Update (February 11, 2019 - 3:15 PM CT): This post has been updated to reflect information from the developer regarding how Dong Zhou is unlocked.
If you're one of the strategy fans waiting to get your hands on Creative Assembly's next major entry, you'll have to wait just a bit longer than expected. Total War: Three Kingdoms, which is the studio's first time setting a title within China's history, was originally due to launch in March. Announced today, the release date has been pushed to May 23, 2019.
Total War: Three Kingdoms focuses on China's Three Kingdoms era starting in 190CE, which has been tackled most famously by the Dynasty Warrior action series from Koei Tecmo. Creative Assembly's take on the era is two-fold, delivering a fictional experience based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms and a more grounded take based on Records of the Three Kingdoms in its two modes: Records and Romance.
"We're lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case, it means taking the time to get everything ready for you," said Rob Bartholomew, Studio Brand Director at Creative Assembly, in the press release for the announcement. "It's important that we give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, and we're excited for you to see what we have in store."
Total War: Three Kingdoms features 12 warlords, including the recently revealed Dong Zhou who is only unlocked when a player defeats him in battle or reaches the rank of Emperor. The Guanxi System is based on the Chinese concept of inter-relationships and serves as the foundation for dynamic relationships between the cast of characters that will make up the many armies. The game's Romance mode also includes duels that feature the flashy combat that one would expect in Chinese cinema.
Those who pre-order Total War: Three Kingdoms will get the Yellow Turban Rebellion DLC for free. The package includes:
- Three new playable Warlords; He Yi, Gong Du, and Huang Shao
- Three new hero classes: Healer, Scholar, and Veteran
- New character skills focused on the three virtues of Taoism: Frugality, Compassion, and Humility
- New weapons and armor suitable for the new heroes
Total War: Three Kingdoms launches May 23, 2019, on PC. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional gaming and tech updates.