Sega announced the pre-order bonus for Total War: Warhammer today. Some pre-order bonuses are fairly minor but in this game's case, you'll get an entire playable race.

Anyone who reserves a copy of Total War: Warhammer will get access to the Chaos Warriors Race Pack, which lets you command the forces of Chaos at launch:
The Chaos Warriors Race Pack includes three new playable Legendary Lords, enabling you to select the corrupted and powerful Chaos Warriors as your race in the Grand Campaign.

Featuring unique new mounts, bloodthirsty units and monstrous creatures, this Race Pack also brings with it a brand new, narrative-driven quest chain for each Legendary Lord, and an armoury of twisted and cursed magic items.



On the one hand, this seems like a sizable reward for players willing to pre-order. However, it does seem like they're deliberately withholding content from everyone else to boost their pre-order numbers. Everyone who would rather hold off on buying the game until reviews come in will presumably have to pay extra money for access to this race.

I suppose if you're a Total War and/or Warhammer superfan, though, you won't care. In that case, you might want to consider the High King Edition. This rare bundle's box is based on the Great Book of Grudges, a tome that details every time the dwarves were wronged. The High King Edition comes with the Chaos DLC along with the following collectibles:
  • Grudge Ring: This quality metal ring, with a rotating inner band is perfect to spin whilst brooding over grudges and plotting revenge. Six numbered bevels on the inner hoop allow the ring to double as a fully functioning die.
  • Slayer’s Whetstone Pendant: Made of genuine, functional whetstone and inscribed with the talismanic Master Rune of Spite, this hefty trinket would be treasured and jealously guarded by any self-respecting Slayer, who aims to keep a keen edge on their blades.
  • Dwarfen Drinking Horn & Stand: Toast your victories with this beautifully decorated drinking horn; wrought with icons and sigils in the Dwarfen craftsman style. Suitable for both display and practical use, it can hold a full pint and comes complete with its own unique metal display stand. Please note, liquid cannot be ‘sipped’ from this drinking horn, it may only be ‘quaffed’.
  • Canvas Map: Plan your campaigns of conquest as any High King should with this gorgeously illustrated canvas map of the game world.
  • Integrated Artbook: Integrated into the High King Edition’s impressive packaging is a large art book featuring exclusive concepts.
  • Metal Case: Protect your game disks from the perilous dangers of the Old World with this exclusive metal case.
  • Insider Guide: A printed strategy guide for Total War: Warhammer; this book will help get you started with the game and offers invaluable tactical advice to help you dominate the battlefields of the Old World.
Sega also mentioned a Limited Edition in today's announcement that includes just the metal case and Insider Guide. They don't mention the price but presumably it's the same price as the regular edition of the game. It seems like another way to convince us to pre-order.

In Total War: Warhammer, players lead very different factions vying for control of a medieval fantasy world. The factions available at launch (aside from Chaos) are the Empire, Greenskins, Dwarves and Vampires. Much like other Total War games developed by Creative Assembly, Warhammer is split between two phases. In the turn-based strategy half of the game, players build up their empire, engage in diplomacy and deploy their forces. When two armies clash, players lead their units in real-time battles.

Total War: Warhammer will launch on April 28, 2016 on PC, Mac and Linux.

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