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SUMMONER 2

 THQ and Volition Set To Bring Summoner 2 To Playstation 2

Sequel to Top-Selling Role Playing Game Receiving Critical Praise for Original Story and Enhanced Graphics

"The Interview", A Follow Up to the Original "Summoner Geeks" Comedy Sketch, Available for Download

August 2002 (Newstream) -- THQ® Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) on August 28 announced that development on its highly anticipated action, role-playing title, Summoner® 2 for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system is complete. Summoner 2, the sequel to one of the top-selling PlayStation 2 launch titles, Summoner, is scheduled to ship on September 13. Developed by THQ's studio, Volition®, creators of Red Faction®, Summoner 2 features an enhanced game engine, stunning graphics, an intense real-time combat system and a compelling storyline.

Summoner 2 was recently on display at the annual GenCon role-playing game convention in Milwaukee and has been receiving high praise from both the videogame community and the mainstream press:

  • "...Summoner 2 is well on its way to being one of those 'must-play' games coming out this fall." - GameSpy
  • "...ablaze with compelling dialogue, a great story and excellent execution." - Play Magazine
  • "Summoner 2 promises to be an epic RPG on a grand scale." - PSE2 Magazine
  • "Summoner 2 should give Volition and THQ a chance to show off an impressive RPG, and make a big name for the Summoner series." - IGN

THQ and Volition have also released "The Interview", a follow up to the hugely popular "Summoner Geeks" comedy sketch. "The Interview" is a humorous look into the minds of video game characters as the cast of Summoner 2 talks about their "real life" experiences in making the game. "The Interview" is available for download at www.summoner2.com. Consumers can also sign-up for a free interactive PlayStation 2 demo at www.summoner2.com, while supplies last.

About Summoner 2

In Summoner 2, players guide Maia, Queen of the Halassar, and a host of unique party members through an original fantasy universe inspired by literature, folklore and mythology. Players travel to more than 30 exotic and imaginative locales, from the tropical isle of Teomura to the bizarre and dreamlike City of Masks. Players may fully customize their party with their own set of skills and spells. Summoner 2 features a complex, character-driven storyline, hundreds of skills and spells, and an all new, real-time combat system that breaks the mold for traditional RPGs.

For more information, artwork and to view weekly updates on the game's development please visit www.summoner2.com.

About Volition

Located in Champaign, Illinois, Volition is one of THQ's premier internal game development studios responsible for high-end creations on next generation systems and PC. Its credits include the best-selling Red Faction, the original Summoner, the acclaimed Freespace and Freespace 2, as well as the award-winning Descent and Descent 2 as a part of Parallax Software.

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.