The Total War franchise is famous for intense real-time battles and a cutthroat turn-based campaign, where players work to take over a map with their chosen army and faction. For the first time in 15 years, that model is being applied to a fantasy setting rather than a real-world backdrop. Developer Creative Assembly announced the next Total War game with a trailer introducing fans to Total War: Warhammer on the studio’s official website.
The fantasy setting, creatures, and motifs are new to a Total War game, but the features will fit into the franchise’s structure quite well. Leading a massive army in vast, tactical real-time battles is a given, and with Total War: Warhammer, players will be commanding Orcs or Dwarves rather than historically accurate humans. As for the campaign, players can expect the classic turn-based map gameplay only set upon the Old World.
“The limitlessly deep and rich universe of Warhammer heralds a new era for Total War. Gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes, and storms of magical power take their place on the battlefield, alongside thousands of warriors clashing in real-time tactical battles.”
Total War: Warhammer is the first in a trilogy where following installments can be added or purchased as standalone content. Additional content packs are also expected over time. Initially, though, players will have three factions to choose to lead. As VideoGamer points out, Sega, the game’s publisher, confirmed these three specific factions. They are the Greenskins, comprised of Orcs and Goblins; the Dwarves; and the Vampire Counts. The Empire is mentioned and said to be led by Karl Franz. However, Sega did not confirm that faction as playable at this time. A bit of lore is also available setting up the story behind Total War: Warhammer as well.
“And while the Old World becomes torn by betrayal, war and the unleashing of unfathomable power, a greater threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle …”
As the Inquisitr reported, Sega vowed to focus on PC and mobile gaming back in January. The mention of three Total War games was made at that time, but it is unclear if those three titles were each of the standalone Total War: Warhammer titles, or it and two other entries.
Total War: Warhammer has no release date yet, but the game will be available on PC, Mac, and SteamOS when it launches. Does the fantasy setting of the next Total War game intrigue you, or would you rather stick to real-world settings for the franchise?
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