You know those Total War games? The ones that are pretty much the pinnacle of PC strategy games? There’s been loads of them: Rome, Medieval, Shogun, Empire. They’re always really good, expertly balanced and incredibly intricate strategic games that you can lose hours to. Well, it’s just been announced that the extremely talented team behind those games has formed a partnership with Games Workshop.
Sega, Creative Assembly’s publisher, has sent around a press release to let us all know that they’ve inked a deal with the owner of the Warhammer fantasy franchise. It’s a multi-title deal based on the fantasy stuff rather than the futuristic Warhammer 40K stuff but that’s no bad thing.
Everyone involved is making the usual positive noises about it being a dream partnership and having huge respect for each other – everything you hear in every press release of this kind. That said, I think this is potentially one of the most exciting pairings we’ve seen in a long time. The Warhammer fantasy universe is incredibly deep and rich in mythos. There’s an almost unlimited wealth of material for Creative Assembly to draw from and there’s nobody better in games development to make the kind of game that the Warhammer franchise is crying out for.
While the Warhammer 40K license has seen a fair bit of videogame action over the years, the fantasy wing of Games Workshop’s catalogue has been left wanting by the interactive entertainment medium for any product of much substance. A game with similar traits to those so adroitly implemented in the numerous Total War games has so much potential.
Creative Assembly is one of Sega’s most precious jewels, currently working on a number of projects including the imminent Total War Rome II and an as-yet-unnamed project which makes use of Sega’s Alien license. This latest deal is yet another exciting prospect from a studio that can, seemingly, do little wrong.