Creative Assembly reveals Total War: Warhammer 3’s new release date and pre-order bonus

Very early: Total War: Warhammer’s hybrid strategy / real-time strategy series has been a huge success since its inception in 2016. Its popularity has allowed developer Creative Assembly to continue supporting the franchise with new DLC, “free-LC”, patches and bug fixes year after year. And now, the time for a new entry on the main line is finally near. Total War: Warhammer 3 just got its second, and hopefully final release date: February 17, 2022.

If all goes to plan and Creative Assembly doesn’t delay the game a second time, we’ll be playing in a few months. Previously, we had only been told that it would arrive sometime in early 2022, which could easily have meant March or even April.

I won’t bore you with a full overview of what the Total War series, and more specifically the Warhammer subseries, has to offer. The shortest elevator pitch I can give is this: these games let you take on the role of legendary leaders from the iconic Warhammer Fantasy universe and lead their armies to victory on a fantasy campaign map, as well as intense strategy battles. in real time.

Your lords often lead different races (some lead the same race, but usually with new mechanics and modified unit lists), and they all have unique voice lines, personalities, and abilities. There are the ferocious Lizardmen, the sadistic Dark Elves, the staunch Dwarves and much more.

Warhammer 3 will launch with six new races; the most extensive list of launch factions seen to date in a Total War: Warhammer game. You will be able to lead the four different factions of Chaos Gods: Slaanesh, Tzeentch, Nurgle and Khorne, as well as Kislev and Cathay. I’ll let you do your own research on each of those breeds, as there are too many nuances for me to cover here.

What may Discussing Now is the groundbreaking bonus for Warhammer 3. By pre-ordering the game or purchasing it in the first week after launch, you will get the “Ogre Kingdoms” DLC for free. As you may have guessed, the DLC adds the Ogre race to Warhammer 3 at no additional cost, although you will have to pay for it if you don’t jump at launch.

You can see the Ogres reveal trailer above, but be warned – it’s pretty gross.

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Ogres are a race of massive and brave humanoids whose only priority in life is acquiring as much food and wealth as possible … and they are never too picky about where those resources come from. They will eat their enemies as soon as they are killed, and they will rent their weapons to whoever pays the most. They don’t care if their employer is bad or well aligned.

If that’s not exciting enough, Warhammer 1 and 2 owners will be able to play the Ogres, and all the races in the series, in a massive “Immortal Empires” campaign combining maps from all three games. in one. It may be shortened a bit to speed up army travel, but still. Creative Assembly did something similar with Warhammer 2 and 1, and it was easily the most popular (and fun, if you ask me) mode of the first.

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We’ll hear more news about Shrek’s less likeable cousins ​​in the coming weeks. Until then, pre-orders for Warhammer 3 are available in your digital store of choice, and the game will even hit Game Pass for PC from day one. It is unclear if the Ogre Kingdoms breed is included there, but we will contact CA to ask.

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