Total War: The Three Kingdoms Takes the Series to China

By Rich Stanton on at

SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced the next entry in the Total War series, and for the first time we're all off for historically-respectable battles in China! In the 2nd century BC no less. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor! It says here.

Here's the announcement trailer, which is very cinematic. If you've never played a Total War game before then, just to say, the below has absolutely nothing to do with the actual game.

The game is due for release on PC in autumn 2018 – no word about other platforms but, with Total War, that's no great surprise. The press release adds a little more detail about the plot, but all I want to know is how many little soldiers can you have on-screen at once?

It is 190CE and China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor, who is a mere puppet for the tyrant Dong Zhuo. The brutal and oppressive regime’s power grows as the empire slips further into anarchy. Yet hope blossoms in the form of three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of calamity. Warlords of great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. The future of China will be shaped by their hands, but personal ambition threatens their already crumbling alliance.

Inspired by the beauty and artistic style of the age, Total War™: Three Kingdoms breathes life into the heroes of this fascinating period as they struggle to unite China under a single banner.

Here's a few more screens of pretty cherry blossoms and stern-faced men playing with toy soldiers.