The Creative Assembly, and Sega, and Games Workshop! Oh My!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
Sega, The Creative Assembly and Games Workshop walk into a bar. They tell the bartender they’re teaming up to create games using the Warhammer licence. Then my head explodes with pure, untrammelled joy.
Yes, that’s a real thing that happened … except for the bar and my head exploding. In a press release at the start of the month, Games Workshop, The Creative Assembly and Sega announced that they have entered into a partnership which will see Sega publishing games developed by The Creative Assembly, based on Warhammer universe which will be officially licensed from Games Workshop.
That’s the “Fantasy Battles” Warhammer, not the “grimdark” Warhammer 40,000 universe as the licence for that universe is still, for the time being, owned by THQ. However, that may not last much longer given THQ’s recent money troubles and rumours of looming bankruptcy.
So, why does this news have me talking about exploding heads? Well, The Creative Assembly are the minds behind the phenomenally successful Total War series of strategy games. Beginning with Shogun in 2000, the Total War series has gone from strength to strength. Their newest game, Rome: Total War 2, is due out some time next year, and is already making waves. The Creative Assembly are, quite simply, the best people in the world at making strategy video games right now. So, joining them with Warhammer, one of geek-doms most loved (and most hated) franchises, is essentially like putting together the supergroup you always dreamed of seeing.
The press release for this news confirms that this is a “multi-title deal;” if it turns into a successful endeavour, we could be seeing the start of a new franchise.
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