“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 universe positions 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.”
Warhammer® 40,000® or Warhammer 40K as it is often called has been a dystopian fixture in the role-playing universe since the late 1980’s. The just announced multi-year extension of the agreement between Games Workshop and THQ will bring video gamers that much closer to the 41st millennium in which the game is set.
The agreement, announced Tuesday (26 April, 2011), extends 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 has shipped 6.5 million units to date.
Two fresh interpretation of the Warhammer 40,000 IP are currently in development by THQ. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine™ is a third person shooter for Microsoft’s Xbox 360® video game console system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC scheduled for release in 2011. Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium™ Online, is 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.”