Sega wields Warhammer

Publisher has Total War dev Creative Assembly adapting Games Workshop's fantasy franchise

The Warhammer series is in line for a number of new adaptations. Today, Sega announced that its Creative Assembly studio has struck a deal with Games Workshop to make multiple titles in the swords-and-sorcery branch of the tabletop strategy game universe.

The Creative Assembly is establishing a new development team to handle the first game, which is not scheduled for release until 2014 or later. The studio has considerable pedigree when it comes to strategy games, best known for the critically acclaimed Total War series. The new Warhammer game is one of five projects currently in development at Creative Assembly, including Total War: Rome II and one based on the Alien film franchise.

While Games Workshop's sci-fi spin-off Warhammer 40,000 receives more attention in the gaming world thanks to a torrent of THQ titles over the years, the fantasy game has also been adapted a handful of times. Mindscape created a pair of real-time tactical strategy games in the 1990s, while Namco Bandai released a handful of efforts (including the card-game style Battle for Atluma) earlier this generation. Most recently, Electronic Arts has been making use of the brand with its Warhammer Online MMORPG and MOBA games.

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Chris Eckersley FQA TRC Tester, SCEE Studio Liverpool8 years ago
Being a fan of the Total War series and Warhammer Fantasy this just seems like a perfect combination. Very high hopes indeed.
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Dan Parkes Programmer / Designer / Co-Founder, Fundamental Games8 years ago
And poetic, given the influences that the Warhammer games Shadow of the Horned Rat and Dark Omen had on the early Total War titles. Like everything else they do, the sickeningly talented people at CA will do a fine job.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend8 years ago
Agreed. I am glad CA will be working on the Warhammer universe, a fitting match if there ever was one. Can't wait to see what they do.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
Congratulations guys! I look forward to seeing what comes of the venture.

One small request though would be to find a way to enjoy tye individual characters from the universe. Warcraft 3 managed it in its own way :-)
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Naturally the franchise will be a a Total Warhammer :)
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Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support 8 years ago
I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in mind as well - the two companies seem like a good match for each other.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
Hmmm. Great news, but I still want a super hard as hell reboot of Space Hulk based off the PC and 3DO game. I can imagine a stress-heavy one life tactical horror squad-based FPS with an optional commander mode for a bit of RTS/Action hybrid play. Eh, one day someone will figure it out...
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 8 years ago
Eh, one day someone will figure it out...
If the Emperor wills it. But THQ has the W40K lincence.
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Ben Comben Concept Artist / 2D Artist. 8 years ago
Some of the best gaming news i have seen in ages.

I'm wondering what they are going to do with it, kind of hoping for 'Warhammer: Total War.....Hammer', but they could go almost anywhere I guess. Good stuff anyway no doubt, regardless of the genre they choose. :D
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
Yeah, Tom... I know that (which is why someone needs to figure it out, as THQ is about eight toes in the grave these days)...
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