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Most Innovative Design on the PlayStation 2
IGN's PS2 Best of E3 2002 Awards are out and Alter Echo has been voted Most Innovative Design on the PS2 platform at this year's E3!

Here's what IGN had to say about Alter Echo:
Outrage's entirely new action-adventure game offers an mixture of unusual art design while presenting a hard-core interpretation of combat and action. You can switch from between three wholly different characters while fighting the same enemy, juggling them in between with unique powers and attacks. The innovation lies in the variation of attacks, but also in the oddball Simon-says special attacks that feels like a Parappa game and play like, well, like not much more before it. The entire package, along with the sleek but pulsating backgrounds and excellent animation push this forward as the most innovative PS2 game of E3 and a title to keep a close eye for this fall.

See the PS2 Best of E3 2002 Awards at IGN
Go to the Alter Echo website


CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. - May 14, 2002 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced that it will unveil Alter Echo™ at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Developed by THQ studio Outrage® Games, Alter Echo is an innovative action game that lets players morph between three combat modes and alter time with pioneering TimeDilation™ technology. A revolutionary PostFX™ camera system intensifies the action with spectacular visual effects that heighten the drama of every combo and special attack. Alter Echo is scheduled for release on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft in early 2003.

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THQ Adds Outrage Entertainment to Its Internal Studio Roster;
New Studio, Cranky Pants Games, Also Announced
4/4/02 5:40 AM
Source: Business Wire

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 4, 2002--THQ Inc.
(NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that it has added gaming veteran Outrage Entertainment to its internal studio roster. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the team at Outrage(R) Entertainment is best known for its PC gaming roots at Parallax Software, creators of "Descent." The studio is currently developing an original action game for PlayStation(R) 2 and Xbox(TM) that THQ plans to unveil at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this May.

THQ also announced that it has opened a game development studio in Seattle, Washington, that will focus on console development. The studio, Cranky Pants Games(TM), is currently working on a Nintendo GameCube(TM) project scheduled for release in 2003.

"Securing top creative talent is one of the keys to fostering continued growth for THQ," stated Jack Sorensen, executive vice president, Worldwide Studios. "We are thrilled to be executing on our strategy of bolstering our internal game development with the leading original content and technology creators at Outrage. Our internal development expertise now rivals that of every industry leader with more than 300 programmers, artists and designers spread across the globe."

"Very few publishers have the reputation and outlook for growth that THQ does," stated Matt Toschlog, general manager, Outrage. "We're delighted to be a part of that growth and we look forward to being able to focus on making great games."

"THQ has consistently demonstrated a commitment to quality entertainment and growth," stated David Bollesen, general manager, Cranky Pants Games. "Teaming up with THQ to bring first-class products on the next-generation game consoles is something we are really excited about."

THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices and those manufactured by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The THQ Web site is located at

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