Talk about a genius move. SEGA has announced a partnership with Games Workshop that will see Total War developer Creative Assembly develop a number of games set in the Warhammer universe.
The first of these games is expected "from beyond 2013," and a whole new team has been established at the UK studio to specifically handle development of the Warhammer titles. Creative Assembly studio director Tim Heaton was understandably happy about the arrangement.
"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," he said. "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."
Games Workshop licensing head, Jon Gillard, saw that the partnership made sense as well. "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."
THQ will continue to make games under the futuristic Warhammer 40,000 franchise, with Darksiders 2 developer Vigil Games working on Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium. That's expected to release in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.