Total War's Next Entry Tackles The Legendary Three Kingdoms of 190CE China

The historic conflict between the kingdoms of Wei, Shu, and Wu has been the subject in many works, including a few video games adaptations of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms historical novel like the series by the same name and the more popular Dynasty Warriors series. Now, one of the greatest large-scale war games is tackling this epic conflict. Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next major entry and is slated for release this fall.

Big news for the Total War series was teased this week and, this morning, the official account shared the reveal. They quickly followed up with this trailer:

Nothing else is known about Total War: Three Kingdoms other than the Fall 2018 release date found on the Steam page and this breakdown of the game's conflict:

The year is 190CE. China is in turmoil.

The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor. He is but a figurehead; a mere puppet for the tyrant warlord Dong Zhuo. 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.

Three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of tyranny, rally support for the trials ahead. Scenting opportunity, warlords from China’s great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. Will they triumph against the tyrant, or will personal ambition shatter their already crumbling alliance and drive them to supremacy?

The crucible fizzes. Allegiances shift. The fires of conflict stoke opportunity. Only one thing is certain: the very future of China will be shaped by its champions.

Creative Assembly has enjoyed a lot of success with the Total War series, most recently partnering up with Games Workshop for a couple fantasy treks through the world of Warhammer.

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