AAA Warhammer Titles Incoming As Games Workshop Signs New Developers
Games Workshop has revealed that it wants to put more time and money in AAA video games based on the Warhammer 40K universe. The company, which created the popular tabletop miniature universe back in 1987, has revealed in its latest annual report that it's signing new development licenses every few months.
"Our goal is AAA video games," the report reads (via IGN). "We have signed multiple licences and we continue to negotiate many more, we will update you once they are announced. At the time of writing, we have 73 licences and are signing new ones every 2-3 months."
There have been plenty of Warhammer video games over the years, of course. Some of them are genuinely brilliant, but there are also a handful of stinkers. For the most part, though, Games Workshop seems to have chosen developers that are able to put out quality titles that make the most out of Warhammer's rich sci-fi universe.
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However, Games Workshop's specific use of the phrase "AAA games" implies that it has much loftier goals for the Warhammer license in the long run. Lending Warhammer to developers and publishers with bigger budgets and better resources could definitely yield some very fruitful results, so it'll be interesting to see what new partnerships might arise as part of this new initiative.
There are a couple of promising-looking Warhammer video games already in development. Planet Coaster and Planet Zoo studio Frontier is working on a Real-Time-Strategy title. The Xbox Series X even earlier this month also saw the reveal of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, a "visceral 4-player co-op action game set in the hive city of Tertium". That's being developed by Fatshark, and is expected to hit next-gen consoles in 2021.
Not an awful lot is known about either of these games just yet, so it remains to be seen if they'll fall under the banner of what Games Workshop considers AAA. Frontier certainly has the resources to make a sprawling and ambitious RTS title that could easily end up being a "AAA" release. Fatshark's project, meanwhile, could also be considered in the same vein. We'll just have to wait and see what all these studios are cooking up - but it definitely seems like an exciting time to be a Warhammer 40K fan.
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