Necrons March Inexorably Against the Greater Good for Ultimate Dominion of Kronus
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., May 1, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- THQ Inc.
(Nasdaq: THQI) and internal development studio Relic Entertainment today
announced that the second expansion pack in the Dawn of War franchise,
Warhammer(R) 40,000(TM): Dawn of War -- Dark Crusade(TM), is currently in
development. The game will feature two new playable races, the Tau Empire and
the Necrons, bringing the number of totally unique races to an unprecedented
seven. The game is expected to release in fall 2006.
In addition to the two new playable races, Dark Crusade will feature an
all-new single player campaign centering on the conquest of a "meta-map," with
each territory captured giving tangible rewards to the occupying force. A
greatly expanded multiplayer component and a completely unique economy model
for the Necrons will present gamers with the most compelling Dawn of War game
"With Dark Crusade we have taken a very different and exciting route with
the single player game, allowing the player to conquer the globe as any of the
seven unique playable races," said Ron Moravek, vice president THQ, general
manager Relic Entertainment. "The Dawn of War franchise has become synonymous
with innovation and attention to detail and we have drawn on the extensive
knowledge base that Games Workshop's exhaustive universe provides us with to
bring classic Tau and Necron combatants to the battlefield on Kronos."
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War -- Dark Crusade is set in Games Workshop's
Warhammer 40,000 universe, where armies of futuristic warriors, fighting
machines and hordes of implacable aliens wage constant war. For more
information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War -- Dark Crusade, please visit
www.dawnofwargame.com, or come and see the game at this year's E3 show in L.A.
on the THQ stand #1324.
About Dawn of War -- Dark Crusade
The bitter war for domination of the remote planet Kronus rages between
Tau, Orks, Space Marines, Eldar, Imperial Guard and Chaos whilst deep in their
tombs beneath the surface the sinister Necrons are awakening after 60 million
years in stasis. Now, in the 41st millennium, they have found a galaxy
teeming with life; a galaxy ripe for harvesting.
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, collectible
card games and resin models through more than 340 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 -- Dark Crusade
and all images, races and characters from the Warhammer 40,000 universe are
either (R), TM and/or (C), Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2006, variably registered
in the UK and other countries around the world. All rights reserved.
Founded in 1997 and acquired by THQ in 2004, Relic Entertainment 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 releases, "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War" (2004) and
"Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault," have 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 throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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