Nottingham, UK – May 5, 2006 – Games Workshop (LSE: GAW), the world's largest tabletop wargames company, today announced its biggest ever E3 lineup of licensed computer games which includes "Warhammer: Mark of Chaos" from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., "Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning" from Mythic Entertainment, and "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade" from THQ Inc.
"This is our biggest E3 ever," said Andy Jones, Head of Legal and Licensing for Games Workshop Group PLC. "Never before have the fantasy world of Warhammer and the science fiction universe of Warhammer 40,000 been so richly represented in the interactive space. All three of our interactive partners have games on show this year which are not only faithful to the source IP, but are also cutting edge examples of their genre. We are confident that Games Workshop fans and computer game fans alike will be blown away by what they see on display!"
About "Warhammer: Mark of Chaos"
"Warhammer: Mark of Chaos" is an RTS from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. Faithful to the Warhammer world, "Warhammer: Mark of Chaos" puts the focus squarely on the battlefield with a real-time combat system that gives the player unprecedented customization and control of his army. This RTS focuses on armies and battling while de-emphasizing base and resource management. Players will also have the opportunity to use environments to their advantage, command Heroes and Champions with their own abilities and choose from a variety of modes for both casual and competitive play. Players take to the battlefield in Fall 2006.
"Warhammer: Mark of Chaos" can be seen at Booth #824 in the South Hall. For further game information, to access new assets, to download the fan site building kit or to interact with other RTS fans on the forums, please visit www.markofchaos.com.
About "Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning" (WAR)
"WAR" is a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game from Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the critically-acclaimed MMO "Dark Age of Camelot." Set in Games Workshop's Warhammer fantasy world, "WAR" features next generation Realm vs. Realm (RvR) game play that integrates PvP and PvE combat into a single seamless experience. The game is scheduled for release in 2007 on the PC.
"Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning" can be seen in West Hall, Booth #2472. To learn more about "WAR," visit the game's newly updated website: www.warhammeronline.com. Sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive exclusive stories, art, and game information, as well as a chance to take part in the game's beta test. Alternatively, contact email@example.com.
About "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade"
Published by THQ Inc. and developed by THQ's internal development studio Relic Entertainment, "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade" is the second expansion pack in the "Dawn of War" RTS franchise. 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 to-date.
"Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade" can be seen at THQ Booth #1324 South Hall. To learn more about it visit: www.dow-darkcrusade.com.
About Games Workshop
Games Workshop Group PLC is the world's largest tabletop war games company. Based in Nottingham, UK, it designs, manufactures and distributes its range of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games, model soldiers, novels, collectible card games, and role-playing games through more than 330 of its own Hobby centers, mail order, Internet and more than 4,000 independent retailers in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Games Workshop community stretches across the world, supported by their wholly-owned Hobby Centers, independent retailers, and many games clubs, tournaments and events such as the annual Games Days and Golden Demon awards in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Australia. There is also a thriving web community based around the official website and many thousands of fan sites. Games Workshop, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 and all images, races and characters from the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes are either a TM and/or © Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2006, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. All rights reserved.
Games Workshop created the Warhammer world more than 23 years ago, as the setting for its wildly successful tabletop fantasy war game of the same name. Since then the game has been released in six editions, had dozens of supplements, and been the basis for tens of thousands of unique model soldier designs, making it one of the most well documented and detailed fantasy settings in existence. The world itself is a dark and forbidding fantasy realm, where Elves, Orcs, Dwarfs, Undead, and many other races clash constantly in mighty battles seeking domination over each other. Meanwhile, the insidious forces of Chaos strive to undermine the basic fabric of society both from within and by the direct invasion of its legions of daemons, beastmen and warped human champions.
About Warhammer 40,000
The Warhammer 40,000 universe was introduced in 1987 and the tabletop wargame of the same name has since become one of the world's leading tabletop wargames. The universe is a dark, gothic science-fiction setting where mankind teeters on the brink of extinction. The galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man is beset on all sides by ravening aliens, and threatened from within by malevolent creatures and heretic rebels. Only the strength of the Immortal Emperor of Terra stands between Humanity and its annihilation. There is no time for peace. No respite. No forgiveness. There is only war!
About Mythic Entertainment
Mythic Entertainment is celebrating its tenth year anniversary as one of the most successful developers and publishers of massively-multiplayer online role-playing games in the world. Credited with 15 online games, including the award winning Dark Age of Camelot, Mythic's success is based on proprietary technology, superior game design and exemplary customer service delivered by a talented staff of more than 170 people. Dark Age of Camelot is played in almost every country in the world, and is available in seven languages. More information about Mythic Entertainment and its products may be found at www.mythicentertainment.com.
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. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and . THQ, THQ Wireless, and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in Cypress, CA. As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi, Tekken, SOULCALIBUR, Dead to Rights, Pac-Man World, Digimon, Ridge Racer, Time Crisis and ACECOMBAT. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.