THQ's Warhammer 40,000 license extended

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 26, 2011 7:00am PDT

THQ's exclusive license to publish video games based upon Games Workshop's grim tabletop wargame has received a multi-year extension, the two companies announced today.

THQ is the publisher behind Relic Entertainment's lovely 40k RTS series Dawn of War, which has shipped--not sold--6.5 million units to date. The most recent DoW title was Dawn of War II - Retribution - The Last Standalone, a $10 downloadable spin-off of the co-op survival mode from Dawn of War II - Retribution.

"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," Games Workshop CEO Mark Wells said in the announcement. "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."

The extended license applies to mobile and social games as well as "core" platforms. THQ president Brian Farrell notes that its 40k feast "will continue to grow with top quality games across all platforms," though I wouldn't start fretting about HiveVille just yet if I were you.

WH40k titles currently in development include action game Space Marine and Dark Millennium Online, the MMORPG from Darksiders developer Vigil Games. THQ has also confirmed that the third full instalment--numerous expansions and expandalones aside--in the Dawn of War series is in the works, though it has yet to be formally announced.

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