Total War: Warhammer 2 Officially Announced

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Elves and Dark Elves and…wait was that a Slann?

Wellp, it’s official. SEGA and Games Workshop have officially announced Total War: Warhammer 2, so that mysterious countdown is finally over and it’s what we expected. I’m curious to see how (if at all) they change the gameplay–we know for sure they’re adding new factions, but hopefully they’ve taken this time to learn from some of the missteps in the first Total War: Warhammer.

There’s a gorgeous new trailer up today that showcases a bunch of jerks Elves meeting a bunch of other jerks Dark Elves in the jungle for a heart to heart discussion (well, crossbow bolt to heart discussion anyway), until they get a Cold (One) reception from the Lizardmen.

 

via SEGA

Millennia ago, besieged by a Chaos invasion, a conclave of High Elf mages forged a vast, arcane vortex. Its purpose was to draw the Winds of Magic from the world as a sinkhole drains an ocean, and blast the Daemonic hordes back to the Realm of Chaos. Now the Great Vortex falters, and the world again stands at the brink of ruin.

Powerful forces move to heal the maelstrom and avert catastrophe. Yet others seek to harness its terrible energies for their own bitter purpose. The race is on, and the very fate of the world will lie in the hands of the victor.

Prince Tyrion, Defender of Ulthuan, guides the High Elves in their desperate efforts to stabilise the vortex as it roils above their home continent.

Atop his palanquin-throne, the Slann Mage-Priest Mazdamundi directs his Lizardmen war-hosts as they surge northward from Lustria. He, too, is intent on preventing cataclysm, though the methods of The Old Ones must prevail.

The Witch King Malekith and his sadistic Dark Elf hordes spew forth from Naggaroth and their labyrinthine Black Arks. He tastes great weakness in the vortex – and great opportunity in its demise.

Meanwhile a fourth, secretive race stirs, their motives obscured by sinister plots and machinations. The time for revelation is nigh…

Four races, four outcomes, a single goal: control of the Great Vortex, for good or ill.

The second in a trilogy and sequel to the award-winning Total War: WARHAMMER, Total War: WARHAMMER II brings players a breathtaking new narrative campaign, set across the vast continents of Lustria, Ulthuan, Naggaroth and the Southlands. The Great Vortex Campaign builds pace to culminate in a definitive and climactic endgame, an experience unlike any other Total War title to date.

Getting eaten by a Cold One is an experience unlike any other…

Playing as one of 8 Legendary Lords across 4 iconic races from the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, players must succeed in performing a series of powerful arcane rituals in order to stabilise or disrupt The Great Vortex, while foiling the progress of the other races. Each Legendary Lord has a unique geographical starting position, and each race offers a distinctive new playstyle with unique campaign mechanics, narrative, methods of war, armies, monsters, Lores of Magic, legendary characters, and staggering new battlefield bombardment abilities.

Shortly after launch, owners of both the original game and Total War™ WARHAMMER II will gain access to the colossal new combined campaign. Merging the landmasses of The Old World plus Naggaroth, Lustria, Ulthuan and the Southlands into a single epic map, players may embark on monumental campaigns as any owned Race from both titles.

I have to say, what better way to introduce a faction than by charging into battle atop a massive, angry tyrannosaurus and chowing down on some elves–I mean they’re basically an appetizer…

And then there’s all of his friends, showing up ready for battle. One of the skinks even does a little bit of mugging for the camera. Clearly, he is the hero of the game–a lovable mascot that will help propel Total War: Warhammer 2 to the top of the charts, and right into my heart…

And then rising up above them, everyone’s favorite floating frogmen, the Slann… although it’s Mazda-Mundi, not Lord Kroak, so, it doesn’t really matter because it’s decrepit corpses or NOTHING as far as I’m concerned…

In the meantime, let me just leave you with this shot of the world…

Will your faction gain control of the big swirling vortex of doom? I mean, it’s the winds of magic, so, you know it could possibly be used for good, but we all know that it’s gonna explode everywhere. Is this the doom that heralds the game will be switching over to the Age of Sigmar? Are we going to get an End Times DLC that takes us from the Fantasy world to the realm of Sigmarines and Armored Sky-Dwarves and Chaos…guys?

 

Probably not, but that one was for all the people who comment without reading the whole article.

So get out there and construct additional pylons spawning pools.

  • Solotaire Confinement

    April Fools?

    • SIA

      I doubt it they have announced it and had a count down going for over a week.

    • frankelee

      That would be funny, they spent a million dollars making a trailer to a game they already announced they would make before announcing their bankruptcy and immediate end tomorrow.

    • dave long island

      Well in Old World Lore the holiday closest to our ‘April Fools’ comes on the 3rd Deiterstag following the 2nd Moorslieb immediately prior to the vernal equinox. So, yknow… there’s that.

    • Lord Elpus

      Nope! For real, there’s been a countdown for it.

  • Cori Beath

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the hint at Skaven at the end with the beady eyed rat….

    • cudgel

      Shh don’t ruin the DLC, actually I kid, it looks like they might just be including right off this time.

      • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

        Not DLC, they they will launch 4 races just like they had 4 on the first one. Chaos Warriors were announced later on.

        Since Southland are included on the map, is more possible to see TK DLC.

      • EnTyme

        My guess is Skaven will be the pre-order bonus race like Chaos Warriors were with the first game. Free with pre-order, purchasable after release.

    • dave long island

      Looked to me like it had some mango worms in him, as well. Nasty…

    • plasticvicar

      RAT MEN? WHAT AN ABSURD THOUGHT THAT HAS NO BASIS IN REALITY WHATSOEVER! I THINK A VISIT TO THE WITCH HUNTER IS AT HAND.

    • Andrew

      Also, there are Skaven numerals scratched into the II (2) of the game’s title logo.

  • The_Illusionist

    1:10 – Teclis plays Hearthstone, apparently.

  • My soul is ready.

  • Thomas

    “Is this the doom that heralds the game will be switching over to the Age of Sigmar? Are we going to get an End Times DLC that takes us from the Fantasy world to the realm of Sigmarines and Armored Sky-Dwarves and Chaos…guys?”

    No. Next question.

    • cudgel

      Seriously

      • Severius_Tolluck

        It was rumored when the first one was dropping that they would have a standard, and end times, and then sigmar. Hopefully not the case, but we shall see. So far, Looks like a nope.

  • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

    CARNOSAUR, NOT COLD ONE, NOT TYRANNOSAURUS, CARNOSAUR.

    • euansmith

      The worst ones are the Carny-saurs; they are full of tricks.

      • Lord Elpus

        Small hands too, smell like cabbage…

    • Hagwert

      Yea, they also called Teclis by his brothers name Tyrion .

  • Dan

    Wow they claimed you could put both together for a massive linked map game? I’m surprised, I assumed they were saving that as a selling point for number three, but perhaps that means the third one will be the eastern-most parts of the world? Makes sense, they could try and present the map so it’s not obvious it’s an Earth analogue and save that as a big reveal for #3

    That said, I just earlier today looked at a Warhammer map proper for the first time as im not too knowledgeable about it and now realizing how blatantly they have geographical and cultural analogues I’m not surprised at End Times. It was just a matter of time before they got hit with unavoidable landslide of bad PR coming from any imaginable direction about racism or cultural appropriation or something. Ending the world seems like a much, MUCH smarter move to me now than it did yesterday…

    • dave long island

      Maybe the 3rd one is one big massive under-empire of the ratling vermin rodentine skaven variety.

      • SIA

        Most seem to think the third one will be adding in deamons of the 4 chaos gods or the lands that the chaos dwarves and orges control

        • dave long island

          Mayhap!

    • Lord Blacksteel

      So after 35 years in print you really think it’s “just a matter of time” before they got hit with this PR landslide?

  • Jay Shepherd

    I’m surprised the sequel is still using the interesting IP.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I am glad they are, wouldn’t waste my money on AoS setting game.

      • Joseph

        There wouldnt be enough there to construct a game 😛

      • ragelion

        Considering how AOS is doing there would be a lot of people interested in it. I can see the Halo wars team handling a possible AOS game.

    • Brian Griffith

      You shouldn’t be. The trilogy was always going to use the World-that-Was through all three games. They’re sequels more in the Starcraft II sense, each opening up more regions and factions in their campaigns.

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      Well, yeah, I guess it has to do with the fact that they agreed on doing 3 games based on the old world. I don’t know, that’s what I heard FROM DAY ONE AND ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS.

      But hey, if it’s to take a potshot/jab at AoS? You guys don’t need much.

  • Sam Nolton

    It’s weird that this game is still going and super popular …I mean, it’s an awesome game and really well done, but like….GW killed the old WHFB world. Are they regretting that now?

    • Dan

      It’s not like they can’t relaunch WFB. Age of Sigmar is branded differently enough and different enough in aesthetics and gameplay it could, potentially, sit along WFB as a separate product. It’s not like there isn’t precedent with the revival of (now Classic) World of Darkness vs Chronicles of Darkness nee (new) World of Darkness. That was a much worse situation and it still happened.

      Did it take awhile? Yes. Will it happen for WFB? who knows. But if you keep making your voice loud and clear it’s a damn sight more likely.

      • ragelion

        They won’t it’s a simple case of will GW invest the money to do it. World of darkness is an RPG not a miniature hobby/wargame. Royalties is only 1/6th of their income. GW is going to focus on the thing making them bank.

        WHFB works far better as a video game than a tabletop game in my opinion.

        • Hagwert

          I think a tabletop battle game using the WHFB fluff and the AOS rules would do better than both of them put together.

          • Thomas

            I would get behind that. AoS’ rules, while not really my bag, are still something I could live with. I just refused to play a game set in such a garbage setting.

          • Sam Nolton

            100% agree. There was still a LOT left unexplored in WHFB’s world.

          • DJ860

            I hope they at least just continue to explore the world that was through mediums that are non-miniatures.

          • DJ860

            Maybe, but I feel like the people who enjoyed WHFB passionately as a game don’t get that fix from AoS. The rank and file strategy etc etc. I could be wrong though.

        • Dan

          I think Hagwert’s other reply about KOW or other companies throwing their hats in the ring is a telling one. If there is proven to be an incentive I don’t see GW avoiding it now that they seem to actually be paying attention to the world outside their offices.

          I’m sure it wouldn’t be too big of a cost to reintroduce limited run orders of old WFB models to test the waters at some nebulous point in the future. A lot of their costs are overhead and supply chain assuming they still have the molds or whatnot limited experiments should be do-able on a budget.

          Likewise it’d be cheap enough and a massive PR slam dunk to offer print-on-demand and/or free pdf 9th ediiton. Just take whatever the biggest fan-updated edition is, take a week or so of dev-time to polish/tweak it with input from the creators, and release it. Maybe add some fluff. Easy enough for WFB and AOS to be two different timelines where End Times went one of two ways. now WFB is free to evolve any direction they want.

          boom. done. now people can make fan dexes converting WFB armies to AOS and AOS to WFB armies. win-win for GeeDubs.

          • ragelion

            Problem is what reason does GW have to spend money to do it when they are making more money? With the new thing? Why would they spend money to divert people’s attentions to a game they canned themselves?

            Plus using up stock space for a game they got rid of themselves? Yes things using up stock space costs money. Developing that free pdf for 9th will cost money as well.

            Personally I would not do it. If GW was going to do such a thing they would of done it already. I think they are more than happy to keep milking total war warhammer until the trilogy is done.

      • Hagwert

        GW will be keeping an eye on things like ninth age and KOW, if they think there is a viable market they will jump back in regardless of how much of a retcon they have to do . Just look at how many small companies are now making low fantasy style minis for ninth age, even historical companies like Fireforge are starting to make fantasy/historical cross over minis to represent Brettonians. I could definately see it been brought back in a low key way like a specialist game or like the Lord Of The Rings range.

    • Nilok

      From my understanding, Age if Sigmar on the tabletop is doing gangbusters compared to WFB. The numbers I was able to find was 7% of GW’s sales was WFB, while 30% is now Age of Sigmar.

      I think from GW’s point of view, WFB is doing far better as a video game than it was as a tabletop game, probably due to cost and scale.

      • Lap Him Tong

        Do you have a source for these numbers? Would love to take a look.

        • ragelion

          It has been said that before whfb ended it was 15% and last year 11 months ago according to bob/atia. AOS was 30% before the general handbook. Plus it was stated in a finance report that AOS is doing better than whfb. This was also before the general handbook and the last report showing growth.

          Also in adepticon when announcing the 40k rule changes GW has said that the AOS general handbook has been one of the highest selling rule supplments they have ever done.

    • Joseph

      I think they regret losing the setting but not the mechanics.

      • Hagwert

        You just hit the nail on the head with that comment . AOS rules in the Olde World is the most popular game at the FLGS I go to .

        • Joseph

          That’s the sad part, i doubt the backlash would have been as bad if they had kept the old world/a similar setting. The AOS is to bombastic to appeal to most people compared to the more traditional and grounded Old World Setting. I’ve spoken to scores upone scores of people from different P&P RPG/Video Game clubs and cons, none of them will touch the setting.

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      Agreement of making 3 games was made on 2012. AoS came into thought by late 2013 early 2014.

  • Adrien Fowl

    It contains four factions. Skavens included. Maybe our loved ratmen will be featured on another video, but they are included in the description of the game on Steam.

    Do you remember the reaction of people after watching the trailer of the Remake of Final Fantasy VII? They said “best day of my life!!!”

    I have the same feeling with Total War Warhammer 2. BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.

    • Andrew

      There was one ‘skaven’ in the video.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        correction “Giant Rat”

  • Rainthezangoose

    It think this is good, I hope WFB becames the go to for video game setting, in the same vain that AoS suits being on the table better.

  • Lord Elpus

    Love it! Don’t know about anyone else but after reading about the Lizardmen, I scroll down and what do I find? Geico lizard staring at me…

  • MechBattler

    The Lizardmen have this to say –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tj2zJ2Wvg

    • Lord Elpus

      could also have The Frog Chorus by Paul McCartney!

  • Deacon Ix

    I’ve only just brought the first one…

    • Nightwalker

      You got it on the Humble Bundle sale too? Glad I only payed $12 for it lol… It feels… incomplete… in terms of total war games

    • SIA

      Well if you buy the second one you get both maps and the atlantic ocean between them.

  • ieyke

    So glad Total War is completely ignoring Age Of Suckmore.