By Joseph Leray
A new development team has been formed in the Creative Assembly's UK studio to make the game, which will be published by Sega sometime "beyond 2013." This brings Creative Assembly's current projects up to five, including Total War: Rome II, and a still-mysterious game based on the Alien movies.
Studio Director Tim Heaton calls the game "a dream project" in a statement, adding that "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 … 25 years of experience and expertise ... to bear, delivering a Warhammer experience that videogamers will absolutely love,” the statement continues.
The Games Workshop also has a deal with Electronic Arts and BioWare Mythic to make an online battle arena game (Wrath of Heroes), in addition to an on-going MMORPG (Age of Reckoning).
It's worth noting, too, that Warhammer is a fantasy license, and distinct from the space marines of Warhammer 40,000 -- the new Creative Assembly game will be full-scale battles of elves and orcs, not Necrons and Tyranids.
THQ currently owns the Warhammer 40K license and has confirmed to Eurogamer that it is not part of the Sega deal. Both Relic Entertainment (Dawn of War, Space Marine) and Vigil Games (Darksiders) are currently working on THQ-backed Warhammer 40K games.