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The box art for Total War: Warhammer III.

Total War: Warhammer III is the third title in the Total War: Warhammer series of videogames by UK developer Creative Assembly.

It was officially announced on 3 February 2021, via a cinematic trailer. It was originally announced for release in 2021, but was delayed until February 17 2022. Like previous titles in the series, is set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe, roughly around the reign of Karl Franz.

Gameplay

  • It will feature turn-based strategy gameplay on the campaign map, plus real-time strategy gameplay during battles
  • It will be a standalone title, with its own self-contained campaign.
  • However, players who own all 3 games will one day gain access to an massive combined campaign in Total War: Warhammer III, where all content from all 3 games will be playable.
  • Additionally, owners of previous games (and DLC) will find all the content they own playable in multiplayer in the third game, once that feature is added.
  • Campaign can be played in singleplayer, or co-operatively with up to 8 players.
  • A new multiplayer battle mode, Domination, has been added.
  • Magic is notably more destructive and powerful, but harder to use compared to the last two games.
Playable races

DLC

The Ogre Kingdoms will be a paid DLC available on release. However, it will be free for players who either 1) preorder the game, or 2) buy the game within the first week after release. After this point, players who don't already own the race will have to buy this race separately.

Campaigns and story

The game features several campaign maps, each with a different plot.

The Lost God

This story-driven campaign follows a Kislev expedition led by Prince Yuri Barkov. It serves as a tutorial for new players, and as a prologue story that leads into the main Realm of Chaos campaign. The campaign is singleplayer only.

The Realm of Chaos

The main campaign is called "The Realm of Chaos" and the plot revolves around Ursun, the Great Bear-God of Kislev, who has been mortally wounded and captured by nefarious Be'lakor. Each of the various races has a motivation to aid or harm the great bear. For instance, Grand Cathay wishes to aid Ursun in return for information on the whereabouts of Shen-Zoo, while Nurgle wishes to use the Great Bear's body to great a disease that will kill Gods, a "God Pox", and the Ogres simply want to eat Ursun. It can be played singleplayer, or with up to 8 players in co-op.

Darkness and Disharmony

This campaign is centered around Grand Cathay. It is a free-for-all where the factions of Cathay, Nurgle, Tzeentch, Khorne, Slaanesh and the Ogre Kingdoms all vie for control of Cathay's settlements. It is designed to be a free-for-all, played with up to 8 players.

Something Rotten in Kislev

This campaign is centered on trouble within Kislev, and only Kislev factions are playable. It is designed to be completed in a single session. Up to 3 players in co-op.

A Very Big Campaign

This is the working title (actual title will be revealed later) of a large campaign in Total War: Warhammer III. In this campaign, you can play as any playable faction/legendary lord from all 3 Total War: Warhammer games, including all free and paid DLC from the entire series, on one huge map.

  • The campaign will be accessible only by people who own Total War: Warhammer, Total War: Warhammer II and Total War: Warhammer III (ie: all three games) on the same store front (eg: Steam, Epic Games).
  • This campaign will not be available on release, but will become available sometime later.

Multiplayer

Players can play multiplayer battles with and against each other over the internet. Various battle types are available such as pitched battles, sieges, minor settlement battles, free-for-all and more.

Games can be private custom games between friends, or ranked matchmaking.

Domination is a new mode where players pick an initial army, and a reinforcement army. Beginning with their small initial army, they fight for control of 3 capture points. Holding these points accrues tokens, and also supplies which can then be spent on summoning in units from the reinforcement army. The first player to 5000 victory tokens wins.

In multiplayer, players who own content from the previous 2 games in the series, will be able to play that content in multiplayer when that feature is added.

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