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Creative Assembly to make multiple Warhammer fantasy games

Parent company Sega signs licensing deal with Games Workshop

Sega has revealed a new partnership with Games Workshop which will see Total War developer Creative Assembly making multiple titles set in the Warhammer fantasy universe.

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The publisher says a new "high-calibre" dev team has been established at Creative Assembly's UK studio to work alongside the existing Total War, Alien IP and mobile teams on the first Warhammer game in the deal, which is scheduled to launch "from beyond 2013".

Creative Assembly studio director Tim Heaton said: "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.

"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."

Jon Gillard, Games Workshop's head of licensing, added: "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.

"Now that we've managed to bring these two giants of gaming together it is safe to say that some truly amazing products are going to be unleashed as a result. We are excited at the possibilities, and are enthusiastically working with the team at Creative Assembly already."

It was recently reported that the Rome 2: Total War release date has been set for October 2013, although Sega's officially announced launch window for the Creative Assembly project is simply late next year.

Financially troubled publisher THQ holds the license to make games based on Games Workshop's futuristic Warhammer 40,000 intellectual property. As part of the deal, Darksiders 2 developer Vigil Games is currently making Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium, which is planned for release during the year ended March 31, 2014.

The game was originally being co-developed with Relic Entertainment as an MMO, but a lack of finances resulted in the title being switched to a more traditional single player and multiplayer experience, as well as layoffs at both studios, and Company of Heroes maker Relic being taken off the project.

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