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THQ holds onto Warhammer 40k licence

"Multi-year" extension added to agreement

THQ and Games Workshop have announced a "multi-year extension" to their video game licence agreement.

THQ has already published several titles based on the Warhammer intellectual property (IP), including Relic's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War real-time-strategy games for PC systems, which have shipped 6.5 million units to date.

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Action shooter Warhammer 40,000:Space Marine and MMO Warhammer 40,000:Dark Millennium Online are both currently in development at the company.

"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."

"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 universepositions 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."

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