a
selection of specialized moves. Blades and bullets will clash, as players are
able to choose from a variety of defensive, ranged, and melee weapons.

New
Legends is one of the most highly-anticipated titles currently in development
for Xbox and editors at GamePro magazine say: “this game’s pedigree is
topnotch.” Gamespot comments: “there is a lot of proprietary technology
going into New Legends to make it look amazing.” Electronic Gaming Monthly
asks its readers: “what console launch would be complete without a strong
action/adventure title to usher it in?”

 

THQ
has also announced WWF® Raw is War™ for Xbox. Additional products are also
in development. For more information on THQ’s 2001 line up, visit www.thq.com.

 

About
Xbox 

Xbox
is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers new and
unforseen gameplay experiences. With more than three times the graphics
performance of the newest generation of game systems, Xbox unleashes game
designers’ creativity to produce games that are challenging, exhilarating,
surprising, and fun.

 

About
THQ 

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, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ site is located at www.thq.com.

 

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Data 1998 – 2000

 

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