Friday, May 12, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 Gets First In-Engine Trailer, See It Here

Following the game's announcement in March, Sega today released the first in-engine trailer for Total War: Warhammer II.

The spotlights the Lizardmen, who are described as "ancient, cold-blooded warriors" who fight on the behalf of the Old Ones. The Lizardmen are one of the four playable races in the game, joining the previously announced High Elves and Dark Elves. The fourth will be announced later.

Sega also confirmed today that Warhammer II will be playable on the E3 show floor in June. For the first time ever, this year's E3 is open to the public.

While still promising to offer the classic Total War style of gameplay, Sega and Creative Assembly claim Warhammer II features a "new style of narrative campaign." Each of the four races is competing to either save or destroy the Great Vortex over Ulthuan, and you'll have to rush to do so before anyone else can. This "struggle culminat[es] in a cataclysmic endgame."

Warhammer II does not yet have a specific release date, but it's due out sometime before the end of 2017. A third game is also expected in the future, as this series has been announced as a trilogy.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 latest news: release date, gameplay, and trailers

Total War: Warhammer 2 is, as the name might suggest, the sequel to 2016's Total War: Warhammer, and will once again feature classic Total War gameplay set in the high fantasy world of Games Workshop's tabletop game Warhammer.

It's worth noting that Total War: Warhammer 2 is set in the original Warhammer fantasy setting, and not the arguably better known sci-fi world of Warhammer 40,000. If you'd like to play a strategy game set in that universe, your best bet is the excellent Dawn of War 3.
When is Total War: Warhammer 2's release date?

Right now, all we know is that we should expect the game some time in 2017, which is a bit broad.

The first game was released on 24 May 2016, and it's clear that the sequel won't make a similar date this year. Instead, especially given it was only announced in March, it seems more likely to expect the game later in the year - we'd imagine some time in October or November.

We'll update this article with more concrete information once we have it.
What platforms will it come out on?

At launch, the game will be a Windows PC exclusive, but it won't stay that way. While it almost certainly won't arrive on any of the consoles, developer Creative Assembly says in an FAQ that "plans for Mac & Linux versions will be announced later in the year."

What are the pre-order options?

Again, as of yet we don't know, but we can make some educated guesses. The first Total War: Warhammer game included three playable factions by default, with a fourth (Chaos Warriors) included as a bonus for players pre-ordered or bought the game in its first week, and later a paid DLC option.

With that in mind, and given that the devs have confirmed the sequel includes four factions once again, we expect the fourth, as-yet-unannounced faction (more on that below) to be a bonus for pre-orders and early adopters, and later release as paid DLC.

As for price, the first game launched at £39.99/$59.99, and we'd expect to see the same again.

Speaking of, if you missed out on the original and want to play it before the sequel arrives, you can still pick it up on Steam at full price, but UK readers are better off heading to Amazon, which has the Old World Edition of the game, including DLC faction Bretonnia and an exclusive short story, for just £31.99 at the time of writing.

What about the gameplay?

Anyone who's played the first game, or any Total War game really, should be familiar with what to expect from this: turn-based overworld strategy with giant battles, and a campaign building towards total world domination.

Still, there are a few changes here. None of the playable factions from the first Total War: Warhammer are returning, and instead there are four new ones. Those are the High Elves, Dark Elves, and Lizardmen, with a fourth yet to be announced - though the launch trailer (at the top of the page) gives us a pretty strong hint.

The four races will be battling for control of the Great Vortex, a "vast magical maelstrom" that lies at the centre of the game's new campaign. You'll have to wage war across four continents with the combined aims of dominating the map and controlling the Vortex, the latter giving you access to new powers and abilities.

Naval units are another new addition to the campaign, as the four continents are separated by seas, though naval battles will be auto-resolved, rather than playable.

You don't need to have played the first game to follow the narrative of the sequel, but owning both will unlock some pretty exciting features. For one, any races you own from the original, including through DLC, will be playable in multiplayer here.

More than that though, owning both games will unlock one giant combined campaign including both game's maps and main factions. That won't be available at launch, but will be added as a free update shortly after release - weeks, not months, apparently.
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This is the second game in a planned trilogy, so expect to see all three games combine even more in the final entry, whenever that arrives in the next couple of years.

You can find out more about what to expect from the campaign - and how the Great Vortex fits into it - in this video released by the developers:
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade now has a free-to-play tier

Released late last year, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade didn't quite meet the rather lofty expectations of Warhammer enthusiasts, but for anyone still curious there's now a free-to-play version for the persistent world MMO / third-person shooter. Well, "free-to-play" isn't quite the right term, and it's clearly one Bandai Namco is hopeful to avoid: there's a free version, which slows down progress and gives you access to one class.

To elaborate: the free version gives you access to one of the five classes in the game, though your progress will be slowed down to a third of what it is in the full game. If at any time you want to upgrade to the full version, just purchase 20,000 credits and you'll get all classes, the correct progress speed and 20,000 for the bank.

In any case, it's available on Steam right now so if you had any inclination to play the game there's now no excuse. Sam spoke to the team behind the game last year, and there's some interesting stuff in there about the potential future of the angry-space-marines sim.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Warhammer Version 1.4.3 Going Live Soon

The latest update for Warhammer Online is set to go live in about 13 hrs from now, at 8:00 am EST tomorrow. Version 1.4.3 is a pretty small update, with the biggest change being the new two-week long live event Sigmartide, which honors its first Emperor and man-turned-God, Sigmar.

A new group of RvR accessory sets will also be available to players. The new set is designed to fit in with the high-end armor sets, but they are only temporary items that last 9 days. The new update will also give WAR players the opportunity to change their characters name through the EA store by purchasing Name Change Token codes.

Of course the Scenarios are being reorder. No new scenarios are being introduces in version 1.4.3, but some old ones are returning, some are retiring and others are shifting tiers. For full details, check the official Warhammer Online site.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010



Due to some technical difficulties we were unable to fully test The Inevitable City during last night's Public City test, so we're bringing the whole gang back for one more night of no holds barred PTS City Testing! This SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY at 8:00 PM EDT we'll be hoisting the banner of WAR and invading the streets of The Inevitable City on the Warpstone Public Test Server. As has been the case with the last 2 tests, only character copies will be enabled, no templates, so be sure to copy your characters over early! For information on how to access the Warpstone PTS and how to copy your characters over, please read here.

But wait, there's more!

Everyone who comes to Sunday night's test will be entered in a random drawing to win 1 of 6 copies of the Collector's Edition versions of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning autographed by the development team!

So come one, come all, and we'll see you on Warpstone!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mass PTS Playtest - Thanquol's Incursion!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baltimore Games Day: Warhammer Online – Land of the Dead at Ten Ton Hammer

Discover the new Land of the Dead expansion for Warhammer Online.

Warhammer is a very diverse world for players. Building armies with different themes has always been the real draw of the game. Warhammer Online took one of those armies and turned it into a free expansion for the game that will have players running, fighting, and playing in the end game for a long time to come. The Tomb Kings expansion for Land of the Dead brings the Egyptian themes from Warhammer to life in the online world. Players will be battling mummies, skeletons, scarabs, sands, and huge statues of enemies, but the fun part is they will be battling each other as well.

Welcome to the Land of the Dead.

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