Games Workshop are reviving Warhammer Fantasy and the ‘Old World’

By Joe Robinson 18 Nov 2019 0

It’s not quite my area of expertise, but I got the impression that quite a few people were upset when Games Workshop shut down the ‘OG’ Warhammer Fantasy line and replaced it with the 'Warhammer 40K Space Marines except its Fantasy' line that is Age of Sigmar.

It’s hard to really gauge the impact that decision had - by all accounts Age of Sigmar didn’t die in the fire many hoped would consume it. Games Workshop generally are going from strength to strength as a business, which would suggest Age of Sigmar has done alright.

In the interim, the ‘Old World’ has lived on through various licenses (now that Games Workshop are being a bit less of a pain in that area), most notably the Total War: Warhammer franchise from Creative Assembly. You’d think then that, as a company that’s generally always stood by their decisions and everyone else be damned, they wouldn’t be one to look back and wonder if mistakes had been made.

And yet:

Warhammer the old world

Now, to be fair, you can’t take this as an admission of wrong-doing. All we know is that there’s a new team at Games Workshop looking at bringing back a bunch of stuff from the original Fantasy line. If you read the full announcement post, there’s a couple of key take-aways:

  • All they’ve got is a logo, so this is a long way off at best.
  • They now view ‘The Old World’ as something akin to the Horus Heresy era for Warhammer 40K.

I suspect this means they’re going to look at ways to bring back iconic figures an armies from the original line, but adapted so that they essentially use the Age of Sigmar format. Again, it’s not my area of expertise so I’m not able to summarize the differences between Fantasy and AoS, but they are very different games from what I understand. Here’s the key extract:

The Old World is to Warhammer Age of Sigmar, as the Horus Heresy is to Warhammer 40,000. The bedrock of lore from which mortals rose to godhood and legends were forged. And like the Horus Heresy, seeing those mythic heroes in action has an undeniable appeal, as does re-creating the glorious armies of a previous epoch – an exciting proposition for hobbyists and gamers alike. And now, we have a dedicated team in the Warhammer Studio beginning the work of bringing all that awesome back to the tabletop.

So there you go - they’re bringing Fantasy back. There must still be enough residual interest in Warhammer Fantasy to make the business case for (re)developing this line. Whether it gets its own game or becomes an ‘alt’ form of Age of Sigmar, we won’t find out till much later. I doubt they’ll try and bring back the original rule-set as they were; that really would be an admission they’d made a mistake.

There’s promise of regular updates on this new project, so we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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