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Confirmed next gen dev Creative Assembly now working on Warhammer IP

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So this may not, strictly, be of relevance to you and I, my console-owning sisters and brothers, but there's no concrete talk of platforms just yet and it makes me very, very happy. Sega and Creative Assembly have signed up with Games Workshop to develop games using the Warhammer license, thereby pinching it from troubled THQ.

You may know Creative Assembly as the developer of (a) a mysterious Alien game for current and future generation consoles, and (b) the Total War series, probably the finest strategy franchise in existence. The idea of this studio working on Warhammer, D&D's greatest successor, gives me a regular rash of excitement. Expect the first fruits of their union after 2013.

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"With this year being our 25th anniversary", commented studio head Tim Heaton in a release, "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."

"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," put in Jon Gillard, Games Workshop's head of licensing.

"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."

Don't leave Xbox out of the loop, lads. If Firaxis can make XCOM: Enemy Unknown sing on console, a turn-based Warhammer title hardly seems out of the question. Incidentally, Sega says this, the Alien IP game and Total War: Rome II are three of five projects underway at Creative Assembly. What do you suppose the other two are?

UPDATE: As OXM reader Plamsa Wing points out, THQ retains the rights to the Warhammer 40K license. Plenty of scope for Relic Entertainment to continue beating a drum for the Imperium, then.

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