About a week ago Creative Assembly started teasing what I assumed to be an expansion for Total War: Warhammer set in the "New World". With the full announcement now revealed it turns out I was only half-right. We will indeed be going to Lustria and waging war alongside the High Elves, Dark Elves, Lizardmen, and Skaven, but this isn't a simple expansion we're talking about, its a proper sequel - Total War: Warhammer 2!
Before we get into the gameplay specifics allows me to share with you the recently posted cinematic trailer featuring High Elves, Dark Elves, and Lizardmen. Strangely enough there is absolutely no mention of the Skaven, but there are numerous hints pointing towards their involvement, so if you're a fan of Clan Pestilens I have a feeling Total War: Warhammer 2 will not disappoint. Anyway, here's the video:
First of all, Creative Assembly has just confirmed that Total War: Warhammer is going to be a trilogy, with each game covering a different part of the world and its races. For Total War: Warhammer 2 this means the battle will be set across the continents of Lustria, Ulthuan, Naggaroth, and the Southlands. Only three of the four races were confirmed so far, but given where the action takes place I think its safe to assume we'll be getting a bunch more through DLC as well.
As for the gameplay itself, there will be new campaign mechanics for each of the factions, new methods of warfare, Lores of Magic, legendary characters, battlefield bombardment abilities, and apparently even a new set of mechanics dealing with the sea. How exactly any of this will work, that has not yet been revealed, but it seems like its going to be Total War: Warhammer but better, and that is something I can certainly appreciate. That's not where the good news ends, however, because owners of both Total War: Warhammer and its sequel will be able to play on a combined campaign man that merges the landmasses of the Old and New World!
You can expect to see Total War: Warhammer 2 later this year, though the exact release date hasn't been announced just yet. If you would like to learn a little bit more I would recommend heading over to Steam. And finally, here's a couple of images: