Warhammer 40K: Space Marine ships 1.2 million

But THQ posts hefty loss for past three months.

THQ's recent third person shooter Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine has shipped 1.2 million copies worldwide since its launch in September.

THQ CEO Brain Farrell made the announcement during an investor call earlier today, adding that sales of the game were "slightly ahead of our expectations".

It was the bright spot in another grim THQ quarterly financial report. Though net sales were up to $146.0 million, compared with $77.1 million last year, the company posted a net loss of $92.4 million, compared to a loss of $47.0 million 12 months ago.

"Our two biggest quarters of the year remain ahead of us, and we are focused on execution," commented Farrell.

"In Q3 we are planning for the largest quarter in our history, in terms of sales and earnings, driven by Saints Row: The Third, the uDraw GameTablet, and WWE '12. With UFC Undisputed 3 launching in the fourth quarter, we are well-positioned to deliver a strong second half of fiscal 2012."

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