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.
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.
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!
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
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.
I'm really looking forward to Space Marine, I've been looking forward to this game for a long while now.
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
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.
@DJ8WORK You're complety correct...I was thinking more of the Publisher (THQ)...I'm getting old and the grey matter is shrinking:)
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.
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":)
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 :)
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
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
Already said this at another website but it works so well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EualP3JW7tg Now get to work on something involving the Tau, please.
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
@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
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!!!!
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.
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
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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