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'Summoner 2' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Thomas on Aug. 28, 2002 @ 4:23 p.m. PDT

THQ Inc. today 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 Consumers can also sign-up for a free interactive PlayStation 2 demo at, 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

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 The THQ Wireless site is located at

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about THQ's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of THQ's future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ's products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in THQ's Prospectus dated March 26, 2002 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2002. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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