'Total War: Three Kingdoms' Announced - Screens & Trailer

Total War Three Kingdoms out this year with ancient Chinese setting

Total War Three Kingdoms – a whole new world of war

Now, with the cat out of the bag and Three Empires on track for launch later in 2018, it looks as if Total War devotees and turn-based strategy diehards will have plenty to keep them busy this year.

The next Total War game will be set in China circa 190 CE, famously depicted in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. They've already announced Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, and now they've unveiled Total War: Three Kingdoms, a new era-spanning epic focused on the legendarily bloody second-and-third-century period when various factions vied for control of China.

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.

"The year is 190CE". The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor. It is a brutal and oppressive regime, and as Dong Zhuo's power grows, the empire slips further into the cauldron of anarchy. But hope yet blossoms. He is but a figurehead; a mere puppet for the tyrant warlord Dong Zhuo. The fires of conflict stoke opportunity.

Now, the developer has unveiled Total War: Three Kingdoms, which visits ancient China for the first time and is due later this year.

Speaking of legendary soldiers, it seems likely that Three Kingdoms will retain the Legendary Lords mechanic utilized in the Total War: Warhammer series. Sega could be hitting a HUGE pay day with the release of this game in China, because if it's done right not only will they have the standard RTS base supporting them but a whole new generation of Chinese gamers as well, and we've seen just how well that's worked out for PUBG Corporation with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

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