There's something of a board-game-to-electronic-device renaissance going on over at Games Workshop, as the games publisher has not only recently announced Warhammer Quest for iOS, but they've also revealed plans to bring my favorite RPG/adventure board game Talisman to PC. The game, titled Talisman: Prologue (to no doubt prepare for multiple expansions) and developed by UK-based Nomad Games, is up on Steam Greenlight right now, so you may want to give it a few up votes if you haven't already. Some initial screenshots are in our image gallery, while we have both an announcement trailer and some footage from Games Day 2012 for you below:
Read on for the press release:
Nomad Games granted license by Games Workshop® to develop digital versions of fantasy adventure board game ‘Talisman®’.
September 18 2012 – Today, new digital studio, Nomad Games Limited, announced that it has obtained rights to develop and publish versions of the million-selling fantasy adventure board game ‘Talisman’, on a variety of platforms. The board game is published under license by Fantasy Flight Games® and is an original property of Games Workshop Limited. Nomad Games will adapt Talisman to suit platforms ranging from PC to smartphones and other digitally connected devices, using the Marmalade cross-platform SDK. The first release in the series - Talisman Prologue - is scheduled before the end of 2012 on PC, to be followed by versions for smart phones and tablets. First look will be at ‘Games Day’ at the NEC in Birmingham on 23rd September.
Design Director Carl Jackson explained ‘While Talisman fans have been waiting to see their favourite game in virtual form, we have also focused on appealing to new players. Talisman Prologue, is not only a fresh spin on the game, it’s designed to help players become Talisman masters’.
Don Whiteford, Commercial Director at Nomad Games stated ‘we are delighted to be working with Games Workshop and to have Talisman for our first product as a new studio. We are looking forward to building a community around this original and well-loved property.’
‘We really enjoyed working with the guys from Nomad on Kill Team and are proud of the game that resulted from that relationship’, said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing at Games Workshop, ‘ we’re looking forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of Talisman by complementing it’s phenomenal ongoing success as a boardgame by releasing it for digital platforms.
About Nomad Games The studio was formed in 2011 from the closure of the THQ Warrington office, formerly known as Juice Games Ltd. The company comprises veteran developers with a track record in PC, console and digital titles such as Juiced and Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team. For details check www.nomadgames.co.uk
About Talisman Talisman, the magical quest game is a classic board game that has been enjoyed by fantasy fans for nearly 30 years. As one of a variety of characters, which includes warriors, rogues and magicians, the player embarks on a perilous adventure to find and claim the Crown of Command, a magical artefact with the power to destroy any rival and make the bearer the ruler of the kingdom. It’s a game of skill and strategy combined with the luck of dice and cards. About the Marmalade SDK The Marmalade SDK enables easy cross-platform porting across a range of platforms and devices including PC, iOS, BlackBerry, Android and Smart TVs without needing to compromise performance or quality. Marmalade is a trading name of Ideaworks3D Limited, a privately held company. Further details can be obtained at www.madewithmarmalade.com
About Games Workshop Games Workshop® Group PLC (LSE:GAW.L) is based in Nottingham, UK. Games Workshop designs, manufactures, retails, and distributes its range of Warhammer® and Warhammer® 40,000® games, miniature soldiers, novels and model kits through more than 400 of its own Hobby centres, the Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at www.games-workshop.com