Total War: Warhammer News

Creative Assembly issues refreshingly frank update on Total War Warhammer development troubles

Creative Assembly has issued a refreshingly frank update on the progress - or lack of - of Total War Warhammer's development.

The blog post revolves around Mortal Empires, the ambitious mode that combines the maps of Total War Warhammer and Total War Warhammer 2 into one mega campaign (for more on how it works, check out the video below from our own Chris Bratt).

While this mode was long-awaited by Total War fans, its release has not been smooth sailing, with a raft of bugs and delays dampening enthusiasm.

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Best-selling Steam games of 2016 revealed

Mix of old and new, big and small.

Happy New Year! Valve has revealed the top 100 best selling games on Steam in 2016. And given the size and dominance of Steam in the desktop gaming marketplace, the results are worth noting.

Total War: Warhammer is about to receive a massive update

Total War: Warhammer is about to receive a massive update

Introduces hundreds of changes, plus a brand new unit.

Total: War Warhammer's first major patch arrives tomorrow at 2PM BST.

Update 1 brings with it a huge list of balance changes, AI tweaks and stability improvements, while also introducing a new Vampire Counts unit called the Blood Knights.

Filling the role of late-game shock cavalry, these are supposed to be some of the best mounted units in the Warhammer universe. Also, they look quite nice, don't they?

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18 minutes of new Total War: Warhammer gameplay

18 minutes of new Total War: Warhammer gameplay

Starring everyone's favourite controversial pre-order bonus, the Chaos Warriors!

Creative Assembly's released 18 minutes of new gameplay footage for Total War: Warhammer, which still isn't called Total Warhammer.

The video stars the Chaos Warriors, who, Total War fans will know, are a pre-order bonus or post-launch premium DLC. That is, if you want to play as them, you have to pre-order the game or spend more money. Quite a lot of people aren't thrilled by that.

However, if you're content to simply play against, rather than as the Chaos Warriors, you don't have to pre-order or buy any DLC. As Creative Assembly stresses:

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Glimpses of Total War: Warhammer's stylish campaign map in new trailer

Total War games are made up of two major parts: one part is battles, armies clashing against each other; the other, a strategical campaign map of the world that you push your pieces around - pieces representing armies or special characters. We've seen what a battle will look like in Total War: Warhammer but, until now, we haven't seen the campaign map.

The new trailer focuses in Grimgor Ironhide, who's a really angry and really ugly Black Orc leader. What you're looking for in the trailer besides the quite nice in-game cinematic stuff is at 1 minute 29 seconds when we fly over the game's campaign map. And how mountainous and misty and sumptuous it looks to be - long gone are the static looks-like-an-actual-map days of old. It's more like Google Earth, if Earth were the World of Warhammer. There are more shots of the campaign map at 1.42 and 2.02.

We can go halves on a new PC to play the game on if you like? Actually, on that note, check out Digital Foundry's Black Friday tech deals in case there's an obvious upgrade going cheap.

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Watch 15 minutes of Total War: Warhammer gameplay

Watch 15 minutes of Total War: Warhammer gameplay

"They're right up in my Thunderers!"

If you have read or watched yesterday's preview of Total War: Warhammer, you may have heard me moaning about the lack of video footage we were sent following our first hands-on with the game. Taking this criticism on board (or, more likely, as a result of a rigid marketing plan), developer Creative Assembly has today released a full playthrough of the demo, which you can watch below.

Featuring a player-controlled Dwarf force withstanding a huge Greenskin ambush, the video is one hell of a watch. I've been playing Total War for more than a decade now, and the sheer scale of these encounters has yet to feel old. Even so, and with this game in particular, there's just so many new things to play around with: goblins riding spiders, underground battles, flying units, and big, over-the-top hero units that can really get stuck into combat. This is going to be a very different kind of Total War game, but having played through this exact same demo I'm excited by the promise of what all this means.

Aside from showing off some impressive attention to detail (watch how the giant's belly wobbles!), this video also demonstrates the difficulty that comes with talking about a game, whilst also trying to play it at a competent level. Creative Assembly's Al Bickham does his best and it's a tough fight, but don't get me started on where he left his gyrocopters at the end there - unforgivable.

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First in-engine Total War: Warhammer trailer released

The first in-engine trailer for Total War: Warhammer has been released.

It shows the Battle of Black Fire Pass, and centers on Karl Franz, who leads the playable Empire faction, as he does battle with the Greenskins.

The video gives us a look at some of the more fantastical units in the game including giants, wizards, trolls, demi-griffons, wyverns and griffons. They'll all have a varied assortment of animations to make everything look very dramatic while you war.

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