As teased over the past few days, Creative Assembly and Sega finally announced Total War: Warhammer III.
The last chapter of the trilogy will partly tread uncharted territory. Not only it will bring to the battle the four chaos factions, Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, and Tzeentch, but also Kislev and Cathay.
According to a FAQ published by the developer, the developers partnered with Games Workshop to expand these factions for the game.
The game is coming this year for both Steam and Epic Games Store, but there won’t be any exclusive content for either storefront.
A Mortal Empires-like free DLC combining all three games will also come, and unsurprisingly, the End Times campaign and Age of Sigmar will not be involved (Thank the Lady!)
“As with Total War: WARHAMMER and Total War: WARHAMMER II, Total War: WARHAMMER III is set around the reign of Karl Franz. Our primary source is Warhammer Fantasy Battles 8th Edition, although we have and will continue to use older editions for inspiration where appropriate.”
An early adopter bonus in the form of a race pack will be provided, but for now its nature has not been shared.
Below you can find the announcement trailer and a comment from Game Director, Ian Roxburgh.
“Our vision, from the start, was to create a series that felt like an incredible journey through this world we all loved. The enormous support of our players in ensuring the success of the first two instalments has pushed our ambition to new heights, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience it.”
Jon Gillard, Global Head of Licensing at Games Workshop also commented.
“The craft, dedication and authenticity to the Warhammer world that Creative Assembly has poured into the celebrated Total War Warhammer franchise over the years has been a delight to us at Games Workshop and fans worldwide.
Creating and developing the armies of Cathay and Kislev for this project has been a lot of fun for our designers and we’re looking forward to seeing them take to the field in this huge third game in the series.”
Perhaps, that delight from the fans should give you a clue as to what Warhammer people want to play, Jon.
Lastly, here’s an official description:
“Far beyond the world and its petty wars there exists a dimension of pure, malevolent magic: The Realm of Chaos. It is a terrible place, incomprehensible to the mortal mind. It whispers promises of power, but to behold it is to be seduced by it. To relinquish your soul to it. To become it.
The four Ruinous Powers rule over this place, ever seeking to slip their bonds and engulf the world in a tide of daemonic corruption. Nurgle, the plague god; Slaanesh, the lord of excess; Tzeentch, the changer of ways; and Khorne, the god of blood and slaughter.
On the border between the worlds, two mighty kingdoms stand sentinel: the stern warriors of Kislev and the vast empire of Grand Cathay. But each is beset by its own trials, and now both have cause to cross the threshold and send their armies into the Realm of Chaos.
The world stands on a precipice. A single push will plunge it into cataclysm.
And there is one who schemes to achieve just that, an ancient figure who desires nothing less than to wield supreme power. But to succeed, he will need a champion…
The coming conflict will engulf all. Will you conquer your daemons? Or command them?”