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Sega has signed a licensing deal with the Games Workshop to create multiple games based on the Warhammer fantasy franchise. The first game is currently in development at Creative Assembly, the studio responsible for the Total War games, and will arrive in 2013 at the earliest.
Creative Assembly has created a new development team for this title. They'll be based out of the UK like the teams devoted to the upcoming Total War, Alien and mobile games. The company now has a total of five projects in production.
The press release doesn't mention any details about CA's Warhammer game. However, I'd assume they were tapped due to their strategy game expertise. At its heart, Warhammer is about the endless wars between nations of humans, greenskins and other fantasy races. It's not hard to imagine a Total War: Warhammer, in which players take control of one nation and guide its economic growth, diplomacy, and battles.
The agreement between Sega and Games Workshop only applies to the Warhammer fantasy series, and not the sci-fi Warhammer 40K. PCGamesN confirmed that the Warhammer 40K license still resides with THQ . That's great news for fans of the Dawn of War series. It means that the upcoming Warhammer 40K: Dark Millenium is safe for now as well.
It's not clear, though, whether today's news will affect Mythic Entertainment's games. The studio currently operates two Warhammer fantasy games: the MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and PvP arena game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes.