GW and Wizkids Announce Partnership

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GW and Wizkids are going to be teaming up to make more Warhammer 40K Games, as well as bring back classics like Fury of Dracula…

WizKids has just announced that they are teaming up with Games Workshop on a multi-year partnership that will see the release of many new Warhammer 40K games, including a variety of types (they list board games and dice games below), as well as bringing back games like Fury of Dracula and Relic. Take a look at the press release below, and then let’s talk about what that means.

via WizKids

WizKids, the leader 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.

Essentially, where GW and FFG have parted ways, Games Workshop is still looking for ways to push 40K into various arenas. This is a pretty big catch for WizKids, who have been making some strong pushes with their recent board games–including D&D’s Tomb of Annihilation board game, the Expanse board game, and Vlaada Chvatil’s Mage Knight and associated expansions. WizKids also makes a line of officially licensed Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder miniatures, which are just excellent.

So it heartens me to know that they’re going to be the ones that are responsible for bringing more 40K games into the world. Off the top of my head, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new version of something like Space Hulk, and we know that Talisman is coming this Christmas. I don’t think that’s part of the WizKids deal, but that, comboed with the announcement of Fury of Dracula and Relic, makes me think that we might get to see some updated versions of a ton of old classics. Here’s hoping we get a beautiful recreation of the best game Games Workshop has ever made.

Cardboard furniture and all.

WizKids makes quality miniatures and excellent games, so whatever they do, you can be sure the world of 40K is going to get a pretty good representation. We’ll have more news on what they create as it develops.

Trying to imagine a 40K dice game that DOESN’T end with everyone getting shot by the Commissar for dereliction of duty might be challenging, but if anyone is up to it, it’s Wizkids.

 

  • This could be the answer to all of the hand-wringing over having to paint models. I’ve said for years if GW included pre-painted models that they’d sell-out and stay hard to get because it is my feeling based on my own experience that most people hate painting, and this would give them painted models that they don’t have to mess with and just focus on the game.

    I would actually support that, because I hate facing half assembled grey-plastic hordes.

    Now of course… history says that FFG wasn’t allowed to do models so Wizkids probably cannot as well.

    I guess we’ll see.

    • Luka

      Ever heard of Rackham?

      • Severius_Tolluck

        probably not as look how well that turned out in the end…. But I jest, everyone long in this hobby knows all about them.

      • That was Rackham. Here we have a long established brand.

      • 3dken

        Long live the metal Rackham minis, not those pre-painted plastic crap!

        • GrenAcid

          Crap or not but I miss my clones and good loking werewolves.
          Oh Gods why you took Rakham??!! Curses upon you!

      • Richard Mitchell

        Or X-Wing and Armada?

    • I_am_Alpharius

      I bet (in not, pretty much, guarantee) whatever models Wizkids make they won’t be 28mm scale.

    • LankTank

      They will not make anything directly for 40k, and especially not 40k models.

      • We have no idea what is in planning or will be developed.

        • LankTank

          Yes we do. It’s called a business model. Why would GW have an agreement with Wizzkids to undermine their core business with same scale mininatures compatible with GW current range? The board gaming industry is booming, especially with Asmodee eating so many companies in it’s attempt to rival Hasbro but with actual games rather than the drivel Hasbro does and GW wants a slice. But they do not need help making mini’s for their game. They are providing licensing for alternative products of which they do not have the appropriate manufacturers/designers etc.
          Additionally if we look to GW’s prior agreement with Fantasy Flight you will see NO models that can be used in the game. While Wizzkids may make some different scale like FFG did for Forbidden Stars, that cannot be used in 40k. Additionally GW will not relinquish any other “board games” that have same scaled mini’s such as Necromunda, Space Hulk, Blood Bowl, SIlver Tower etc as suggested in this article.
          It is clear we can expect a reprint of Fury of Drac, Possibly a return of Conquest/Forbidden Stars/40k RPG’s as these, including old stock, are no longer available on the FFG website

          • You are privy to their business model? Or are you also offering what you think will happen?

          • LankTank

            Oh wow you aren’t to sharp are you?
            We KNOW what their business model is as we know what type of business they are. I think you meant business strategy. And while we are not privy to ALL of that, based on the business model you can definitely omit certain business approaches. For example no company would allow a licensee to make a product that is in direct competition with the licencor. This is a licensing agreement so that Wizkids can make new games using the GW trademarks or redistribute already existing products that GW does not have the faculties to produce efficiently. So back to the initial point, they will not distribute pre-painted same scale models for 40k, they will not have access to Space Hulk BUT I think we can all be excited that they may bring back some RPG range and hopefully continue with some of the existing 40k licensed product started with FFG

          • I see you have chosen to go the internet keyboard warrior route and delve into personal attacks, indicating no further discussion is required.

            PS – the proper english fragment you are looking for is “too sharp”, not “to sharp”.

  • Rafał Pytlak

    Warhammer 40k heroclix when? 😉

    • Apocryphus

      I’d love to throw my Sinestro Corps at Space Marines and see just how little fear they truly know.

      • John John Slade

        Ohh please…. Cato Sicarius can beat them all anyway.

        • Rafał Pytlak

          In brightest Cato Sicarius, in blackest Cato Cicarious will make sure no evil escapes my Cato Sicarious sight…

    • Michael Cameron

      A miniatures game for the 40K universe? Sounds like a great idea. Oh wait its already been done. 😉

      • Rafał Pytlak

        But wait! It has clicks! Clicks i tells ya!

    • Richard Mitchell

      Dude, that would be hawt. I still use MW Dark Age minis for BattleTech.

  • Stonewall

    I plan on playing some hero quest with my kids this weekend 🙂

    • Richard Mitchell

      Definitely needs a reboot, compared to other games out there but I have noticed that these older games like HQ and Dungeon! are more accessible to kids. Which probably explains our long hard road to nerdom.

      • Stonewall

        Someone tried… but didn’t get the license first! Least to say it didn’t work out so well for them even after a huge interest.

  • Allerka

    If they redo Relic, I hope they do a version that doesn’t take 30-45 minutes just to set up.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      It says “republish” in the blurb. Which means straight reprint of the game, just with Wizkids logo and marketing all over it rather than FFG.

      • Allerka

        Guess I’m skipping that one then.

  • Jay

    “makes a line of officially licensed Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder miniatures, which are just excellent”… proceeds to show a picture of a travesty of a miniature.

    • eMtoN

      I hope that miniature isn’t representative of the line. It looks like something I might have painted a very very long time ago.

      • It’s not a great picture, but that’s actually one of Wizkids’ *better* paintjobs.

        They’re… adequate. Throw a wash over them and they become tolerable from a distance.

        Originally they were meant to be cheap to the point of being disposable, but looking at prices now that seems to have fallen by the wayside at some point.

        • GrenAcid

          Its time to stock up paint removal?

    • Richard Mitchell

      Which is sad because there non collectible minis are really great quality.

    • frank

      lol true but the paint jobs on pathfinder minis are not terrible. they have come along way since mage knight was released.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    The word ‘meh’ comes to mind. But hey, as they say, everything’s not for everyone. Whilst Wizkids do sell plenty of games aimed at older gamers (which is where would Relic fit in); they do, however, produce an awful lot of game aimed at younger people (10yrs+). I would imagine the latter market is an area GW are looking to exploit through Wizkids. Via playing the GW themed gamer, younger player can become accustom to GW IP. So, when they walk pass a store on the high street they recognise the brands increasing the temptation to go in.

    • LankTank

      I for one hope they leave Relic alone. It is not a good game compared to some other 40k licenses out there.
      What I am definitely hoping for is a continuation of Conquest and Forbidden Stars, 2 top tier games cut in their ascension due to Asmodee buying FFG

    • ZeeLobby

      Man. I consider relic to be a kid’s game. I do get what you’re saying though. The sad thing is that I really got into the GW IP playing 40K, and a more complex game than what exists today. What does that say about society, lol.

    • Richard Mitchell

      40k Heroclix is a thing.

  • SilentPony

    “high-quality pre-painted miniatures”……

    …………..

    ………………….

    • ZeeLobby

      Quality might honestly be a stretch

  • Grumpy Scot

    Relic is fun.

  • William Crouse

    Wizkids minis look ugly.. Am just hoping for a “Mage Knight” 2nd edition board game with GW minis.

  • BrianDavion

    No no no no no no, I’ve still not forgiven WK for what they did with Battletech

  • dinodoc

    BattleFleet Gothic Attack Wing

    • Richard Mitchell

      BFG Hero clicks would be awesome.

      • bobrunnicles

        Only as long as they at least TRY to maintain some sense of relative scale. Star Trek Attack Wing is horrendous in that regard even if the game itself is good.

  • Rafał Pytlak

    I’m all for that, at least for 2+ wound models

  • Why the Hell is this a thing? If GW can prove anything with it’s recent ideas, it’s that they can do things fine themselves. I.e, making Specialist Games a thing again.