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Here’s the first in-engine trailer for Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer

Having endlessly teased us with their weird cat-birds and other such units, Sega is finally ready to show us what Total War: Warhammer actually looks like running in-engine.

Well, sort of. Rather than showing typical gameplay, the footage is the first in a series of cinematic trailers rendered using Total War: Warhammer’s engine, which will introduce the game’s Legendary Lords. Take a look!

The first in the series focuses on Emperor Karl Franz in his attempts to defeat an army of Greenskins in the Battle of Black Fire. There are many, many, many units on screen at once.

“These renowned characters from the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world can be selected in-game to lead the charge of conquest,” Sega says. “Each has a unique range of special abilities, weapons, armour, mounts and their own distinct narrative quest chain.”

The first “proper” footage of the game being played will arrive on July 30th, Sega promises. And here’s a really strange page on the Total War website that clearly describes the differences between the terms “in-game”, “in-engine”, “gameplay” and “cinematic trailer”, in case you’re confused. It’s very possible to be confused.