Way back in 2008, Fantasy Flight Games first began publishing great games set in the amazing Games Workshop universes. Now, eight years later, Fantasy Flight Games have announced the conclusion of their business relationship with Games Workshop.
Earlier today, they released the following statement;
From the earliest days of the partnership, Games Workshop played a key role in the Fantasy Flight Games library, helping us further develop roleplaying games likeDark Heresy and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, while creating and establishing new board games like Chaos in the Old World and Forbidden Stars, and Living Card Games® such asWarhammer 40,000: Conquest and Warhammer: Invasion.
Games Workshop has been a fantastic partner for the past eight years, and we’re thrilled that we had the opportunity to work together and bring so many new and exciting games into the world. As much as we have enjoyed creating these games, our current licensing term is coming to an end.
Beginning February 28th, 2017, Fantasy Flight Games will no longer offer for sale any games in conjunction with Games Workshop, including Talisman and all games taking place in the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 universes.
We’re extremely grateful to our friends at Games Workshop for giving us the opportunity to play in the worlds that they created, and we wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
What is the timeframe for the conclusion of the business relationship?
All upcoming products for Games Workshop-licensed games have already been announced and will be released in upcoming months. All Games Workshop-licensed product lines will leave the Fantasy Flight Games catalog on February 28th, 2017.
What does this mean for Fantasy Flight Games products created from Games Workshop properties?
As stated above, after February 28th, 2017, product lines dealing with Games Workshop properties will end and will no longer be offered for sale by Fantasy Flight Games.
All upcoming products for these product lines have already been announced—there will be no new announcements of additional Games Workshop-licensed products. All announced, currently unreleased products will be released before the conclusion of the business relationship between Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop.
The full list of product lines leaving the Fantasy Flight Games catalog is:
• Black Crusade
• Blood Bowl: Team Manager
• Chaos in the Old World
• Chaos Marauders
• Dark Heresy
• Dark Heresy Second Edition
• Forbidden Stars
• Fury of Dracula
• Only War
• Rogue Trader
• Space Hulk: Death Angel
• Warhammer: Diskwars
• Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
• Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game
• Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
• Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
• All Fantasy Flight Supply products showing imagery licensed to Games Workshop
What does this mean for Warhammer 40,000: Conquest Organized Play?
Organized Play support for Warhammer 40,000: Conquest will conclude this year at the Fantasy Flight Games World Championships. After the 2016 World Championships, there will be no Organized Play support for Warhammer 40,000: Conquest.
Retailers: All pre-orders for Warhammer 40,000: Conquest Store Championship Kits and Quarter 1 Tournament Kits have been canceled. These kits have been discontinued and will not be released. Retailers will not be charged for these kits.
As someone who got into Talisman quite recently, I’m saddened to hear that the 4th Edition will be coming to an end with the conclusion of this business partnership. In the past eight years, over a dozen expansions have been released for that game alone – expansions which have slowly been trickling their way onto Steam to accompany the video game adaptation (all hail Gabe for the Steam Summer Sale). I expect that this new control over their IP will no doubt cause Games Workshop to release new editions over the coming years, and Talisman will probably not be an exception. However, is this the right move for Games Workshop to make? Only time will tell.
If you are a collector of any of the products which are being coming to a close, it might be worth completing your collection before February when Fantasy Flight Games cease production. Otherwise the prices might just climb to more than you’re comfortable with – trust the guy who got into Legendary right after they stopped producing the Fantastic Four expansion.