SEGA and Creative Assembly announce Total War: WARHAMMER II, new installment
in their Total War series of strategy games that they say is the second
installment in a Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy. They say this will come out this
year, and the first look at what to expect comes in
this CGI trailer.
They promise more details to come, including the reveal of a fourth race. For
now, here's what they have to say:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced the
next game in the best-selling Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy. Total War: WARHAMMER
II will be the second release in an ongoing partnership between
globally-acclaimed developer Creative Assembly™ and Games Workshop®, creators of
the world-renowned Warhammer® Fantasy Battles tabletop wargame and miniatures.
Total War: WARHAMMER II unveils the mystery-shrouded continents far to the west
of The Old World. Featuring four iconic new races from the Warhammer Fantasy
Battles world – the High Elves, Dark Elves, Lizardmen, and a fourth yet to be
revealed – players will battle across enchanted isles, bleak hinterlands,
treacherous swamps, and perilous jungles.
In a Total War campaign like no other, players will struggle for dominion over
the ailing Great Vortex that has swirled for millennia above the elven homeland
of Ulthuan. Performing a series of arcane rituals, each race must save or
disrupt the Vortex according to their motivations – a struggle culminating in a
cataclysmic endgame. Territorial conquest is no longer enough… this is a race
for control that will define the fate of the world!
Total War: WARHAMMER II will offer hundreds of hours of immersive gameplay in
this epic new campaign. Furthermore, a huge combined campaign map featuring the
old and new world regions will be available for free shortly after release to
players who own both Total War: WARHAMMER I & II.
“Total War: WARHAMMER II represents the next step in our trilogy, our vision for
the most incredible fantasy strategy series ever made,” said Game Director, Ian
Roxburgh. “The success of the first game has increased our ambition; we’re not
only going to deliver a thrilling campaign in the sequel, but also an additional
combined campaign, the biggest so far, for owners of both.”
“We're thrilled to see the sequel to last year’s smash hit Total War: Warhammer
coming later this year.” Said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing at Games Workshop.
“Sega and The Creative Assembly continue to astound us with their ability in
crafting the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world in further glorious pageantry, with
races never realised on this scale before in a video game. We are proud to be in
partnership with them on this next great step in the franchise.”
What’s in Total War: WARHAMMER II?
A new style of narrative campaign in which players
race against the other factions to save or destroy the Great Vortex while
thwarting competing Races
Players will build and expand empires, raise
armies, develop cities and fight vivid grand-scale battles in the classic
Total War style
This campaign is set across four mysterious new
Four new playable races, each with unique campaign
mechanics and army rosters of Legendary Lords, Heroes, spellcasters, troops,
monsters and siege weapons:
And a fourth, yet to be revealed…
A suite of thrilling new campaign and battle
features inspired by the Warhammer lore
Additionally, a vast combined campaign map
covering the geographic areas of the first and second parts of the trilogy.
Players will be able to embark on campaigns as any owned, playable race from
both games. This will be available for free shortly after launch for owners
of both games.
OldDirtyEwok wrote on Mar 31, 2017, 15:09: This is very disappointing, I thought they would go back the historical route.
I believe there is another team working on historical TW, so lets not go on hating just yet.
Too soon? Maybe, maybe not but with adding soo many "new" races, their world map would need a bit of a overhaul, and naturally it makes sense to make a new game. Besides it's probably just about the same time frame as their other releases, so there should be a no surprise there.
Personally I enjoyed the shit out of TW:Warhammer, even more now that I bought the Blood for the Blood God DLC (25% off, better then nothing I guess) got over 200 Hrs in it and feels like I could put in another 100 Hrs easy. Interestingly I enjoyed it as much as I did TW:Shogun 2. TW:Rome 2 got about 25 Hrs and then uninstall button restored my happiness
mellis wrote on Mar 31, 2017, 12:37: In the old days this would be called an Expansion Pack
Well it still is an expansion, but naming wise it makes sense if you want to clarify that it is stand-alone in itself, but can work together with the first game for that big campaign experience, though I am not sure I would want 5 continents in a large campaign. Turn times are only gonna get worse.
It seems a bit early for a whole sequel. Hopefully they improve a everything across the board and this isn't solely cash grab. I'm pretty sick of the first one and wouldn't be interested in a sequel where it's just some new races and a new campaign.
Fourth race is probably going to be Skaven, given the rat in the last frame.
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