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Blizzard Entertainment Sells Rights to Pax Imperia II

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Irvine, CA, August 6th, 1996 -- Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the company has sold all rights for Pax Imperia 2 to THQ, Inc., a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for PC and console systems.

Blizzard sold the rights as part of THQ's recent acquisition of Heliotrope Studios, Pax Imperia's developer. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Said Allen Adham, president and founder of Blizzard Entertainment, "We recognized that Pax Imperia was a strategic element of THQ's acquisition of Heliotrope, and we felt that selling the rights to the game was in the best interest of everyone involved. THQ and Heliotrope now have the opportunity to complete development of Pax Imperia 2, and we can focus our attention and resources on our upcoming titles."

Blizzard titles under development include Diablo, a role-playing game, scheduled for release this fall, and Starcraft, a real-time strategy game of interstellar combat, due out this winter.

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Blizzard Entertainment is a premier publisher of next-generation entertainment software. The company's Warcraft II title has sold nearly one million copies worldwide and has earned top industry honors including Game of the Year. Blizzard is a division of Davidson & Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CUC International, Inc.

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