Proof that Starcraft II isn’t the undisputed king of the RTS genre. The Dawn of War real-time strategy series has shipped 6.5 million copies (not counting digital-distribution like Steam), so it’s no suprise that THQ has paid to keep its lucrative Warhammer 40,000 license. Let’s hope that future 40K games by Relic will help fund a return of Homeworld, or at the very least, a Battlefleet Gothic game made the same way.

“Since entering the licensing agreement with Games Workshop, THQ has published several highly successful titles based on the intellectual property (IP), including the Warhammer(R) 40,000(R): Dawn of War(R) real-time-strategy games for PC systems that have shipped 6.5 million units to date. Two fresh interpretations of the Warhammer 40,000 IP are currently in development by THQ: Warhammer(R) 40,000(R):Space MarineTM- a third-person shooter for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and PC set to release later this year – and Warhammer(R) 40,000(R):Dark MillenniumTM Online, a massively multiplayer online game exploring the deep fiction and myriad races of the IP.”

The full PR statement is here.

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