A teaser posted by Sega studio Creative Assembly over the week has led Warhammer fans to believe that they are preparing to unveil strategy sequel Total War: Warhammer 3.
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Posted over on the official Total War Reddit, the minute long teaser is titled “Azyr Stirs” depicts an mage astronomer spying a cryptic constellation from an observatory within the Imperial capital of Altdorf where the Colleges of Magic reside.
In the world of Warhammer Fantasy, there are several different flavours (or “Winds”) of magic, each with their own their own school and powerful grimoire of spells. Azyr, also referred to as the Lore of Heavens, is one such Wind that specifically relates to everything celestial and the skies above. Spells vary from trusty lightning bolts and clearing clouds to divination and speaking to birds.
The word Azyr is also featured heavily in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar (basically the supercharged sequel to Warhammer Fantasy). There has long been speculation that Warhammer: Total War 3 may leave Warhammer Fantasy and The Old World behind in favour of Games Workshop’s newer edition of the table top strategy game.
However, the ominous teaser could simply refer to an event leading into the next Warhammer Fantasy saga. Creative Assembly have done a fantastic job in recreating vast swathes of the Warhammer World though there are still some areas and factions we could see them focus on in Total War: Warhammer 3. Namely, the Ogre Kingdoms and Daemons of Chaos. After focusing on four factions in the original game (Empire, Dwarfs, Vampire Counts, and Orcs), Total War: Warhammer 2 took us to the opposite side of the Old World where we then got to play as High Elves, Dark Elves, Lizardmen, and Skaven. The sequel could shift focus once again though hopefully it will give fans to all factions (including the various DLC armies) under one game.
Of course, we’re not discounting the possibility that the trailer could be teeing up yet another Total War: Warhammer 2 expansion. Since it launched in 2017, it has been followed up by numerous chunks of DLC including bonus generals, units, and campaign mechanics. An expansion purely focused on the Lore of Heaven – perhaps introducing a pair of powerful mages – seems very plausible. We’ll hopefully know more in the coming weeks.