Total War: Three Kingdoms screenshot of a battle from the Mandate of Heaven DLC

[Update]: Mandate of Heaven has now arrived in full, and so far it seems to be a pretty solid piece of DLC.

These are pretty exciting times for the Total War series. Total War: Warhammer 2 has recently received the The Shadow & The Blade DLC alongside truly impressive end-turn timer reductions for the Mortal Empires campaign, while Total War: Three Kingdoms is now slated to get a massive and feature-rich new DLC - Mandate of Heaven.

The Mandate of Heaven campaign begins in 182 CE just before the Yellow Turban rebellion and features over 40 new combat units to mess around with, six new playable warlords with unique mechanics, as well as origin stories for many of the characters that play pivotal roles in the main campaign. Speaking of which, you'll be able to seamlessly transition from your Mandate of Heaven campaign to the main one, with many of the most important events adjusting themselves based on what you've accomplished.

All of that is just the tip of the iceberg, however, so if you're interested in learning more I would highly recommend heading over to Steam. Creative Assembly has done an extremely detailed breakdown of everything coming in with Mandate of Heaven, and I must admit, it does looks pretty exciting!

If you're just interested in what all of this looks like in gameplay terms, then you'll find the answers you seek through the recently posted developer let's play. Have a gander, it's a pretty lengthy one:

Mandate of Heaven will be coming this January 16th and will set you back €10 in total, or €9 with the 10% pre-release discount. You can read the official FAQ for a few more tidbits of information, and with that said, I'll leave you with the rather lovely announcement trailer. Enjoy!