Sega have announced the long-awaited Total War: Warhammer III, the third and final part in an epic trilogy of grand strategy games set in the fantasy Warhammer universe. The game will be coming out in late 2021.
Total War: Warhammer III will explore the mysterious Lands of the East and the daemonic Realms of Chaos for the first time in the series. It will dramatically expand on the factions of Chaos found in the game, featuring Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh and Tzeentch as they wage war against Kislev and Cathay.
The new grand campaign will see you tasked with saving or exploiting a dying god, with each race having a different journey through the Chaos Realm that builds up to an endgame to decide the fate of the world.
The first Total War: Warhammer was centred around the Old World (a fantasy representation of Europe), while Total War: Warhammer II looked to the lands to the West where the High Elves had retreated to, leaving the eastern reaches of the Warhammer world unexplored by the games. This was the plan all along, of course, with Creative Assembly embarking on a trilogy to explore these different realms. The surprise, perhaps, is that it’s taken this length of time. The first game arrived in May of 2016, and followed in September 2017 by the sequel. It’s now going to be approaching a 4 year wait for the third instalment.
“Our vision, from the start, was to create a series that felt like an incredible journey through this world we all loved.,” said Game Director, Ian Roxburgh. “The enormous support of our players in ensuring the success of the first two instalments has pushed our ambition to new heights, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience it.”
One element not discussed in the announcement was how the three games would be united into one gigantic, all-encompassing campaign. Total War Warhammer II featured the Mortal Empires mega-campaign for those that owned both games, and it’s expected that this third game will offer the same. We hope to have more details soon.
And will this be the end of Total War: Warhammer? Not likely. It might be the final game in the trilogy, but the second game in particular has been well supported with DLC expansions to add new heroes, factions and campaigns into the game. Expect more of the same to come out in 2022 and beyond.
Total War: Warhammer III will be out for PC, Mac and Linux in late 2021, coming to both Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Source: press release