AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 5: THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced that industry veteran Tarrnie Williams has been named general manager of Relic Entertainment. In this role, Williams will oversee Relic's day-to-day operations and all product development activities at the studio. Relic is a recognized innovator in the development of real-time strategy (RTS) and action games for Windows PC and next-generation consoles.
Williams has more than 16 years of production, design, and management experience in the interactive entertainment industry. For the last year, he has been executive producer on all Relic's titles, including the highly anticipated RTS Company of Heroes TM and the award-winning Warhammer ® 40,000: Dawn of War TM franchise. Prior to joining Relic, Williams held several positions at Electronic Arts, most recently as senior producer of many key titles, including the Medal of Honor franchise.
Williams will report directly to Jack Sorenson, THQ's executive vice president of worldwide studios, and is assuming his new role effective immediately.
"Relic consistently raises the bar in RTS development, pushing the genre forward with groundbreaking game-play innovation," said Sorenson. "Tarrnie's industry experience and extensive knowledge of Relic's key franchises is an invaluable asset, and will help ensure the studio's continued growth and excellence."
For more information on Relic Entertainment, please visit www.relic.com.
About Relic Entertainment
Founded in 1997 and acquired by THQ in 2004, Relic Entertainment is a leader in the development of innovative real-time strategy games for PC and console. Relic's first title, "Homeworld" (1999), was received to widespread acclaim, garnering several "Game of the Year" and "Strategy Game of the Year" awards from major industry publications including PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Since then, Relic has released "Homeworld: Cataclysm" (2000, co-developed with Barking Dog Studios), "Impossible Creatures" (2003), "Homeworld 2" (2003) and "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War" (2004), which won numerous accolades including "Strategy Game of the Year" from Computer Gaming World. Today, Relic is building on this legacy by developing multiple groundbreaking Windows PC and next-gen console projects in the RTS and action genres. "Company of Heroes", the studio's next RTS, has won numerous awards and will be shipping to retail worldwide on September 14, 2006.
THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ is a top producer of original intellectual properties including titles such as Destroy All Humans! ® , Juiced TM , MX vs. ATV and Titan Quest TM as well as the upcoming Saints Row TM and Company of Heroes More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, Relic Entertainment, Company of Heroes, Destroy All Humans!, Juiced, MX vs. ATV, Saints Row, Titan Quest, and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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