WizKids and Games Workshop, two companies known for producing quality miniatures lines, have launched a multi-year partnership to create a number of games based on GW’s iconic Warhammer 40,000 universe.

The deal will include iconic Warhammer 40,000 characters, races, and themes and will extend over multiple game categories.  Starting in 2018, WizKids will produce at least two new board games based on Warhammer 40,000.  In addition, the company will publish a line of Dice Building Games set in that universe, and republish two of Games Workshop’s popular titles:  Fury of Dracula and Relic.

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

Both companies are scheduled to appear at the ESSENtial Retailer Summit in Essen, Germany next week (see “First Retailer Summit at Spiel”).

Since severing its relationship with Fantasy Flight at the beginning of the year (see “Fantasy Flight, Games Workshop End Licensing Relationship”), Games Workshop has been pushing its IPs into the broader board gaming market, with both in-house titles (see “GW Relaunches ‘Talisman’” and “‘Shadow War:  Armageddon,’ ‘Thunder & Blood,’ ‘Kharadon Overlords,’ More”) and licensing deals with a number of other publishers (see “Devir Licenses Games Workshop Characters for Wacky Racing Game” and “Ninja Division to Release ‘Doomseeker’”).