Today Sega and the Creative Assembly announced Total War: Warhammer, a new strategy game for PC, Mac and SteamOS inspired by the tabletop game. A new cinematic trailer sets up the plot of this medieval fantasy war.

In the trailer, we're introduced to the many races battling for control of the Old World including humans, dwarves and the undead:



The accompanying fact sheet explains a bit more about each of them and the common threat they'll soon face:
The valiant Karl Franz marshals the men of the Empire, seeking to unite the fractured elector counts under a banner of strength against their common enemies.

Hungry for the vicious brutality of combat, the Greenskins flock to the tribe of Grimgor Ironhide; Orcs and Goblins alike filled with an insatiable thirst for carnage.

High King Thorgrim orders the stoic Dwarfs forth from their mountain strongholds, marching to vengefully right the grave injustices dealt to them over the millennia.

Yet the motives of the Vampire Counts under Mannfred von Carstien are shrouded in murderous secrecy, his armies raised from the rotting ranks of the dead.

And while the Old World becomes torn by betrayal, war and the unleashing of unfathomable power, a greater threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle…
Players will be able to control any of these races, each with their own distinct units and advantages. Like other Total War games, Warhammer has two distinct components. In the turn-based phase of the game, players build their empire and move troops throughout their territory. They can also form alliances with other players, spy on them, or go to war. When their armies clash with an opponent's, the players commands them on the battlefield in real-time.

This will be the first Warhammer fantasy game developed by Sega since signing an agreement with Games Workshop, the owner of the franchise. The exclusive agreement between the companies is at least partly to blame for Warhammer Online shutting down. Sega says the newly announced game will be the first in a trilogy of Total War: Warhammer standalone releases accompanied by "additional content packs."

I've always loved the basic Total War formula and I'm curious to see how Creative Assembly will marry it with Warhammer. The introduction of wizards, dragons and other fantasy staples is bound to make the combat very different. I hope the developers can thread the needle and find a way to make a true Total War game that also feels like a genuine Warhammer experience as well.

It's unclear whether Sega plans to publish any other Warhammer fantasy games outside of this strategy series. I'm sure that some gamers are hoping for another third-person action game similar to Warhammer 40K: Space Marine but that might not happen now that the company is moving away from console development.

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