It appears as if Creative Assembly is working on a Warhammer based Total War game. A user on the Total War fansite TWCenter who has received the official art book that is due to release January 23, claims that it confirms the developer is working on Total War: Warhammer. The book quotes the creative director of the series Mike Simpson as saying: “…taking the series to a fantasy setting with Total War: Warhammer.” Considering that the book launches next week and Total War: Atilla is due to launch in February, it is likely that an official announcement will happen within the next few days.
News of a collaboration between the Sega owned Creative Assembly and Games Workshop first emerged in 2012, when the Japanese publisher revealed that they had signed a multi-title agreement to create game based on the Warhammer franchise. The incredibly rich and detailed Warhammer world is something we grew up with,” said Studio Director Tim Heaton at the time. “And it 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.” However, since that announcement there has been no further news about any titles that were being developed.
There have been a variety of games based on Games Workshop property developed since the 1991 title HeroQuest. Many of these have involved the fantasy tabletop game Warhammer, although most of these have either been real-time tactics games, role-playing games or the fantasy football titles known as Blood Bowl. A Total War themed game definitely makes sense, as it would allow players to build armies from various factions and battle them much like the tabletop wargame.
Creative Assembly are most well known for their Total War series of games that have been widely considered some of the best examples of turned-based strategy games since the release of Shogun: Total War in 2000. The developer has also created other titles though, including a variety of sports games, RPG’s and action games. They received widespread critical acclaim last year for Alien: Isolation, showing that they can use a licensed property to good effect.