THQ grows by 40k

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THQ has announced today they will have an exclusive license to all things Warhammer 40,000 through 2013. So anything that's going to be produced for consoles or PCs involving the Warhammer 40K property will be coming out of THQ for the next six years. The sucess of Dawn of War was one reason Games Workshop extended the agreement.

THQ and Games Workshop Group PLC Announce Exclusive Warhammer® 40,000 Licensing Agreement

Renewal Agreement Expanded to Include All Online Rights Including MMO

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Games Workshop (LSE:GAW) for the Warhammer® 40,000 franchise through 2013. The agreement serves to both extend and expand upon THQs previous agreement with Games Workshop for the Warhammer 40,000 license, which encompassed interactive rights to console and handheld systems, as well as Windows PC. Additional rights under the newly announced agreement include wireless devices and all online rights, including massively multiplayer (MMO) games. It also includes the same rights to Games Workshops Gorkamorka and Necromunda properties.

THQ also announced that its Austin, Texas based studio, Vigil Games, is in development on the first MMO based on the Warhammer 40,000 franchise.

THQs critically acclaimed Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War franchise now boasts more than 2 million units in sales worldwide with the release of hybrid expansion Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War Dark Crusade last fall. The franchise has received numerous accolades since its 2004 debut, including Game of the Year and Editors Choice Awards, in addition to selection as an Official World Cyber Games title in 2005 and 2006.

Our success in creating Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War as a category leading Real-Time Strategy experience for PC gamers is just the beginning, said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing, THQ. The Warhammer 40,000 universe provides a richness of worlds, characters and stories and level of depth that translates perfectly to interactive experiences across multiple genres and systems. We see a lot of opportunity to build new and different games based on Games Workshops fantastic property in the coming years, beginning with our newly announced MMO.

We are delighted to be able to announce the extension of our very successful partnership with THQ, said Andy Jones, Head of Group Legal and Licensing for Games Workshop. By creating such vibrant and ground-breaking games based on our long-established worlds, stories and characters, THQ can introduce the Warhammer 40,000 Intellectual Property to a whole new audience, while providing our existing Hobbyists with an exciting new way to interact with the dark and gothic universe which they already know and love.

More information about Vigil Games can be found at

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