Prepare for Battle in Total War: Warhammer's First In-Engine Cinematic Trailer

By Ryan Meitzler

July 17, 2015

While the Total War series has brought players to locations far and wide across the world, the latest installment of the series is taking things to a more fantastical realm in the form of Total War: Warhammer, and now you can take a first look at the in-game moments with a new cinematic trailer

Publisher SEGA released the first in-engine cinematic trailer today for Total War: Warhammer, which provides players with a closer look at the game’s development and some video of the look and feel that the development team at The Creative Assembly are looking for in bringing Total War and Warhammer together.

The demo in particular showcases a battle between Emperor Karl Franz of the Empire leading a charge against a massive Greenskin army in the Battle of Black Fire Pass – the trailer gives off a quick impression of the battle while a more extensive full developer walkthrough of the sequence will be released on July 30th, 2015.

Developer The Creative Assembly also published a blog post to coincide with the trailer’s release to provide a more thorough clarification of the footage’s “in-engine” status, to give players the look and feel that the team is aiming for with Total War: Warhammer, while also not looking to confuse viewers about what they’re being shown.

Specifically, The Creative Assembly explained that the trailer is purely composed of in-engine, cinematic footage, explaining in its blog post:

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“The video uses Development in Progress in-game assets and code as a basis for a video shot with cinematic camera techniques to create movie-like footage. This is representative of the themes and general look and feel of the game, but it is not the direct in-game experience you will get when you are physically playing the final game.”

Total War: Warhammer is currently in development for PC, Mac, and Linux – in the meantime, you can check out the full trailer below:

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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