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Sega and Creative Assembly secure Games Workshop license, first game post-2013

Thursday, 6th December 2012 11:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Sega and Total War developer The Creative Assembly have teamed up with Games Workshop to create a new string of titles planned for launch ‘beyond 2013′.

An official announcement stated that The Creative Assembly has created a new ‘high-calibre’ team to create the first new Warhammer title, which is due for release some time after 2013. THQ still holds the license to Warhammer 40K however.

Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly said of the deal, “With this year being our 25th anniversary. It seems fitting for us to embark on such a dream project with such a well-established partner. The incredibly rich and detailed Warhammer world is something we grew up with, and has left an indelible imprint on us as both designers and gamers.

“We’ll be doing the Warhammer universe justice in a way that has never been attempted before. We’re bringing those 25 years of experience and expertise in extremely high-scoring games to bear, delivering a Warhammer experience that videogamers will absolutely love.”

Jon Gillard, Games Workshop’s Head of Licensing added, “We have enormous respect for SEGA and Creative Assembly and have felt for a long time that the combination of the enormously rich setting of the Warhammer world, and their stunning development talent is a match with huge potential.

“Now that we’ve managed to bring these two giants of gaming together it is safe to say that some truly amazing products are going to be unleashed as a result. We are excited at the possibilities, and are enthusiastically working with the team at Creative Assembly already.”

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  1. El_MUERkO

    NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Ercarret

    So no more Relic W40K games? :(

    I do like Creative Assembly, though. It’ll be interesting to see what they can do with the license.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. f1r3storm

    If they would have secured the rights to Warhammer 40K, they would have mentioned it. ;)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. absolutezero

    Its Warhammer Fantasy, the more Strategy heavy table-top game in comparison to the more tactical small scale 40k.

    This combination is perfect and might actually lead to the best Warhammer game since the Playstation 1.

    I can’t wait to see what this results in. I hope to God it comes out the other end like a huge scale RTS similar to Total War but with a story mode instead of the campaign map and management stuff.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. NeoSquall

    @1 YES!

    @2 Don’t worry, it’s just the Warhammer FB franchise, 40K is still in THQ/Relic hands, at least for the time being.

    Dave, you should mention that’s Warhammer Fantasy license because FB and 40K are pretty separate IPs with diverse fortune in the videogames industry (40K has the successful Dawn of War series, while FB had the mediocre Mark of Chaos).

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 done :) It wasn’t clear in the original statement we got sent, but THQ just clarified with Eurogamer.

    Would have been nice to have got a more-detailed press release that explicitly said that, but hey-ho.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    @5…Shadow of the Horned Rat, and Dark Omen neither of which, were by any means, mediocre!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. YoungZer0

    They should release Viking 2. The first one had amazing potential.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    @8: wouldn’t they have to make it first, though…Also: Not Warhammer. :p

    #9 1 year ago
  10. absolutezero

    I think if that team is still active within CA then following on they would release something in the same style but a different time period. Like Spartan compared to Viking. Neither of which were any good, the scale harmed Spartan and the atrocious stealth sections killed Viking.

    Actually the Alien IP game may be being worked on by the console 3rd Person team within CA.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @9: I know. -_-

    @10: That would be bad. We already have so few games with that setting. The game had way more problems than just the stealth sections.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Ercarret

    @4 & 5: Wooooo!

    So a Creative Assembly Warhammer Fantasy game and (assuming THQ don’t go belly up in the near future) more W40K games from Relic? SWEET!

    #12 1 year ago
  13. NeoSquall

    @6 In the Press Release I posted in your forum it says “to create videogames based in the Warhammer® universe of fantasy battles.”

    @7 You are right, I should’ve specified “in the post-2000s era”

    @12 AW YEAH!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Calistarius

    Oh nice! This is probably the best news in gaming I’ve heard this year.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Dave Cook

    @13 Good stuff :) I did change the headline about two seconds after the original story went live as I realised the issue. We move so stupidly fast that the occasional thing like this does sneak out.

    I didn’t read the release on our forum though, as I got it sent direct via Sega. But thanks for posting all the same, all news tips are very welcome.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. NeoSquall

    @15 Don’t justify yourself, I just thought you used my post as source material instead of an official SEGA mail :D
    I’m puzzled why the official SEGA mail had less details than the PR available on the CA site, though…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. El_MUERkO

    @5

    Wait… Fantasy Battle?!

    YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!

    #17 1 year ago