Total War: Three Kingdoms gets a free horde mode next week

Something unexpected is coming to Total War: Three Kingdoms next week: a wave-based horde mode. Dynasty mode will be a free addition to the game next week on 8th August, alongside the launch of the first paid DLC expansion, Eight Princes.


Dynasty mode pits you against wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies, seeing how long you can survive, but instead of giving you a huge army with which to fight, you have just three hero characters under your command.

Thankfully those characters are legendarily powerful with plenty of unique abilities, from buffs to area of effect attacks. As you defeat enemy units, you earn extra points that you can spend on new skills between waves. The successive waves will grow in size, going from the standard 80 menu up to a huge 960 men per unit, and you may even have to face off against enemy generals as well.

Dynasty mode is a part of the free update that accompanies the Eight Princes DLC launch. Set in 291 CE, a generation after the events of the Three Kingdoms period began, the various ruling princes that had been in an uneasy peace break out in war once more. The Eight Princes Chapter Pack adds a new standalone campaign that can be played in either Records or Romance mode. It adds eight new legendary princes to the game, each with traits, playstyles and unique units. These can include the heavy cataphract cavalry, mounted archers, and imperial guardsmen.

In our Total War: Three Kingdoms review, Jim wrote, “Creative Assembly has made some clever refinements around the edges of that enduringly addictive strategic core, allowing fans to steep themselves in yet another historic saga. However, there’s a chance that some won’t gel with this new setting or the way Guanzhong’s epic has been adapted. It’s another fun and rewarding take on the series, though we’d struggle to call it a must-buy.”

Source: press release

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