CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Feb 15, 2005 - THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) and Relic Entertainment today announced the expansion pack to their critically acclaimed real-time strategy hit Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of WarTM. Featuring a deeper single player experience and even more intense Dawn of War action, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault will also include a brand new, fifth race -- The Imperial Guard. Based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 -- the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe from Games Workshop, the game is scheduled to release in fall 2005.
"The response to Dawn of War has been overwhelming," said Ron Moravek, general manager, Relic Entertainment. "Combining the enthusiasm we're seeing from the fans with the ability to draw from the seemingly endless, rich content from the Warhammer 40,000 universe made the decision to create an expansion easy. We look forward to building on the Dawn of War franchise with even more visceral combat action throughout both the single and multi-player experiences."
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 more than 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. Games Workshop, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault and all images, races and characters from the Warhammer 40,000 universe are either ®, TM and/or (C) Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2005, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. All rights reserved.
About Relic Entertainment
Founded in 1997 and acquired by THQ in 2004, Relic Entertainment Inc. is a 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). The studio's most recent release, "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War" (2004), won numerous accolades including "Strategy Game of the Year" from Computer Gaming World. Today, Relic is building on this legacy by developing multiple ground-breaking projects in the RTS genre.
THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, Relic Entertainment and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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