[Update] SEGA and Creative Assembly gain Warhammer license, new title due out “beyond 2013”

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Our original story erroneously stated that THQ had lost the Warhammer license to SEGA and Creative Assembly, but this is not the case. THQ still holds the rights to Warhammer 40K, while SEGA and Creative Assembly will create games based in the Warhammer fantasy universe. We regret the error.

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SEGA has today announced that the publisher, along with strategy developer Creative Assembly, has entered into a multi-game licensing deal with Games Workshop to create titles based on the company’s Warhammer property.

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SEGA says that a “high-calibre development team” has been formed at Creative Assembly’s studio in the UK to work with teams currently producing titles based in the Total War and Alien franchises, with the Mobile team for company, too.
The first Warhammer game from SEGA and Creative Assembly is due to release “beyond 2013.”

Studio Director at Creative Assembly, Tim Heaton, said of the partnership:

“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, Heaton continued. “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.”

SEGA has revealed that the first Warhammer game is only one of five games currently in the works at Creative Assembly, with Total War: Rome II, an unnamed game based in the Alien universe, and two others in production.

Included in the original story:

Does this announcement mean that THQ has lost out on the license to make Warhammer games with Relic Entertainment? The press release specifically cites “the Warhammer universe of fantasy battles,” while purists might categorise Relic’s games as being based in the sci-fi version of the universe, Warhammer 40K.

The last fantasy Warhammer game to be released was Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning from EA and Mythic (nee Mythic Entertainment nee BioWare Mythic). Is this the license that has been snapped up by SEGA, as opposed to the 40,000 license?

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