Creative Assembly snaps up Warhammer license

The Creative Assembly has officially picked up the rights to develop games in the Warhammer universe, meaning gamers around the world are now frothing at the mouth at the idea of a Total War-hammer release.

While we’re not sure that’s necessarily going to happen, the Total War developer has set up a “new, high-calibre” team to work on the franchise (alongside teams already working on Total War, Alien and Mobile games), confirming that the first new game to come out of the deal will be released “from beyond 2013”.

Warhammer meets The Creative Assembly

A match made on a tabletop

Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly confirms:

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, is happy with the arrangement:

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.

There’s been a little confusion over the announcement, what with Warhammer being a fairly sizeable, branching franchise. The new deal with Sega and The Creative Assembly does not touch on the rights to the Warhammer 40K license, which is still proudly held by THQ.

Instead, Creative Assembly has snagged the rights formerly held by EA, which produced games like Warhammer Online. This means the new titles from Sega are expected to be more in the vein of elves and wizards, rather than the doomy, gloomy future of THQ’s offering – and, theoretically, that we’ll get more of both.

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