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THQ Brings Japanese Hit Game to U.S. Market With "The Granstream Saga".

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 1998--THQ Inc. (Nasdaq NMS:THQI) Tuesday announced that it has signed an agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. of Japan to publish and distribute "The Granstream Saga" for the Sony PlayStation.

The game is scheduled for release in North America in the second quarter of 1998.

"The Granstream Saga" represents the first in a series of role-playing games (RPGs) that THQ plans to introduce over the next couple of years. It features real-time fighting action and quality animations, intertwined with an epic storyline that takes place in a fantasy world of futuristic knights, pirates and princesses.

"The Granstream Saga" is being developed by the reknowned RPG hit-maker, Arc Entertainment, formerly known as The Akagawa Group, housed at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in Tokyo.

In addition to the classic RPG elements of the occult, puzzle-solving and rich character development, the game incorporates a unique interactive battle capability that features both weapons and magic.

"The Granstream Saga" was released in Japan in December 1997 and debuted as the No. 1-selling videogame on the PlayStation.

"The role-playing genre is a top-selling game category, and we are pleased to bring a game of the quality of `The Granstream Saga' to the U.S. market," said Brian J. Farrell, president and chief executive officer, THQ.

"This is another example of our close ties and strong relationships with developers and publishers in Japan which allow us excellent opportunities to add to our diverse product line."

Sony Computer Entertainment, based in Tokyo, distributes and markets the PlayStation game console, as well as develops and publishes software for the PlayStation game console worldwide. The company's Web site is located at www.sony.com.

THQ is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms, including PC CD ROM and those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony and Sega.

THQ has headquarters in Calabasas, and is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol THQI. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com.

CONTACT: THQ Inc., Calabasas

Aimee Greenholtz, 818/223-3116 (media relations)

Deborah Lake, 818/591-1310 (investor relations)
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