Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BioWare Gets Space Marine License from THQ




The Bit By Bit Gaming blog has reported that Bioware has gotten the Space Marine license from THQ.
This is good news for Space Marine video game fans. 

According to a reliable source within Bioware, I have been told that as of Monday, Bioware is now the proud owner of the Space Marines : 40k Franchise after THQ went under and sold off its IPs due to finical troubles earlier this year.

The source, who shall remain unnamed told me about several features that might make themselves a reality in 2014, the projected date of the games release. Originally Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium was to be a MMORPG based on the Games Workshop table top game, but THQ decided to make it into a 3rd person shooter with online elements. It seems that Bioware is going to keep with this formula. The only solid feature I could drag out of the source was that the campaign is going to be fluid and will feature a 1st founding chapter of Space Marines.I tried to glean more information from him but all he could tell me was that the main playable chapter for the Space Marines might have very very dark skin (The Salamanders?). He also went on to say Orks, Imperial Guard and The Tao might might an appearance as playable races. This is yet to be set into stone but here's hoping!

Although the details are scarce, this is a nice pick me up for the fans of THQ's Space Marine and 40k fans in general. Hopefully as the situation develops a bit more I will be able to bring more information your way. But right now it'll be a waiting game. It's just nice to know that a company like Bioware, who's known to drive a game with great narrative has picked up the project and will hopefully bring it to the next level!

Well, I never played Space Marine, but I did demo it and it was a great little game.  I hope BioWare keeps teh franchise alive and well.

Loken

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

very very dark skin... DARK ANGELS (or black templars) Dark millenium had some black templars in the original trailer

Anonymous said...

Of all the companies that could have picked this franchise up, Bioware (and by extension EA) was not one that I hoped for. Get ready for always online-microtransaction-poorly supported bonanza.

Anonymous said...

First founding chapter with dark skin would be salamanders. With dark armor could be dark angels, or raven guard. I'm glad someone is keeping this going.

DerFoLiciouS (Dark Angels) said...

I have the same fears.

Also, no Total War 40k = :(

Anonymous said...

Good new? The fact it is owned by EA now? Joy. Another series dead.

Anonymous said...

Well at least it's better than Disney. RIP THQ and Lucasarts!

Anonymous said...

Goddamnit guys. If you don't like it, don't buy EA games. Don't kill the buzz for the rest of us. Jesus.

Jake said...

Is no one going to get angry over the fact he said "Tao"? IT'S TAU DAMMIT. YOU'RE MEANT TO BE A FUCKING GAMING REPORTER. FUCKING SPELL LIKE IT.

Phil Millar said...

A licence doesn't belong to the person licencing, when THQ went under, the licence ended and use of the IP reverted to GW, this whole story is junk

Anonymous said...

"A licence doesn't belong to the person licencing, when THQ went under, the licence ended and use of the IP reverted to GW, this whole story is junk"

This is true, last I heard the makers of total war had gained the rights for future games.

Anonymous said...

I used to be a Bioware fanboy, after Dragon Age 2 and SWTOR however, not so much. Not even bothered picking up Mass Effect 3 yet either, from what I can gather that was the right call.

Welp, I wonder how mediocre a game they can make out of Space Marine.

Phil Millar said...

Not quite, Creative Assembly (the total war guys) have a licence for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, a seperate aggrement.

The studio that made all the recent 40K games (Dawn of War series and Space Marine) was Relic, they were owned by THQ but after that blew up, they were bought by Sega.
Who also own Creative Assembly.

Its up to Games Workshop to decide who to license 40K to, but as Relic have done so well in the past and are owned by the publisher that they just have the WFB license to, I'd say Relic would be the front runners for it, if they wanted it.

Perhaps this is talking about the half-finished MMO turned RPG-Shooter Dark Millenium, which was being developed by Vigil, who no one bid for, the license for their game would have returned to GW but any actuall work on it is probably lost now, THQ and Vigil have gone and GW wouldn't get the parts of the game that weren't thier IP.

Anonymous said...

I DEMAND BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!

Also, if they could mix it up a bit between Space Marine Chapters or even with the Guard that would be great.

OR PLAY AS CHAOS! WE HAVE COOKIES! FLAMING COOKIES OF DELICIOUS PAIN AND SWEET SUFFERING!

Seithon said...

:( EA have Warhammer 40k.... this is not good :(

Silsila said...

This article is just wierd. It tstates that they got he license for Space Marine but then continue talking about Dark Millenium which are two completly diffrent games.

It also sound even more wierd since the license for Space Marine was with Relic which was sold to Sega.

No, I'll be waiting for a propper press release.

And the dark skinned Space Marines are the Salamanders, not Dark angels.... and Black Templares aren't even a 1st founding! Know thy lore!

raven1man said...

I wouldn't mind a battlefield 40k though....flying around in stormtalons, rhinos and whatnot. That would be fun.

Croaxleigh said...

GW has been licensing several 40k-related properties to different companies as of late. It doesn't mean that Bioware (or EA) will be the only company to make anything 40k-related, just that they're making a 40k-based game. I imagine that after all of the troubles associated with THQ, GW's wanting to spread its licenses around to make sure that no one company controls the entire thing.

Anonymous said...

also said first founding so Black Templars are out they are a second founding. Salamanders makes most sense giving "very very dark skin" given the chapter's Melanchromic organ works in overdrive all the time making their skin as dark as charcoal.

DerFoLiciouS (Dark Angels) said...

So one dude can take the Thunderhawk before anyone can embark?

LuLz. Sometimes I miss BF.

Anonymous said...

BioWare did a terrible job with TOR and a horrid job with the latter Mass Effect games. This is very saddening, and I now for a fact I wont see anything worth playing from this.
Goodbye Space Marine...

Jimmy John said...

Good bye, Space marine. Bioware will ruin this franchise.

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