The first in what SEGA/Creative Assembly assures is a trilogy of standalone releases “accompanied by additional content” can be seen here with the cinematic trailer announcing the arrival of Total War: WARHAMMER. The deal, brokered back in 2012, between Creative Assembly and Games Workshop means that we’re going to see a lot more of the Warhammer fantasy universe in the future.
So this trailer was jam packed with things to speculate on but, thankfully, SEGA offered confirmation on playable factions to Videogamer. Orcs and Goblins, Dwarves, and the Vampire Counts are the game’s core trio. It does, however, seem a bit strange that the Empire, humanity’s largest faction and its leader are featured prominently in the trailer. Karl Franz and his armored gryphon are modeled perfectly compared to the original version crafted by Games Workshop and it seems a shame that in a game featuring “statecraft & empire building” that KF and his army wouldn’t be playable.
Chaos definitely has a presence in the game even though it’s as a threat in the background. The press release even hints that “a greater threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle…” Long-time fans usually expect a Chaos God like Khorne, as per usual, but instead the trailer clearly shows Tzeentch. The God of Change, Fate, and umpteen other things, which is an interesting choice that instills hope in this particular fan.
SEGA even offered a bit of lead-in for the game, found below from the press release:
One thing is for certain the Total War formula is finally, after years of talk, being applied to Warhammer. The first of three standalone titles will release PC, Mac, and SteamOS.