Publisher Sega and developer Creative Assembly today officially announced that Total War: Warhammer 3 is, indeed, launching later this year. The news follows a series of teaser videos that foreshadowed the arrival of "dark times."
And dark they are, as Total War: Warhammer 3 pits the defenders of the mortal realms against the four Chaos Gods and their endless cohorts of unholy daemonic horrors. Stretching "from the mysterious Lands of the East to the daemon-infested Realms of Chaos," the final title in Creative Assembly's popular trilogy promises "strategy gaming on a scale yet unseen."
Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, and Tzeentch are each represented by a faction in Total War: Warhammer 3. They're then joined by Kislev and Cathay, for a total of six launch races and nine available legendary lords. An additional Race Pack is confirmed as a bonus for all who pre-order or purchase the game during its launch week, although more details about this faction are coming "in a few months."
The title will feature a brand new grand campaign that tasks players "with saving or exploiting the power of a dying god." Each faction "offers a unique journey through the nightmarish Chaos Realm, culminating in an endgame that will determine the fate of the world," according to a press release sent to us by SEGA.
Although the arrival of the Chaos Gods themselves might suggest as much, the developer has clarified that Total War: Warhammer 3 is not set during the End Times and will also not feature any elements from the Age of Sigmar tabletop game.
Like the previous two entries, it will be "set around the reign of Karl Franz." Warhammer Fantasy Battles 8th Edition is quoted as the primary source of inspiration with older editions being used "where appropriate."
Although its focus currently lies on the base game, a combined map – akin to the one in Warhammer 2's Mortal Realms DLC – is part of the developer's plans. It will be added, at some point, as free DLC for players who own all three titles on the same store.
Total War: Warhammer 3 is set to launch on PC later in 2021 and is headed to both Steam and the Epic Games Store. Content will arrive on both storefronts simultaneously, but there currently isn't a way to track owned DLC across storefronts.
The developer hopes to introduce a way to track it via Total War Access "in the future" but cannot guarantee, at the moment, that it will happen. You can check out the game's CGI announcement trailer below. It might not be gameplay, but it's hard to argue against Kislev and its angry bears facing off against equally angry demons of Khorne.
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