Total War: Three Kingdoms official artwork

Total War: Three Kingdoms was originally supposed to arrive for PC this March 6th, bringing with it a whole host of new features and improvements over the previous Total War games. However, according to the latest announcement, Total War: Three Kingdoms' release date has now been pushed back all the way to May 23rd.

"With Three Kingdoms, we set out to create a new level of complexity," reads the developer update. "As such, we need a little more time to make sure these systems deliver as intended and give you the Total War experience you’ve waited so patiently for."

"Of course, the extra time won’t hurt when it comes to fixing those bugs that have been hard to nail down, getting the localisation just right, and adding additional polish to help it shine. We all know those little details make a big difference. We’re lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case it means taking the time to get everything ready for you. It’s more important to give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, rather than stick to a release date just because."

As always, I am perfectly happy with developers taking a bit of extra time to ensure their game ends up being as polished and enjoyable as possible. Personally, I can only hope Creative Assembly will use this time to improve the AI in order to make sure it's difficult without resorting to too much cheating. Giving it extra income is perfectly fine, but having the AI ignore all of the interesting campaign mechanics (like it does in Total War: Warhammer 1 and 2) would be a real shame given how much work has gone into improving them for Three Kingdoms.

My ramblings aside, you can learn a little bit more about Total War: Three Kingdoms by heading over to Steam. And just for good measure, allow me to leave you with one of the earlier gameplay previews. Enjoy!