Creative Assembly has officially announced Total War Warhammer 3.
Total War Warhammer 3 is the culmination of a trilogy after 2016’s Total War Warhammer and 2017’s Total War Warhammer 2, and is an elaborate turn-based strategy series shot through with intimate, real-time battles. It builds on Creative Assembly’s own style of iconic real-time strategy combat and draws upon the rich lore of Games Workshop’s wildly popular tabletop miniatures game, Warhammer.
In the lore of Warhammer, the Realm of Chaos — also known as The Aethyr — is a dimension of pure magic. The cinematic trailer shows Kislev warriors, a fictional human faction that draws from Polish and Russian military history, fighting against the demonic forces of Khorne. The battlefield itself is an impassable frozen landscape with tooth-like mountains rising in the distance. The imagery recalls some of the more fantastical battle-scapes from previous entries in the series, which included massive underground caverns and other unearthly environments.
The press release confirms that both the Kislev and Cathay armies as playable factions alongside the agents of Chaos — Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, and Tzeentch. Fans of the Warhammer 40,000 setting will recognize those gods, which are shared between both gameplay systems. It also hints at “iconic new races from the World of Warhammer Fantasy Battles system”.
The official synopsis reads:
“Embarking on a new grand campaign, you will be tasked with saving or exploiting the power of a dying god. Each race offers a unique journey through the nightmarish Chaos Realm, culminating in an endgame that will determine the fate of the world.”
Total War Warhammer 3 is slated to launch on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store sometime in 2021. In the meantime, check out the trailer below: