THQ and Games Workshop today announced a multi-year extension to their successful video game license agreement, extending THQ's current exclusive rights to publish video games based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 universe through titles across all relevant platforms including core, social and mobile rights.
Since entering the licensing agreement with Games Workshop, THQ has published several highly successful titles based on the intellectual property (IP), including the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War real-time-strategy games for PC systems that have shipped 6.5 million units to date. Two fresh interpretations of the Warhammer 40,000 IP are currently in development by THQ: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine- a third-person shooter for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC set to release later this year - and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online, a massively multiplayer online game exploring the deep fiction and myriad races of the IP.
"The complex, futuristic war-torn universe created by Games Workshop equipped THQ's award-winning development teams with the material to create one of the most loved PC franchises - Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War," said Brian Farrell, THQ President and CEO. "Our envisioning of the Warhammer 40,000 universe will continue to grow with top quality games across all platforms, including the upcoming launches of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online."
"The impressive translation of the Warhammer 40,000 universe from the tabletop to the video game space by THQ certainly highlights the potential of our most successful intellectual property in the right hands," said Mark Wells, Games Workshop CEO. "We know that the depth of the storylines, characters and imagery of the Warhammer 40,000 universepositions the IP to excel across many media platforms - and extending our agreement with THQ will help ensure that Warhammer 40,000 maintains a strong and growing presence in the video game space."
Games Workshop Ltd (LSE:GAW.L) is the world's largest tabletop hobby wargames company. Based in Nottingham, UK, it designs, manufactures and distributes its range of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games, miniature soldiers, novels and model kits through more than 389 of its own Hobby centers, mail order, Internet and independent retail channels in over nine languages through more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at http://www.games-workshop.com.
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