Thursday, December 6, 2012

The sad state of a wasted Warhammer 40k license

There has been a dearth of decent Warhammer 40k games. The only semi playable iteration of the tabletop gaming classic has been Dawn of War and Dawn of War 2. I didn't like Dawn of War 2 so much. To me the  game was basically move to a spot, kill mobs, then move to another pre determined spot and rinse repeat over and over. I missed the freedom and the base building of the first game. 

Back in the early days we had the SSI classics such as Rites of War. That was the closest we came to having a great title.

Also why always RTS? I think that RTS games are generally run of the mill and the genre has not changed in literally decades. Space Marine was too Gears of War for me and really not that fun.

Someone needs to come in and make a good turn based Warhammer 40k game. I would even pay for digital army downloads. Of course Games Workshop being the way they are will limit this because they do not want to pull revenue from their overpriced tabletop market. 

Along comes news of this:
SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Creative Assembly™, award-winning creator of the Total War™ series, and SEGA® Group have entered into a multi-title licensing deal with Games Workshop® to create videogames based in the Warhammer® universe of fantasy battles.
“With this year being our 25th anniversary” A new high-calibre development team has been set up at Creative Assembly’s UK studio to work alongside the existing Total War, Alien™ IP and Mobile teams on the first Warhammer title in the deal, scheduled to launch from beyond 2013. 
“With this year being our 25th anniversary,” said Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, “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.” 
More Fantasy titles? WHY? Why not go the opposite direction and do something NEW and give us 40k content? 

What can we expect? What kind of titles? We all know that Warhammer 40k Online was a dismal failure and never got off the ground so what is left to explore? MMO games are for sure OUT of the question.

Turn based that is what. Make it online. Give us downloadable content, armies, heroes whatever you can do. I would be all over it. Imagine a Heroes of Might and Magic meets Magic the Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers.