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'Kuju' To Develop 'Warhammer 40K' (PS2) For THQ

by Patrick on May 13, 2002 @ 3:21 p.m. PDT

Kuju Entertainment is delighted to announce that it has signed a contract with THQ Inc. to develop the first ever, fully licensed Warhammer 40,000 game for the PS2. In securing the project, Kuju Entertainment fought off stiff competition from approximately 30 other developers, a feat which serves as a glowing tribute to the company's incredible pool of talent and its growing stature within the games industry.

Ian Baverstock, Business Development Director of Kuju Entertainment enthused, "We're honoured that THQ has chosen us from so many potential developers to work on what is obviously an incredibly high profile game. The whole company's thrilled to be working with the Warhammer 40,000 licence - it's an exciting opportunity for us to show exactly what we're capable of."

Grant Dean, Director of European Product Development at THQ, added, "When we announced late last year that we were searching for a developer for the Warhammer 40,000 project we had no idea we'd get the response that we did. With the sheer amount of development talent out there, we found Kuju Entertainment stood head and shoulders above the rest. The company's appreciation of the Warhammer 40,000 world, and vision and understanding of how to maximise its potential on the PlayStation 2 made it an easy choice for this exciting project. We're very much looking forward to working with Kuju on realising its vision and creating a game that challenges experienced Warhammer 40,000 fans while being open enough for newcomers."

“We are very happy with the appointment of Kuju as the developer of the first game to come out of our long term strategic partnership with THQ on our Warhammer 40,000 property,” said Jon Gillard, Head of Business Development for Games Workshop. “We were very impressed with the originality, quality and raw ability behind their design vision, and feel sure that they have the enthusiasm and passion for our worlds that will deliver the fantastic experience we know this game will be.”

THQ's exclusive licence with Games Workshop, owner of Warhammer 40,000, guarantees Kuju's talented development team access to all the characters, races that make up the popular tabletop science fiction wargame. In addition the creators and designers from Games Workshop are giving invaluable input to the game. This unprecedented level of access and cooperation, together with Kuju's own exciting ideas and ambitions for the PS2 game will provide a winning combination for a smash-hit game.

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