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THQ Wireless to Develop First Star Wars Multiplayer Mobile Game

THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. is developing, in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts and developer Mikoishi, the STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE game based on LucasArt's STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, the best-selling STAR WARS game ever.

Unveiled recently at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Ent. tradeshow, the company's biggest multiplayer endeavor to date features the first mobile environment head-to-head gameplay within the STAR WARS universe. STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE will launch on Nov. 1, 2005, exclusively on Cingular Wireless, and is timed with the release of STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH on DVD and LucasArt's release of STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II for the PlayStation2, Xbox, PSP and Windows platforms.

"THQ Wireless has always been committed to creating the highest quality in mobile entertainment," said Tim Walsh, president of THQ Wireless. "By aligning ourselves with LucasArts and Lucasfilm, we are not only bringing their top-selling console game to mobile, but we are creating one of the most ambitious multiplayer mobile games to date, and it is perfectly timed with the next major Star Wars event, the release of EPISODE III on DVD and BATTLEFRONT II on PS2, Xbox, PSP and PC."

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE is one of the most feature-rich multiplayer games ever made for cell phones. Mobile gamers can become a member of either the Confederacy of Independent Systems or the Grand Army of the Republic in the Clone Wars, or choose an allegiance between the Rebel Alliance and the evil Galactic Empire in the Galactic Civil Wars. It features a large-scale territorial combat system in which players can choose from two complete campaigns with more than 75 playable levels. Players can also track the progress of their character and faction in-game using the ranking and award systems.

"This has been an epic year for STAR WARS on wireless phones and STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE is yet another great first," said Casey Collins, dir. of domestic licensing, Lucas Licensing. "Fans of the Battlefront franchise can now experience the great battles, famous locations and planets on their mobile phone, anytime and anywhere."

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE is one of several new multiplayer games being released, resulting from a partnership between THQ Wireless and Singapore-based developer, Mikoishi. The first series of Mikoishi multiplayer games now available from THQ Wireless include METAL UNIT and MAG RACER. These feature head-to-head gaming, game lobbies, in-game chats, high score management, buddy lists, groups and clans, ladders and tournaments, player profiles and contest management.

THQ Wireless (www.thqwireless.com) is one of the early leaders in the mobile space, partnering with some of the world's biggest entertainment and sports brands. In May of 2005, THQ Wireless launched across the globe a full suite of wireless products based on the entire STAR WARS saga including games, ringtones, video clips, screensavers and wallpapers.

Mikoishi (www.mikoishi.com) is a game production and services company specializing in the development and operation of multiplayer games for mobile phones. The company operates its games globally, in partnership with major telcos, publishers, network portals and independent content providers. Mikoishi games offer what the company calls true multiplayer gameplay and extensive community elements all powered by Theatre, Mikoishi's multiplayer gaming technology. Mikoishi games operate on handsets from major phone manufactures such as Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Sharp.

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