Warhammer's blend of gothic horror and huge fantasy battles has never been successful in video game form.
When it comes to Warhammer, I have always preferred the old stuff.
While I like the Warhammer 40,000 setting, my first love was always the original Warhammer Fantasy. Back in my late teens, tabletop wargaming was all about Warhammer Fantasy Battle, and my favourite pen-and-paper role-playing game was Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.
Sadly, the original Warhammer has never had great luck being translated into video games. Warhammer 40,000 has done reasonably well in the hands of Relic, despite some missteps, in the form of the Dawn of War strategy series, and more recently the underrated Space Marine action game.
Epic scale is a hallmark of Creative Assembly's Total War series.
Apart from 1998's also extremely underrated Dark Omen, Warhammer Fantasy has never enjoyed the same kind of success. There was even Age of Reckoning, the Warhammer MMORPG, which tried to unset World of Warcraft as the online RPG champion, with no luck - a cruel twist considering how much of Warcraft's lore was inspired by Warhammer.
This week, Sega has announced an exciting new partnership, one that will thrill fans of both Warhammer Fantasy and deep, tactical strategy games: Games Workshop, original creators of Warhammer, are teaming up with Sega and UK studio Creative Assembly, developers of the Total War series.
Total War has been a favourite of strategy fans for over a decade, starting with Shogun: Total War in 2000, and with the tenth game in the series, Total War: Rome II, due out in late 2013. Warhammer fans who have suffered through one disappointing game after another may finally have something to look forward to. No specific games have been announced, but Sega has hinted that we may see the first of them before the end of 2013.
I know we have some Total War fans on Screen Play, but how about Warhammer fans? How do you feel about this new partnership?
- James "DexX" Dominguez
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