CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Aug. 26: THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) and SEGA Europe today announced a co-publishing agreement for Gunstar Future Heroes for the Game Boy® Advance in all territories excluding North America and Asia. Scheduled to ship in Fall 2005, Gunstar Future Heroes is part of THQ and SEGA's multi-title exclusive publishing agreement. Known as Gunstar Super Heroes in North America, the game was received with tremendous critical acclaim at E3 2005, boasting IGN's "GBA Game of E3", "Best GBA Action Game of E3" and "Best GBA Game Graphics of E3" as well as GameSpot's "Best GBA Game of E3".
"We're excited to be working with SEGA to bring Gunstar Future Heroes to PAL territories," said Ian Curran, Senior Vice President, European Publishing. "The game has an incredibly well-respected legacy and with Treasure once again taking charge of the development, we know we that we have a genre-defining product to bring to market."
"THQ continues to be a great partner for SEGA and our outstanding GBA line up," commented Matt Woodley, Creative Director SEGA Europe and America. "Gunstar Future Heroes deserves to be a huge success and with THQ's unrivalled understanding of the GBA market I'm sure it will be."
About Gunstar Future Heroes
Sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed 2D games of all time, Gunstar Future Heroes sees its heroes, Red and Blue, fighting a desperate struggle to prevent a stone of great power from falling into the hands of an evil empire; an empire intent on resurrecting the nefarious God of Ruin. With both characters taking on the same adventure using different paths the explosive, the action-packed story changes depending on the chosen difficulty, giving the player the ultimate choice of six routes through the game. The player will hurtle through six action-packed levels using a variety of explosive weaponry including rapid-fire machine guns and lasers.
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
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 sells product through its global network of offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
Game Boy Advance is a trademark or registered trademark of Nintendo Of America Inc.
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