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Thursday, 01 March 2007 09:25

THQ hint at Warhammer 40,000 MMO

For fans of the table-top miniature game, as well as Dawn of War computer games, the news that THQ and Games Workshop could be creating a Massive Multiplayer Online game set in the Warhammer 40K universe could be pants wetting.

For fans of the table-top miniature game, as well as Dawn of War computer games, the news that THQ and Games Workshop could be creating a Massive Multiplayer Online game set in the Warhammer 40K universe could be pants wetting.

Gamespot is running an interview with games publisher THQ’s Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing and long time Games Workshop’ite Andy Jones, now head of group legal and licensing with the game company.

The majority of the discussion centres on the Warhammer 40,000 licensing between the predominately miniature gaming rules publisher and the computer game developer/publisher.. 

The latest game based in this universe is the hugely popular Dawn of War franchise.  Set in the war torn 41st millennium, Dawn of War runs as a reasonably paced RTS with many races of the Warhammer 40K represented in fine detail.

Do not confuse this with the Warhammer fantasy world.  Electronic Arts are looking to publish Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning towards the end of the year. Set in Games Workshops sword and sorcery Warhammer world, it already has fan-boys everywhere readying themselves for the brutal up-close battles that will ensue.

This new THQ – Games Workshop licensing agreement is focused on bringing us the dark gothic world ruled by an ever living but decayed Emperor, his super-psychic beacon literally guiding humans through a hostile universe of alien and deamonic threats.

Flock gives the strongest hint and details about the proposed game; “We are very excited to be working with Games Workshop on the first-ever MMO game based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Our agreement calls for worldwide rights, so we definitely plan to launch the game across North America, Europe, and Asia. We are very early in development, so it would be premature to comment on potential ratings, but we plan to build a game that both Warhammer 40,000 fans and MMO gamers will be excited to play--one that is true to the rich universe Games Workshop has built--with scalable depth of characters and worlds that MMO fans have come to expect”

When queried about the status of the game, Flock replied; “…, we have the game in development at our Austin-based studio, Vigil Games. The team there is led by David Adams, formerly of NCsoft, and is comprised of several MMO veterans from that community. We look forward to making further announcements with more specifics on the game in the coming months.”

We also look forward to further announcements on this exciting project.

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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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