SEGA Europe have today announced a new game mode called The Laboratory, which will launch as a free update for Total War: Warhammer II on 14th December 2017.

In a press release issued today, Sega described The Laboratory as being designed in collaboration with Intel and is aimed directly at players with upper end, powerful gaming PC’s. The Laboratory is a ‘Skaven-themed Custom Battle playground’.

The Laboratory contains numerous sliders that enable players to manipulate multiple game variables and tweak them to their heart’s content. This is designed to push battles in new and creative directions. According to Sega players can massively ramp-up unit sizes, remove the bounds of gravity, and increase impact force tenfold to create scenes of pure chaos. With sixteen different settings to tinker with, players can also save their best combinations of tweaks to share and use again with friends in future battles. More info on exactly what you can cook up in the laboratory can be found in a Q&A session held on the Total War Blog.

A gameplay trailer showing off the new mode was launched alongside the press release today, The Laboratory launches for free in an update due December 14th.

Those concerned about their PC’s ability to run The Laboratory can refer to a question asked in the aforementioned Q&A blog session,

‘Will The Laboratory run on my PC?’

‘The Laboratory offers a possible glimpse into the future of Total War technology, primarily leveraging Intel’s latest multi-core processors to drive additional performance beyond the original game’s design parameters. Any PC can attempt to use The Laboratory, but your performance will vary wildly so be warned that lower end PCs may massively struggle, or crash, when sliders are pushed to the max.’

Total War: Warhammer II made it onto the shortlist for our 2017 PC Game of the year pick and is available now direct or via Steam.



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