Games Workshop is once again expanding its 40k genre out to new digital horizons. Roadhouse Interactive today announced a partnership with Games Workshop to develop a Warhammer 40k smartphone and tablet game.

The game will be a single Space Marine as he goes about destroying endless hordes of enemies mostly consisting of Orks.


A link to the official announcement
http://www.gamasutra.com

LONDON & VANCOUVER, BC – 1PM GMT, March 21 st, 2013 - Roadhouse Interactive and Games Workshop® today announced they have entered into an agreement in which Vancouver-based Roadhouse Interactive will develop a side-scrolling action game for smartphones and tablets where you guide a lone Space Marine on his journey to destroy endless hordes of enemies set in the exceptionally rich Warhammer 40,000 universe.

“We are incredibly excited to bring a part of Warhammer 40,000 to life on mobile and tablet and it’s great to work with Games Workshop. The legions of fans of Space Marines will now be able to fight the Ork menace while on the move!” said Tarrnie Williams co-founder and President of Roadhouse Interactive.

“The work we have seen to-date from Roadhouse makes us extremely confident that this new mobile title will be a fantastic addition to the range of digital games we are building,” said Jon Gillard, Games Workshop’s Head of Licensing. “We are extremely pleased that Tarrnie and the guys at Roadhouse Interactive, who are both veteran developers and very familiar with our IP, are going to help expand the Warhammer 40,000 universe into the hands of mobile gamers with this unique take on it.”

About Games Workshop®:
Games Workshop® Group PLC (LSE:GAW.L) is based in Nottingham, UK. Games Workshop designs, manufactures, retails, and distributes its range of Warhammer® and Warhammer® 40,000® games, miniature soldiers, novels and model kits through more than 400 of its own Hobby centres, the Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at www.games-workshop.com

About Roadhouse Interactive®:
Roadhouse Interactive is a Vancouver based developer of tablet, smartphone and browser games. Roadhouse’s management team is responsible for some of the most well-known game franchises of the past twenty five years and continues to grow industry-leading production, development and live game operations expertise at Roadhouse. Projects include MechWarrior: Tactics, a turn-based strategy reboot of the classic MechWarrior franchise for Montreal-based Infinite Game Publishing, an unannounced innovative entry into the social casino space, and Elemental Power, a collectible card game launching soon on Kongregate.  The company was recently selected as part of the eleventh annual ‘Ready to Rocket’ list of BC technology companies likely to experience significant growth in 2013. For more information about Roadhouse, visit www.roadhouseinteractive.com.

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22 Comments:

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    1. ^^^This^^^

      But none the less, thank you Naftka for providing a broad spectrum of news from across the community. It is much appreciated!

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  2. "the exceptionally rich Warhammer 40,000 universe." Yeah, so rich that there's been all of one game that didn't revolve around marines. BTW Naftka, what's your policy on cursing on your site?

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    1. Don't go puttin curses on people....hexes are ok, but no curses.

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    2. If you have to ask it probably isn't tolerated.

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    3. I ask out of courtesy, respect and ignorance. I have little love for marines and how much they dominate the game. I just wanted to stay in good graces as I love frequenting this site.

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    4. I hear you, Heretic. I keep imagining a world where Space Marines are Elites and HQ choices in the Imperial Guard codex, and Chaos Space Marines the same in the Lost and the Damned codex... and it's a good world.

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  3. XD well Mechwarrior Tactics was something of a colossal failure...so....yeah *fingers crossed new game doesn't suck*

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  4. For the low low price of $59.99

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  5. I can't be the only one that feels GW is whoring itself out when it omes to the digital market. I've seen 3(?) games announced in about 1 month, and all of them being developed by studiis i have never even heard about.

    Also, lol more spaz mahreen games. Why can't we get a good imp focused or maybe even a game that focusses on one of the alien races?

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    1. Warhammer Quest and Space Hulk were both contracted to iOS developers, people haven't heard of them because the developers themselves happened to meet GW executives (one on an airplane saw the GW exec he was sitting next to playing his game Hunters 2 and they started talking shop, the other met Ian Livingstone at a party and happened to mention he was a developer and that his dream was to do Space Hulk, he found out later he was talking to one of the co-founders of GW) randomly and pitch their idea. Since both developers had experience doing turn based games on iOS, they were tapped for those games.

      Now, on the other side of things, we have this (Side scroll action game? Doesn't even seem to fit GW) and the game announced by Zattikka, which is a free to play game, most likely a socially connected game, I'm hoping more like clash of clans than farmville.

      So, we have 2 games being worked on by indie studios that have a reputation for putting out top class games, and then 2 games being worked on by larger studios that look like pandery gibberish. Then there's that weird Talisman game that isn't the full game of Talisman. I'll take that one seriously when they put the full board game on an iPad.

      There's also the deal with Sega to license WFB and the potential for a 40k game from the newly Sega acquired Relic, though that is less clear than the WFB license. So, there's just plain a lot going on, I wish GW would've started doing this years ago, its an easy way for me to get people I know grounded in the universe, they're more pliable when i try to foist a game of 40k on them that way.

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    2. Oh, and Slitherine games is working on a turn based 40k game, totally left that off my rundown.

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  6. Why don't they just make Warhammer 40,000: Battlefront? Only 40k game they'd ever need! Any race, massive online battles, vehicles, it'd be awesome!

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    1. Yep, although I think they will (if they don't already) fear competing with Bungie's Destiny, which looks remarkably 40k influenced while also being its own thing
      http://www.bungie.net/en-us/Destiny#page=media

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  7. has no else picked up on GW expanding it's footprint in digital media with the focus on the term Space Marine, not their own phrases/names?

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  8. I say make a Ciaphas Cain game. Who wouldn't want to roll around as an anti-hero Commissar?

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  9. God of War meets Kharn the Betrayer please!

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  10. I'd love to slash my way through the Space Marine HQs and Terminators with a Ork Meganob. The advantage is, one could as well have other Orks and hordes of Gretchins as enemy :)

    sad, space marine space marine and again space marine.

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  11. Any chance to see a real PC game or PS or XBOX and not this crapy iOS or Android apps???

    The problem with the continius appearance of SM in digital games is that GW listen what customers wants. If the majority of them love SM's then this is the games that developers will give.

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  12. A lone space marine running round fighting hordes of Orks. You've done it before GW! Now I wanna go play Space Marine... :-)

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