Publisher SEGA has just announced that they’ve entered into a partnership with table-top gaming company Games Workshop. The deal sees real-time strategy masters The Creative Assembly being given the go-ahead to develop multiple RTS games based on the Warhammer fantasy battles franchise – that’s the one with High Elves, Skaven, Orcs etc. and not the science fiction one with Space Marines, Tyranids, Eldar etc.
Creative Assembly’s UK development office has set up a new team that will begin development of the first Warhammer game. Work on Total War: Rome II and the untitled Alien game will continue uninterrupted. There’s still quite a long time to wait until you get your hands on a Creative Assembly developed Warhammer game however, as the press release points towards a release window of “beyond 2013”.
While publisher THQ and developer Relic continue to have the Warhammer 40K franchise well represented in the RTS scene, the Warhammer fantasy series hasn’t had a good run in the past. While the fantasy IP has seen a mediocre MMORPG released, there hasn’t been a decent RTS game since Shadow of the Horned Rat, and even that Warhammer RTS title was lukewarm at best.