The next big Total War game is going to show us ancient China later this year, set in 190CE to be exact. 

Total War has been having a hell of a party on the Fantasy side of the genre of late. Yes, there has been Empire Divided which wasn’t met with amazing critical reception. We also know of the recently announced Total Wars Sagas series which will see the game take us back to early feuds over the British Isles in a more focused campaign (à la Napolean Total War). But this foray into ancient China that is being teased by Three Kingdoms looks full of heart and wonder.

As this game focusses on one empire, I have an inkling that the campaign map will be of the smaller variety, but I like the Total War games that use a focal point in history. The title alone teases the fact this will feature three playable factions, but this is just speculation. Maybe this will mean a more narrative-driven campaign perhaps?

Also, the prominent three characters in the trailer also point to there being interesting and colourful hero-type characters that can turn the tide of battle, like in the Total War: Warhammer series.

Here’s another snippet of info courtesy of Creative Assembly:

Three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of tyranny, rally support for the trials ahead. Scenting opportunity, warlords from China’s great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. Will they triumph against the tyrant, or will personal ambition shatter their already crumbling alliance and drive them to supremacy?

The crucible fizzes. Allegiances shift. The fires of conflict stoke opportunity. Only one thing is certain: the very future of China will be shaped by its champions. Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next major historical strategy game in the award-winning Total War series.

No word on release date yet but we predict it will be Autumn 2018 thereabouts. With this and the release of the Sagas series and the recent Rome II expansion, there are lots of goings on in Creative Assembly’s non-fiction portfolio.

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