Total War: Three Kingdoms announced, takes the battle to ancient China

“It is 190CE and China is in turmoil.”

“It is 190CE and China is in turmoil.”

A lot of gamers have been asking for more historical games based around cultures and regions that have not been covered by the Total War franchise. And it's doing so in a region the series has never visited before: China.

Exciting stuff below, promising the handsome, epic-scale warfare we've come to appreciate from the Total War series; but now with Wu, Shu and Wei banners littering the countryside.

Nearly a year ago, Sega and Creative Assembly revealed that the next historical Total War game was in full development, but no one knew exactly when the companies would go on to unveil the fruits of their labor.

Looks cool! Or the setting does, at least, since we don't actually see any of the game in that clip.

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The next Total War game will be set in China circa 190 CE, famously depicted in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to light another candle in my vigil for Empire 2, which at this rate is another 18 years away.

"It is 190CE and China is in turmoil", reads the official announcement.

Some Chinese fans are just happy that Creative Assembly is paying mind to Chinese culture, especially given that it's the largest and most lucrative video game market in the world right now. "The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor, who is a mere puppet for the tyrant Dong Zhuo". Warlords of great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo's remorseless rule. Rebelling against a tyrannical regime, these heroes will either triumph in the face of oppression, or fall prey to their own personal ambitions, shattering the tentative alliances they have formed. The listing on Steam has tagged it with a release date of September 6.

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