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THQ And Games Workshop Extend Warhammer 40,000 License Agreement

by Rainier on April 26, 2011 @ 3:49 a.m. PDT

THQ and Games Workshop announced a multi-year extension to their video game license agreement, extending THQ’s current exclusive rights to publish video games based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe through titles across all relevant platforms.

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 Warreal-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, PS3 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.”

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