SEGA has announced they have inked a multi-game deal with the developers of the Total War series Creative Assembly. Creative Assembly will be tasked with developing the Warhammer franchise moving forward. A new development team has been set up at the UK Creative Assembly offices to start development on the first of several Warhammer games.
However, it might be a while before we actually see the game as SEGA announced the first Warhammer game from Creative Assembly is scheduled to be released sometime after 2013.
Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly had this to say about the opportunity to work on the Warhammer franchise,
“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.”
Nothing else is really known about the Warhammer game at this point and we probably won’t be hearing much for a little while if the game is not scheduled to be released until after 2013. The only thing of note might be that if the game is not a PC exclusive, chances are it will be a next generation title because it is being released so far into the future.
Creative Assembly is actually quite busy already as they have four other projects in the pipes right now including Total War: Rome II and an unnamed Alien IP. Hopefully they haven’t spread themselves too thin as projects can tend to suffer if developers have to much on their plate.
THQ still owns the rights to the Warhammer 40K licence so SEGA will only be able to work with the fantasy side of the Warhammer franchise. SEGA even announced that Creative Assembly is tasked with only “Warhammer universe of fantasy battles”.
At this point it is good news either way as both THQ and SEGA have been struggling financially and there was some worried that the Warrhammer franchise would be left behind because of the financial issues of both companies.