Creative Assembly is preparing to end its bloodthirsty, amazing trilogy with Total War: Warhammer 3. It’s been a much longer wait than the distance between the previous Warhammers, but it also looks set to get significantly bigger with seven launch factions – four of them follow the Gods of Chaos – against each other on a map covering the Kingdom of Chaos and the Lands of the East.
Below you will find everything we know about Warhammer 3 so far. Be sure to return later as we get more details.
What is the release date of Total War: Warhammer 3?
Total War: Warhammer 3 is released February 17th via Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Where is Total War: Warhammer 3 set?
We are on our way to the Chaos Kingdom this time, as well as the Countries of the East. The former is a quirky magical hellish landscape where the chaos gods quarrel and plan their conquests of reality. It is connected with the mortal world, but also to a large extent its own thing, defying the laws of physics and being shaped by thoughts and emotions.
The countries of the East, meanwhile, are a bit closer to a real-world location. Expect some similarities with Russia and China, but with goblins, ogres, dragons, plundering worshipers of chaos and other amazing elements.
It will also be huge. “Compared to campaign cards, it’s big … about twice the size of Warhammer 2’s Eye of the Vortex card,” Game Director Ian Roxburgh told us in our Total War: Warhammer 3 interview.
Who are Total War: Warhammer 3s factions?
Warhammer 3 is launched with seven factions, predominantly full of demons. Chaos will be represented by the armies of Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh and Tzeentch, while the human factions of Cathay and Kislev will be against them, and Ogre Kingdoms will appear as the launch DLC, as Warriors of Chaos was in the original game.
Cathay and Kislev do not have armies in the board game right now, although Games Workshop is putting together a Kislev army for its revival of the old world. That means we’ll get some surprises, and you can also expect some brand new demonic creatures.
Are there Total War: Warhammer 3 trailers?
Yes! Give the launch trailer a watch above. It’s just a movie, but it sets the stage. It is focused on Katarin, who is preparing to meet demons and chaotic warriors with Kislev’s forces. Finally, we also see a card teasing Cathay.
Newer trailers have shown us singing ogres, and a closer look at the Grand Cathay complete with flying war machines, terracotta giants and legendary gentlemen turning into dragons.
Is the mechanics changing?
Siege battles are being reworked, with a wider selection of siege maps that are more tightly themed for each faction, and with multiple layers of walls in some cities. Defenders will be able to construct barricades, traps and fortifications in the middle of the battle using supply points earned by holding key locations, and settlements will be more multi-layered with bridges and the like providing high ground.
New is also survival battles that give climax to quest chains. Each of them will begin with hordes of weaker enemies building in intensity as you take points and face multiple elite units. As with sieges, you will be able to construct buildings in the middle of the battle, such as archery platforms, walls, and artillery towers. You will even be able to recruit new units midway before essentially facing a boss battle once you have all the points of conquest.
The new factions also have unique mechanics, and all demon factions will have access to cults, they can hide in rival settlements, and special actions unlocked by raising the level of corruption.
Minor quality-of-life improvements include a switch to land flying units, a slow-motion casting option to make it easier to place spells and abilities, an inactive unit’s shortcut key, and more.
Mortal Empires returns
Mortal Empires is a mega-campaign that combines the cards and factions from the first two games. It’s big, and it’s incredible. It’s also going to get a lot bigger. At some point after launch, Total War: Warhammer 3 will receive a similar one called Immortal Empires, which combines the cards and factions from all three games. It will be free for anyone who owns all three games.
When it first arrived in Total War: Warhammer 2, Mortal Empires was very slow. Pressing ‘End Turn’ gave you enough time to make a cup of tea and read at least one chapter in a book. Since then, the Creative Assembly has worked magically on the engine, and given the scale of the campaign, it is now surprisingly fast. At least when it comes to waiting for your turn. It still takes a million years to complete a campaign.
Creative Assembly still focuses on performance, so you can expect more improvements this time around.
What about Total War: Warhammer 3 DLC?
The previous games, especially Warhammer 2, enjoyed lots of free and premium DLC along with lots of significant updates and overhauls. More of the same will come with Warhammer 3, though the Creative Assembly has not specified what to expect.
Hints, on the other hand, abound. We know that the Creative Assembly wants to use any army, and we know that it is also willing to include things that do not have armies. With that in mind, a Chaos Dwarf faction seems likely, and mercenary Dogs of War an option.
During our first look at Cathay, we asked Game Director Ian Roxburgh about potential DLC for the countries bordering it. “When we go further and further into the things that have not been developed by the Games Workshop until now, we never say never, but when it comes to Nippon and Ind, it is not on the radar at the moment,” he said. “But definitely padded the outskirts around Cathay, there’s plenty to come in the future there.”
The question is what form the DLC will take. With Warhammer 2, the Creative Assembly decided not to introduce lots of mini-campaigns, instead releasing lots of new masters, accompanied by new mechanics, devices and quirks. That was definitely the right call, and I suppose we’ll see the same thing here.
We know that a version of the blood and gore DLC Blood for the Blood God will be available for Total War: Warhammer 3, and once again, those who own it for one of the previous games will get it for free.