UPDATE, February 3: Total War: Warhammer 3 officially revealed alongside races and a few details about its world.
Total War: Warhammer 3 has now been officially announced and will grace our screens with its long-awaited presence later this year. A new title means a whole new set of races, and now we have a better picture of what we can expect to see at launch.
Creative Assembly previously revealed the then-full map for Total War: Warhammer 2, when it revealed the Skaven a few years ago. This map, along with details we gleaned from the Total War event we previously attended to get a hands-on with the Skaven Campaign as well as an interview with the developers, led us to the conclusion that the in-production Total War: Warhammer 3 will be set in the East of the Warhammer world. This is the case, at least to some extent.
What will we see in Total War Warhammer 3?
In the event, we attended a presentation on the complete Mega-Campaign for Total War: Warhammer (named later Mortal Empires), which allows you to combine both the first game and the second game together so to play the entire series as any race from either game. The whole Total War: Warhammer map so far was shown... which showed a blank area to the East of the mountains that run alongside the Badlands and the Empire. We were asked to draw our own conclusions about where the third game would be set.
Most importantly, this also makes sense too. The combined map of Total War: Warhammer 1 and 2 covers the entire Western side of the Warhammer map, leaves only the Eastern areas for Creative Assembly to use for the next game. Let's have a look at the world map:
The Red area in the middle is the map of the first game, including DLC. The Blue area. which is mostly water and so is why it's so large, is the campaign map of Total War: Warhammer II which you can see in more detail in the map at the top of this page.
The Purple area can only be the setting of Total War: Warhammer III. This area comprises the Dark Lands, the Ogre Kingdoms, Nippon, the Kingdoms of Ind, Grand Cathay, and the Hinterlands of Khuresh. If you can see the analogy in the map, these are places based on India, China, Japan, Russia and more.
The Total War: Warhammer 3 announcement later confirmed that its map stretches "from the mysterious Lands of the East to the daemon-infested Realms of Chaos." It sounds like we're also going a bit beyond just "east."
Total War: Warhammer 3 Races
Total War: Warhammer 3 will launch with a total of six races, the most of any base game in the trilogy. Four of its factions are dedicated to the Chaos Gods while two represent the defenders of the mortal realms.
Khorne: Associated with war, brutality, and bloodshed, Khorne is arguably the most straightforward of Chaos Gods. Juggernauts, Bloodletters, and Bloodthirsters were present in the CGI trailer for Warhammer 3, which leads us to believe that we'll also see them in-game.
Nurgle: Nurgle deals in disease and decay and is likely older than the other Dark Gods. His armies could include Plaguebearers, the aberrant Beasts of Nurgle, and massive Great Unclean Ones.
Slaanesh: Although one could argue that the god of obsession and excess has more influence among the more civilized and refined, he's no less prone to revel in slaughter than his peers. We expect to see the hypnotic yet deadly Daemonettes, Hellflayers, and Keepers of Secrets among his ranks.
Tzeentch: The Changer of Ways also deals in deceit and lies. We got a taste of what a Lord of Change can do in the original game through Sarthorael the Everwatcher. We also expect to see Flamers, Pink Horrors, and Burning Chariots among his ranks.
Kislev: If you ventured north of the Empire, you might have already noticed Kislev acting as a bulwark against Chaos. In Warhammer 3, it's getting the full faction treatment. Likely led by Tzarina Katarin Bokha, Kislev enters battle with Winged Lancers, Bear Riders, Kossars, and very likely more.
Grand Cathay: The largest human empire in the Warhammer world, ruled by the Celestial Dragon Emperor, who is either an immortal or a dragon in the form of a man. Units can include the Celestial Dragon Monks, Shugengan wizards, Jade Lions and lightning-spewing flying unicorns called Ki-rin. The faction was fleshed out by Creative Assembly in collaboration with Games Workshop for Total War: Warhammer 3, so expect it to be on par with the others on this list.
Total War Warhammer 3 Bonus Pre-Order and DLC Race
Creative Assembly has confirmed that players who pre-order Total War: Warhammer 3 or purchase it during launch week will get an additional Race Pack for free. The additional faction has yet to be named, but that doesn't mean we can't engage in a bit of speculation as to what it and future DLC races might be.
The Ogres: The most obvious, from the Ogre Kingdoms, massive barbarians riding mammoths and sabre-tooth tigers into battle and resembling an army of cavemen.
Chaos Dwarfs: A race of Merciless Daemonsmiths that hail from the Dark Lands and embody all that's evil in their cousins that were not twisted by Chaos. Aside from being excellent craftsmen that rely on an industry based on slavery, they're also expert warriors.
Hobgoblin Empire: The Hobgoblin Empire rules the Eastern Steppes above Cathay, and are comprised of Greenskin tribes all pledging allegiance to the mighty Hobgobla-Khan.
Snake Men: The Serpent-Naga of Khuresh are dark legends of the Warhammer-verse, with an appetite for blood and who hunt mortal men as prey. They have the power to cause madness and death, and worship Chaos.
Previously, we spoke to Scott Pitkethly, Lead Programmer on the Warhammer series and he told us why and how the Total War: Warhammer Trilogy was conceived:
"We’ve certainly said from the beginning that we wanted to do Warhammer as a trilogy, and that’s because we looked at the content and said that you can’t do justice to the license in just one game. There’s no way we could’ve done that with all factions in one game, so we knew we’d want to break it up into three games so we can do proper justice to all factions. Personally I’m a Daemon Chaos player!"
Total War: Warhammer III is out in Late 2021, taking longer to come out than the second game did, as suggested in our interview with Scott and Matt Davis.
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