Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms release date deployed

Total War: Three Kingdoms will launch for PC on 7th March 2019.

This ancient China-set chapter in Sega's long-running strategy series is now available for pre-order. Buying a copy before 14th March next year will unlock an extra content pack centred around the Yellow Turban Rebellion - a peasant revolt against the Han Dynasty.

There will also, of course, be a special edition of the game - this will come with a 24cm Guan Yu statue, art book, calligraphy paper disc case, and poster/map.

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"Art-driven" design, "mythical" characters, Wushu (yes, Wushu!). Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next historical entry to the grand strategy series but, boy, it really sounds like another fantasy game on paper. Watching developer Creative Assembly's E3 presentation I can almost feel the hand-wringing before it's begun - but, clearly, so can the developers, because in a stroke of simple genius they've already thought of that, already devised a solution, and already have an answer for me, before I even ask the question.

Total War: Three Kingdoms announced, taking series to ancient China

The next historical Total War game will be set in 190CE China and focus on the Three Kingdoms period. If you've played Dynasty Warriors, you'll know it rather well.

Total War fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the next historical title for some time now, with Warhammer having dominated much of Creative Assembly's attention in recent years.

So what do we know about the Three Kingdoms period, other than it being one of the bloodiest in all of Chinese history? Well, thanks to an incredibly influential novel penned in the 14th century titled 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms', we tend to think of that era as a time of legendary heroes: namely Cao Cao, Liu Bei and Sun Ce, the heads of the three dynasties.

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