Warhammer 40,000 game license extended

THQ, Games Workshop renew long-standing exclusive agreement in "multi-year" deal for sci-fi franchise, which has sold 6.5 million units to date.

With Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine due out this summer and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online still in development, THQ has plenty of Warhammer 40,000 titles in the works. However, that didn't stop the Santa Monica-based publisher from today announcing it had extended its licensing deal for the intellectual property with IP creator Games Workshop.

Today's deal paves the way for more Warhammer 40,000 games from THQ.

Details on the Warhammer 40,000 extension were vague beyond the fact it was a "multi-year deal" that gives THQ exclusive rights to publish games based on the IP. The agreement covers the full gamut of platforms, including mobile, social, and core games.

Though it began life as a tabletop war game in the 1980s, the Warhammer 40,000 series has found success in the video game realm. After Strategic Simulations (SSI) released several games based on the franchise in the 1990s, THQ took over the IP in 2001. After the poorly reviewed shooter Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior shipped in 2003, the publisher shifted focus to real-time strategy titles. To date, that series, including the just-released critical hit Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution, has sold 6.5 million units to date.

Starting this year, THQ is looking to once again expand the Warhammer 40,000 series outside the RTS genre with Space Marine, an action role-playing game for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 from internal developer Relic (Retribution). That expansion will continue with the massively multiplayer role-playing game Dark Millennium Online, currently in the works at Vigil Games (Darksiders). That project, however, has yet to receive a release date.

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46 comments
abbasreza
abbasreza

I really hope this doesnt fail, somewhat, like WAR did

CEmarine88
CEmarine88

LOOKS SOOOO FUN, im going to play this all day/night

grigjd3
grigjd3

Don't fix what isn't broke.

Triton
Triton

Great news, really like what they have done. Win/win situation.

commander1122
commander1122

i miss the old DOW 1 and winter assault... :(..DOW 2 just feel something not right...

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Stopped being interested when DoW 2 came out. Everything before that was great. Just like with Bioware. Everything prior to Jade Empire is fantastic, since Jade Empire, Bioware have gone downhill fast, and I am not interested any more. Only Bethesda, with it's Elder Scrolls and Fallout games have kept me interested and have stayed the same high quality at release, maintaining their open world old-school cRPG stance, going all the way back to Arena in 1992!

brian_13un
brian_13un

I really like Warhammer 40k and I am glad they extended the licensed :)

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

THQ has been doing a good job with the WH40K games. And I feel like the IP is safe with them....better then Activision getting their greedy hands on it for example. Oh and I really enjoyed Fire Warrior btw...even tho the scores where low xD

gwailo2470
gwailo2470

Final Liberation was a pretty cool game. I know RTS has pretty much eliminated turn based tactical games, but considering the roots of 40K, it would be nice to see something along those lines again.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm really looking forward to Space Marine, I've been looking forward to this game for a long while now.

Mondo80
Mondo80

The company that's making the online game is Vigil Games, the same guys how made Darksiders, it uses the same engine on it, Darksiders looks fantastic and is very actiony

Warlordicus
Warlordicus

I really want DoW 3, and I PRAY it's like DoW1, not that DoW2 wasn't great but it was slow and small time for the massive insane bloody and ultra-violent WH40k ip.

Zartan3000
Zartan3000

Can't wait for Dark Millenium Online. A Warhammer 40K MMO sounds SWEET!

DJ8WORK
DJ8WORK

@herodotu2006 dude i know the feeling

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

@DJ8WORK You're complety correct...I was thinking more of the Publisher (THQ)...I'm getting old and the grey matter is shrinking:)

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Fantastic! I think I'm going to play Dawn of War I right now...

R083R70
R083R70

This is great, it would be nice to have a better publisher but still very happy Warhammer is going to be continued. I would say WAAGH but I really don't want to be the one who wears the phrase out.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Just wish they'd work on a new engine, rather than porting the DoW2 graphics onto everything...

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

Heck yeah. I love any and all warhammer related games.

DJ8WORK
DJ8WORK

@ herodotus2006 I dont think Relic made Metro 2033

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

Excellent, and sensible agreement between the two. Relic have shown time and again they are masters of strategy games, and can be quite good with FPS's ("Metro 2033"). Bring on "Space Marine", and eventually"Dark Millenium"...and of course, "DoW III":)

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Remake/or "reimagine" Fire Warrior! That was so cool

larryed112
larryed112

Along with Creative Assembly and Blizzard, Relic keep PC gaming alive for me. Loved the changes from DOW 1 to Retribution. But Im a bit sick of FPS and RTS .... I would like to see a squad level tactical game ala Laser Squad or XCOM. Or how about a Epic Scale strategy game with Titans, tanks all the 40k hardware rather than the odd Land Raider. Even so this is good news. I'll keep buying if they keep up the quality :)

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

The only thing that annoyed me about DoW2 was that during the campaign you had to be space marines. Then in chaos rising you had to be space marines. Then in retribution it got fixed and we're back to race conquering fun :D

arashxMYM
arashxMYM

keep going....love warhammer games

sonofthelion
sonofthelion

This is good news THQ has been doing a great job with the franchise. Can't wait for Space Marine to come out. From the Screen shots and the Video's that have been shown it should be dope

axlroselm
axlroselm

give us more DOW1 and a Turn-based DOW!

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

Plz bring back the original dawn of war RTS game play in future dawn of war games games :)

demondogx
demondogx

got dawn of war 2 wanted to get retribution but when i saw the huge amount of rip off dlc's i passed on it hope future games will be less dlc filled cuz they are good games

Asheileon
Asheileon

@Sirbobislost That's the problem a game like that would'nt be true to the 40k ip and there for it won't be made. THQ have made their mistakes and won't make them again, well I doubt they will atleast :P

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

seeing as DoW2 turned into a squad type rts what i really want is a larger scale DoW1 more zoomed out larger maps, larger units (for example space marines super unit could be a titan you could control) oh and most importantly BASEBUILDING!!!!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Not a fan of the Games Workshop board game, but THQ's RTS games are awesome. I'll keep playing as long as they keep making them.

Asheileon
Asheileon

Keep it up THQ, I'm an extremly picky 40k fan since over 14 years back and even I can't find to much that anoys me with THQ's work anymore :P

xHOJUx
xHOJUx

THQ has done a great job with the 40k license. Keep it up!!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

This is the best thing that could happen to the IP. Everything since Dawn of War has been awesome and I grew up with an elder brother who loved the table top game. THQ might not do much right, but they know they should leave Warhammer 40k in the hands of Relic.

poovannaorcbane
poovannaorcbane

dawn of war 2 was good but i was disappointed by its lack of cut scenes to further the story for eg starcraft 2 the cut scenes and videos made the story line more epic and had a lasting effect !!! space marine better not be some gears rip off!!! i am however hopefull that relic will do a good job and give the sci -fi rpg shooter i have been waiting for !!

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

Hope we see more warhammer 40k themed games :) as long at they dont do a half assed job

mAArdman
mAArdman

Well, that's good. There's still a lot of potential in the Warhammer series, and I guess we're not the only ones to see that. I would particularly like a large scale action-RPG with visceral combat and meaningful interactions between characters and all that crap.... Oh yes, I would like that.

fer-
fer-

very cool!

airshocker
airshocker

Don't see where they can go wrong. Provided they take their time with Dark Millennium, they could conceivably make 40k more popular than it is today.

nohabs
nohabs

This is one old game series...and still going strong

Morris_The_Grey
Morris_The_Grey

Except the tabletop. Buying the books and pc games is cheaper than and funner than the minis.

firstfist
firstfist

All things Warhammer have been good lately. Looking forward to this!

firstfist
firstfist

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