Creative Assembly has announced the arrival of the strategy game Total War: Warhammer III. This third title in the strategy series based on the fantasy setting of the Warhammer world will be released sometime later this year.
The existing Steam page does not yet mention an exact release date, although it does say ‘late 2021’. Total War: Warhammer III is set around the period in which Karl Franz reigned, with Warhammer Fantasy Battles 8th Edition being the primary source, Creative Assembly writes in a faq. This third title in the series adds the polar bear-riding folk from Kislev, who are also central to the cinematic trailer. In addition, the China-based Grand Cathay faction is present. The four factions of Chaos Realm are also present, namely Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh and Tzeentch. Nine playable Legendary Lords will be present, although no details have been released yet.
Developer Creative Assembly says work is still underway on a combined playing field for players who own the three Warhammer games from the Total Wars series. This will be a huge map that will be available for free to these owners as dlc. The developer has not given any further details yet, saying that it is now focusing on Total War: Warhammer III. That probably means that this joint map won’t be released until after the release of the new Total War game.
To be able to use this combined playing field, it is necessary that the three games in the series have been purchased in the same digital store. This may change, however, as Creative Assembly expresses hope that players will be able to link their Epic Games Store and Steam accounts through Total War Access sometime in the future. The developer is working on this with the parties involved, but immediately says that it cannot guarantee this functionality. The developer also says it hopes to be able to release the previous two Warhammer games on the Epic Games Store before Total War: Warhammer III comes out.
The Total War series consists of strategy games with RTS and turn-based elements that are distinguished, among other things, by large armies that players can control. Usually the games focus on historical eras and events, but the Warhammer games are an exception with their fantasy setting. Sega announced in late 2012 that it had partnered with Games Workshop, the company that owns the rights to the Warhammer franchise. The original Total War: Warhammer came out in 2016 and part two followed a year later.