Games Workshop has announced that the next partner it will work with on games based in the Warhammer universe will be Sega, with Creative Assembly being granted the license for the franchise. This comes in the wake of a poor outlook from one of GW’s current partners, THQ.
As it stands, it looks like this move won’t affect current relationships with THQ – which is currently working on the Warhammer 40,000 Dark Millenium RPG and has previously released Space Marine and Dawn of War through Relic games – or EA Games which also holds a Warhammer license.
As part of the move, Sega has announced the creation of a new team: “A new high-calibre development team has been set up at Creative Assembly’s UK studio to work alongside the existing Total War, Alien™ IP and Mobile teams on the first Warhammer title in the deal, scheduled to launch from beyond 2013.”
“With this year being our 25th anniversary”, said Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, “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.”
Interestingly, this is also the 25th year of Warhammer 40,000’s development, so perhaps some sort of anniversary title is in the works?
The first title is expected to appear from Sega sometime after 2013, so we’ve got a while to wait yet to see how this relationship works out, but it’ll be an interesting one for sure.