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?!