Today Sega and Creative Assembly announced the next full-fledged historical Total War game, which is titled Total War: Three Kingdoms.
As you may have imagined, this means that the game is going to be set in ancient China, in the era popularized by series like Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Below you can read an official description outlining the setting:
“The year is 190CE. China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor. He is but a figurehead; a mere puppet for the tyrant warlord Dong Zhuo. It is a brutal and oppressive regime, and as Dong Zhuo’s power grows, the empire slips further into the cauldron of anarchy. But hope yet blossoms.
Three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of tyranny, rally support for the trials ahead. Scenting opportunity, warlords from China’s great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. Will they triumph against the tyrant, or will personal ambition shatter their already crumbling alliance and drive them to supremacy? The crucible fizzes. Allegiances shift. The fires of conflict stoke opportunity.
Only one thing is certain: the very future of China will be shaped by its champions. Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next major historical strategy game in the award-winning Total War series.”
The game will be released in Fall 2018, exclusively for PC. The press release mentioned the launch of the game’s Steam page, but it isn’t available at the moment of this writing. It’s likely to appear sometime soon at this URL.
If you’re wondering, it’s developed by an entirely different team from the ones working on Total War: Warhammer II (and presumably its unannounced sequel), and Total War: Thrones of Britannia, which will also launch this year using the older engine of Total War: Attila.
Below you can enjoy the initial cinematic trailer, and a few screencaps from the same video, to wet your appetite.