Total War: Three Kingdoms takes the historical series to ancient China, and it’s out this year

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The next Total War game will be set in China circa 190 CE, famously depicted in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Creative Assembly appear to have jumped the gun in announcing Total War: Three Kingdoms, first by a quickly-deleted Tweet “announcing a new Total War era” which linked to a countdown pointing toward tomorrow, then by an early YouTube livestream revealing the trailer.

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The first trailer for Total War: Three Kingdoms is light on gameplay details, but does set the tone with lavish CG. It does place a focus on “champions,” which suggests the game might expand on the legendary hero unit mechanics from Total War: Warhammer.

“It is 190CE and China is in turmoil,” reads the official announcement. “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.”

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the first full historical Total War game we’ve seen in a few years, marking a fresh step after both the fantastical Warhammer games and the smaller Saga titles.

According to the game’s Steam page, Total War: Three Kingdoms is set to launch for PC on September 6 2018. This has since been edited back to Fall 2018, but we promise it was there.