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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War
(CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.) – December 11, 2003 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced Warhammer 40,000; Dawn of War, the first real-time strategy title in its multi-property agreement with industry-leading PC development studio Relic Entertainment Inc. Based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 – the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe traveled by millions worldwide from Games Workshop (LSE: GAW), the world’s largest tabletop wargames company – Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is scheduled for release in fall 2004.
“Warhammer 40,000 encompasses an extremely rich universe where legions of warriors engage in intense tactical combat scenarios, the perfect backdrop for a real-time strategy experience,” said Philip Holt, Vice President of Product Development, THQ. “When we looked for a developer, Relic’s expertise in the genre and passion for the license made them the ideal fit.”
“The opportunity to work directly with the creators of this highly-regarded, well-traveled world was very enticing for our team,” said Alex Garden, CEO at Relic. “Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War will bring the epic moments of the tabletop gaming experience to life with genre-defining front-line combat scenarios.”
About Warhammer 40,000
The Warhammer 40,000 game universe was introduced in 1987 and has since become one of the world’s leading tabletop wargames. The dark, gothic science fantasy of the universe has been enjoyed by millions of gamers over its 15-year history, the vast majority of whom own at least one console system and/ or PC. Games Workshop entered an exclusive licensing agreement with THQ in 2002 for the publishing rights for Warhammer 40,000, the first title of which, Warhammer 40,000: FireWarrior for PlayStation 2 released in fall 2003. For more information on Warhammer 40,000, please visit http://www.games-workshop.com.
About Games Workshop
Games Workshop is the world’s largest tabletop wargames company. Based in Nottingham, UK, it designs, manufactures and distributes its range of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games, miniature soldiers, novels, comics and resin models through nearly 300 of its own Hobby centers, mail order, Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at www.games-workshop.com.
About Relic Entertainment
Founded in 1997, Relic Entertainment Inc. has become an industry leader in the development of innovative real-time strategy games for the PC. Relic’s first title, Homeworld (1999) was received to widespread acclaim, garnering several “Game of the Year” and “Strategy Game of the Year” awards from major industry publications including PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Since then, Relic has released Homeworld: Cataclysm (2000, co-developed with Barking Dog Studios), Impossible Creatures (2003), and Homeworld 2 (2003). Today, Relic is building on this legacy by developing multiple ground-breaking projects in the RTS genre with several publishing partners.
Relic currently employs 67 people at its development studio in Vancouver in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Yaletown district. Alex Garden, company founder and CEO, was featured in PC Gamer Magazine as one of “The New Game Gods”, and continues to lead Relic in pioneering new and innovative products. For more information about Relic Entertainment, please visit http://www.relic.com.
THQ Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft as well as PC CD-ROM and wireless devices. The THQ web site is located at http://www.thq.com. THQ is a registered trademark of THQ Inc.