Total War: Warhammer 2 screenshot showing off the Ogre Mercenaries

[Update #2]: Total War: Warhammer 2's final and ridiculously huge The Hammers & Herdstones update has now landed, and it's quite an impressive one!

[Update]: Creative Assembly has finally detailed the massive Beastmen rework!

After being fairly silent over the past month or so, Creative Assembly has now gone into overdrive with the new announcements. Just yesterday they have revealed the full scope of The Silence & The Fury DLC including all four of the fan-favorite giant monsters (Ghorgon, Jabbersylthe, Coatl and Troglodon), and now they have announced that the accompanying free update will be just as impressive!

Besides all of the faction updates, the July 14 free update will bring with it the Great Brey Shaman as a generic lord for the Beastmen, as well as the highly temperamental Thorek Ironbrow as a brand new Legendary Lord for the Dwarfs. Perhaps most excitingly of all, Creative Assembly is also adding Ogre mercenaries with five unit variants!

The classic Ogres will come equipped with a giant mace or dual weapons, while the significantly beefier Ogre Maneaters will come with either pistols or great weapons. And just to make things even sweeter, the final unit will be the Mournfang Cavalry - one of the heaviest, hardest-hitting cavalry unit in all of Warhammer. These are quite literally man-eating beasts riding man-eating beasts!

Total War: Warhammer 2 artwork for the new Ogre Maneaters unit

The Ogres are quite a colorful bunch!

In order to gain access to the new Ogre mercenaries you will first need to find their camp, usually near the remnants of a great battle or the ruins of a once glorious city. Once allied with these Ogres will be recruitable through the local mercenary unit pool, though they will be both expensive to recruit and to upkeep.

Most importantly, they will hold absolutely no loyalty to you or your faction, so if you stop paying them for even a second they will depart for greener pastures. Because of this they'll be quite tricky to keep around, but given their power and tactical options they offer to certain factions, still worth the trouble.

Should anything else get announced I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read a little bit more about the Ogres over at the Total War website, and Steam if you're more interested in Thorek Ironbrow. Enjoy!