GAMESWORKSHOP and WIZKIDS join forces?!

 

 

This is big news, and everyone wants to know more than is being told.  We however think that they are being quite clear with what Games Workshop and WizKids intend to do. Before we get caught up in theories of what this will mean for the Warhammer franchise, let’s see what WizKids had to say.

October 19, 2017 – Hillside, NJ – WizKids, a front runner in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today revealed a multi-year partnership with acclaimed fantasy miniatures company, Games Workshop. The new partnership will extend the Warhammer 40,000 universe IP across multiple categories, including, Dice Building Games™, board games and more!

“We’re thrilled to be working with Games Workshop and the Warhammer 40,000 license,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “This beloved franchise is known the world over and our partnership will allow us to create amazing products and experiences for fans everywhere.”

The multi-year deal will span numerous categories and include the most iconic Warhammer 40,000 characters and more. WizKids will create two new board games, along with dice games based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, with additional plans to republish classic board games Fury of Dracula and Relic.

WizKids will begin rolling out the new product lines in mid 2018.

 

Okay that’s not so bad right?  From what WizKids are saying this makes it seem like they will be leaving the tabletop side of the game alone. Which shouldn’t be too surprising considering the previous restrictions set by Games Workshop for Fantasy Flight Games, which before WizKids was in charge of producing other board and dice games.  They gave them free reign over a lot but it was a strict rule that they were to go nowhere near the models.  

After letting FFG go in the thoughts that they could do what FFG were doing just fine, they realized that may have not been the case.  Which might be why we are seeing this strangely similar deal being struck with WizKids.  

 

So should Warhammer fans be worried?

Will Warhammer get clix’d?!

 

Fortunately for most Warhammer fans who want to see the table top game left alone by WizKids, it is highly unlikely that WizKids will be allowed to do anything in the near future with the miniature and tabletop side of the franchise. If you think about how much GW makes off of their paints and brushes alone the financial chaos that having pre-painted models would create would be a bit insane.  However, is it not strange that the new stat degradation introduced in eighth edition is very similar to the way stat degradation works in the clix games?  It may be a setup for streamlining the process in the future but that is pretty unlikely and entirely speculation.  

The only way that could work for Games Workshop is if the miniatures still had to be built and painted, but then just put onto the clix base.  Sounds a bit ridiculous but so long as Games Workshop still gets all their money they would have little reason not to go for it.  Especially if they are already priming players to get used to the same stat degradation that we see in both clix games and now Games Workshop games.

What we know we can expect within the next year will be some pretty awesome board games coming back that a lot of us have been wanting to see return for some time.  Who knows maybe we will even get a WizKids version of Epic 40k?  That could be pretty interesting if they take the Battlemech approach.

We at Dark Millennium Studios are very excited to see what the future holds for our beloved hobby, and look forward to experiencing all the new things yet to come!