“We’ll Be Doing The Warhammer Universe Justice"
The studio behind Total War has entered into a multi-game deal with Games Workshop to produce several Warhammer (fantasy) strategy games.
A new development team has been created to work on the first Warhammer-based title in the deal, scheduled to launch from "beyond 2013." SEGA will naturally handle publishing duties.
"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," said Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly. "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.”
“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,” said Jon Gillard, Games Workshop's Head of Licensing. “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.”
It's important to note that only the "Warhammer® universe of fantasy battles" has been mentioned in the deal, since THQ and Relic traditionally handle Warhammer 40,000 properties. Dark Millennium is still in the works, so long as THQ survives that long.