Total War Developer Snags Warhammer

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Total War Developer Snags Warhammer

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Only the fantasy Warhammer, not the space orks version, has gone to Creative Assembly.

Creative Assembly, makers of the Total War RTS series, has bagged the rights to fantasy Chaos-versus-suicidal-dwarves setting Warhammer. Creative Assembly and Sega have joined forces to work with Games Workshop in bringing its blood-and-thunder style to gamers everywhere.

"We'll be doing the Warhammer universe justice in a way that has never been attempted before," said Tim Heaton of Creative, going on to add that the developer will deliver "a Warhammer experience that videogamers will absolutely love." This is a multi-title deal so, while no actual games have been announced, you can take solace in the fact that it will be games and not game. As to when, sometime after 2013 is the most anyone was prepared to say.

"We have enormous respect for SEGA and Creative Assembly," said Jon Gillard of Games Workshop, "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."

So, a match made in heaven then, but if you were wondering whether this meant big changes for the space orks, the answer is no. The Warhammer 40K science fiction variant of the franchise is still firmly within THQ's grasp.

Source: Eurogamer

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Awwwww YEAH!!!

I was just recently lamenting the sad lack of Warhammer Fantasy games and now the IP gets picked up by what is likely the single best dev for it! Warhammer Total War would be so freaking awesome. Heck, it's been done before with mods, now just imagine how much better it can be with actual production values behind it. I don't even care about Rome 2 now, I want this out now! :D

BEST. NEWS. EVER.

My god, this is amazing. There's tons of mods aiming to make a Warhammer version of Total War - and now I can't wait for the real thing. This is going to be so damn good.

All hail Creative Assembly.

Well, this might be interesting to see a Total War Warmhammer type game. Not a whole lot had been done with the Fantasy version of the game. Hopefully some screens or a video will pop up in the near future.

This has me pretty damn excited. I would really like to see what a developer that does medieval warfare very well with vicious griffon named Deathclaw on the battlefield.

Very nice. The total war guys make amazing games :)

Put lizardmen in and my money is allll yours.

dragongit:
Well, this might be interesting to see a Total War Warmhammer type game. Not a whole lot had been done with the Fantasy version of the game. Hopefully some screens or a video will pop up in the near future.

Sadly, no one could. The license was tied down for that god-awful mmo, but now that Games Workshop wants to go back to you know, making money off their IP's, it's been handed over to a more capable developer.

I know it isn't 40k, but think of the possibilities.

Especially with Tyranids.

I see , see ... see.

A re-skinned Total War game sold for full price, with all the interesting units sold as add on DLC, oh and the blood and gore will be extra please.

... hey at least they may tack on some pointless MP thats open to abuse and grieving if your really unlucky.

This isnt Creative Assembly at fault though, Sega are scraping the barrel and desperate to hang on to any cash they can lay thier hands on so will DLC the crap out of it.
CA though will be force to release the game before its ready, patch in some features late and fix it post release... and CA doesnt do AI very well so expect to see Orks that are even more stupid than canon dictates, and cheating CPU opponents in the strategic (world) sections.

NO...FREAKING...WAY

Sorry...major nerdgasm here. But Creative Assembly is making a freaking Warhammer game!? OH MY GOD! This is like the best gaming news I had in months!I can think of no one better than to handle the franchise...and maybe if were lucky..they will do Warhammer 40k. One can only hope. I cannot wait for this game!

I want to say I have the weirdest boner right now.

But this boner is JUST RIGHT.

This is the best news I have heard in weeks!

Does this mean that EA lost the rights to Warhammer Fantasy? YES! That alone is reason enough to celebrate.

Anyone else here played Call of Warhammer, or it's sequel Rage of the Dark Gods? Fantastic Medieval 2 Total War mods. Now it's just official.

TCA haven't said any of the titles will be Total War style strategy games... for all we know they're slated to shit out a bunch of warhammer fantasy flavoured versions of Spartan: Total Warrior.

Any other parades I can piss on?

The Empire will march into the chaos wastes under my command! ALL HAIL SIGMAR!

RhombusHatesYou:
TCA haven't said any of the titles will be Total War style strategy games... for all we know they're slated to shit out a bunch of warhammer fantasy flavoured versions of Spartan: Total Warrior.

Any other parades I can piss on?

I'm hoping the guys at Creative Assembly haven't had the massive kind of head trauma that would cause them to do that.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go and change my underwear.

RhombusHatesYou:
TCA haven't said any of the titles will be Total War style strategy games... for all we know they're slated to shit out a bunch of warhammer fantasy flavoured versions of Spartan: Total Warrior.

Any other parades I can piss on?

Well, you're hardly tinkling, it's more like slight incontinence on your part... :p

As far as I know, Spartan: Total Warrior was a failure in every way possible, so it's highly unlikely they'll be doing anything like that again. On the other hand, TCA can do one game type and one game type only, and they've gotten pretty good at it over the years. Total War games sell, are praised by critics and gamers alike and have been getting better and better over time. So while what you suggest is in the realm of possibility, I find the 2012 apocalypse more likely. ;)

I can't help but feel that Creative Assembly is selling themselves short by not continuing to concentrate on developing and marketing their own intellectual property. The license fees to WHFB probably didn't come cheap, but more importantly than that there really is no guarantee of keeping the contract when it comes up for renegotiation if they succeed in turning the fortunes of the brand around when it comes to video games.

Still, I'm excited to see what they'll churn out now that they have the license.

Jandau:

As far as I know, Spartan: Total Warrior was a failure in every way possible, so it's highly unlikely they'll be doing anything like that again.

Thing is though, even though Spartan Warrior failed, they still tried their luck with that viking game. And we all know how that went. Or, some of us do, since nobody knows that game even exists because nobody bought it.

Th-this? This is real?
The company I've wanted to make a Warhammer game for years now will?
TAKE MY GODDAMN MONEY YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS!

I doubt any news I'll hear today will top this.

I wonder when the first release is scheduled?

Though I suspect they won't include them, I hope the Tomb Kings of Nehekara will be a playable faction/race/whatever they are called, this might just be what gets me into the total war games! Either way I'll likely play it, I've still got the Empire or Grandfather Nurgle to comfort me ;D

IamQ:

Jandau:

As far as I know, Spartan: Total Warrior was a failure in every way possible, so it's highly unlikely they'll be doing anything like that again.

Thing is though, even though Spartan Warrior failed, they still tried their luck with that viking game. And we all know how that went. Or, some of us do, since nobody knows that game even exists because nobody bought it.

Even so, the Warhammer license likely wasn't cheap. So if you drop all that money for an IP, do you go in the footsteps of your two biggest failures or do you play to your strengths? The only question on my mind is if they'll go for a full Total War approach or if they'll opt for a RTS-only affair, like Dark Omen or Shadow of the Horned Rat...

Considering a new team is being set up alongside the Total War team and the Alien team I dont think you should all be getting your hopes up for a total war style game just yet. It could be anything and considering it is a multi game deal i would think RPG's and whatnot would be where they are looking, so they could do sequels and whatnot. Then again they could do both a total war style game and an rpg instead, which would be absolutely awesome. (they cant get much worse than the crap that has been done with the warhammer fantasy universe so far at least)

IamQ:

Jandau:

As far as I know, Spartan: Total Warrior was a failure in every way possible, so it's highly unlikely they'll be doing anything like that again.

Thing is though, even though Spartan Warrior failed, they still tried their luck with that viking game. And we all know how that went. Or, some of us do, since nobody knows that game even exists because nobody bought it.

I actually rather enjoyed both Spartan Total Warrior and the Viking game (which recently came out on Steam as well) and whilst they weren't exactly the most complex of games they were still a lot of fun.

sweet have not played a warhammer game since shadow of the horned rat. always prefered the fantasy setting over 40k

Yes...YES!!!....YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!! I don't really have much else to say. This is excellent news, I loved the Total war games and they fit nicely to an adaptation of WHFB. I'd like to see a full scale Total War game but I'm guessing that it would probably be primarily RTS without the empire building.

Gooooood. Very much looking forward to Creative Assembly's first outing on their delicious new franchise. Nom nom nom. Tastiness.

I would quite like it to be turn based/true-to-table style like the older Warhammer games (and of course the real thing) but either way Ill still be checking this out.

This pleases me.

Hopefully they do it justice.
Not just a reskinned Total War.

This is getting bought, espicially if i can have a Deathmaster Snitch as that's the only character I can vaguely remember from Warhammer playing in my youth

Can't wait to see how they will Implement magic in the game. Hopefully for all 8 lore's of magic as well as race ones. And Challenges, a must have when my Chaos Lord will cut down the foolish sons of the weakling empire down. Hopefully that warriors of chaos and daemons of chaos get their own different armys.

Jandau:
Even so, the Warhammer license likely wasn't cheap.

No, it probably wasn't... so that makes it likely at least a few of the titles will be multi-platform, which means those ones won't be Total War style games.

(and if anyone wants to try and tell me that you can do a full scale total war style game on a console, just punch yourself repeatedly in the bollocks until the impulse to say such stupid things passes)

Also, here is to hoping the Skaven are a playable faction. Please for the love of God, please let them be a playable faction, especially if Thanquol is a playable character.

RhombusHatesYou:

Jandau:
Even so, the Warhammer license likely wasn't cheap.

No, it probably wasn't... so that makes it likely at least a few of the titles will be multi-platform, which means those ones won't be Total War style games.

(and if anyone wants to try and tell me that you can do a full scale total war style game on a console, just punch yourself repeatedly in the bollocks until the impulse to say such stupid things passes)

Because a shitty multiplatform game that nobody will buy is better than another PC-only top seller, right?

Look, I know you're trying to play devil's advocate here, but there is pretty much no way that they'll use this IP as anything other than a Total War style game or at least an RTS. The non-strategy games that TCA did were experiments and they all failed miserably, while Total War games, despite being PC-exclusive, keep bringing in the cash.

Are people missing that there have already been a very popular Medieval II Warhammer mod? It's probably where Creative Assembly got their inspiration.

And oh, I know it probably won't happen, but IN THE NAME OF THE HORNED RAT, LET ME PLAY SKAVEN!.

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