Total War: Warhammer screenshot of War Mammoths from Norsca

It seems that Creative Assembly has really learned their lesson from the whole Chaos Warriors pre-order scandal. Instead of a pre-order bonus the newly revealed Norsca faction will be given for free to everyone who buys Total War: Warhammer 2 before or within the first week of launch, which is more than enough time for reviews to come in. Most importantly, Norsca will be coming to the original Total War: Warhammer on August 10th whether you own the DLC or not, so even if you're not planning on buying Total War: Warhammer 2 any time soon you'll still be able to beat up the savage northerners in singleplayer or multiplayer.

If you're not familiar with the Warhammer lore and you're currently wondering what Norsca is even all about, you'll find a rather good example in the recently posted teaser trailer. Give it a look if you're into demonic vikings:

Like all proper factions Norsca will arrive with two distinct tribes, two Legendary Lords (Wulfrik the Wanderer and Throgg), a large array of new units including werewolfs and ice-spewing trolls, new mechanics in the form of Berserk and Frostbite, and even a way to align yourself with a specific god of Chaos! Long story short, Norsca is not some sort of low-effort pre-order bonus - its a genuinely awesome faction!

You can find out more by heading over to Steam, but just make sure to grab a cup of coffee before you dive in as you'll be stuck there for a while. And finally, here's a couple of images:

Total War: Warhammer screenshot of Throgg in battle

Wulfrik the Wanderer from Total War: Warhammer's Norsca faction

Total War: Warhammer screenshot of a Norsca Frost Dragon