Although its single-player campaign is the main draw for many fans, Total War: Warhammer 3 continues the series' tradition of having a multiplayer component that makes it easy to lose plenty of hours watching armies clash in co-op or when facing other players in PvP.
Total War: Warhammer 3's multiplayer might also just be the most robust offering of the entire trilogy, much like its roster of launch factions, which is twice as large as its predecessors. Not only does it launch with new types of battles that you can fight alongside and against human players, but its multiplayer co-op campaign is no longer shackled by a two-player limit.
Total Warhammer 3 Multiplayer Details
During January's preview event, when we learned about the game's eight faction and its customizable Daemon Prince, developer Creative Assembly confirmed that Total War: Warhammer III's multiplayer co-op campaign mode will support up to eight players.
On top of that, it will be playable using simultaneous turns, which should hopefully reduce the wait times when making tough decisions.
Total War: Warhammer III's co-op campaign will be available at launch and covers its flagship grand campaign mode exactly as it is playable in single-player. In addition, two smaller alternatives will also be available.
Darkness & Disharmony also supports up to 8 players and plays as "a free-for-all sandbox campaign focused on a Daemonic invasion of Grand Cathay". Players battle over control of key settlements as either Grand Cathay, the Ogre Kingdoms, Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch, or Slaanesh.
Something Rotten in Kislev is the smallest multiplayer campaign in Total War: Warhammer 3, supporting up to 3 players. Stretching across the kingdom's territories, it focuses on "Kislev-only playable factions" and is "designed to be completed in a single session." Playable lords include Tzarina Katarin, Kostaltyn, and Boris Ursus.
If you're looking to get a quick fix that doesn't involve empire management, Total War: Warhammer 3's multiplayer mode will also feature several different types of battles, supporting between 2 and 8 players.
Survival battles are a new addition in the trilogy's closing chapter that was initially revealed when we first saw Kislev's incursion into Khorne's realm. They are part of Total War: Warhammer 3's co-op offering and can be played on one of three difficulty settings.
They revolve around capturing points while using supplies to build fortifications and towers or summon in reinforcements as you battle waves of daemonic enemies.
Not only do you need to make proper use of your troops but the additions of barricades and towers help you seek more creative solutions to culling the enemy hordes as you funnel them through choke points.
Minor settlement and Siege battles have received a number of improvements as part of the game's siege rework, which include new mechanics for defending armies alongside a set of new maps.
Lastly, Domination battles are yet another new type introduced in Total War Warhammer 3, described by the developer as "a new competitive area-control mode where players must defeat enemy forces, capture objectives, and dial in reinforcements across a series of specifically designed arena maps."
In addition, the following multiplayer battle types will also be available when Total War: Warhammer 3 launches:
- Land battles
- Free-for-all battles
- Ambush battles
- Chokepoint battles
- Subterranean battles
- Quest battles
There's also ranked matchmaking, for the more competitive players, and Creative Assembly also intends to support cross-store multiplayer at release.
Total War: Warhammer 3 launches on PC on February 17. You can grab it from Fanatical, other major storefronts, as well as Xbox Game Pass.
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