Total War: Warhammer 3 COUNTDOWN: Release Date, Story and More

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Total War: Warhammer 3 is finally almost here. With the reviews now live and the ability to preload out there, it's only a matter of time until you can play it for yourself.

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Here's what you should know before its release.

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Latest - Reviews are in

The reviews are now live, ahead of the game's release this Friday. In our review, we said:

"Although I got hit with a few performance issues in my time with the game and parts of it is a little slow, it is clear this is the biggest and most thorough Warhammer game to date."
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It seems like this is going to be a pretty huge game.

Release Date

After being delayed from the initial 2021 release date, Total War: Warhammer 3 is now just days away, releasing Thursday, 17 February.

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In the run up to release, the official Total War Twitch channel have been running a series of streams to help build up the hype in time for launch.

From Tuesday, 15 February, players who have pre-purchased the game will be able to preload it on select platforms prior to the February 17 release.

What to Expect in the Total War: Warhammer 3

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While details of the campaign itself are scarce, we do know it will be taking place in The Realms of Chaos, said to be the source of magic in the Warhammer series. Game director, Ian Roxburgh has told players to expect the map to be roughly twice the size of the previous instalment's Eye of the Vortex map. Gameplay will remain laregly the same, as players battle and barter their way through the Realms of Chaos.

What are the Factions?

Total War: Warhammer 3 Realms of Chaos
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Being set in the Realms of Chaos, it is only natural that there will be plenty of Chaos factions abound for players to sink their teeth into. With Kislev and Cathay fighting for the humans, they'll be facing off against the factions representing the Chaos Gods: Nurgle, Slaanesh, Khorne and Tzeentch.

Unlike in previous games, despite their overwhelming presence, this will be the first time players have had the opportunity to lead the Daemonic factions in the Warhammer series

In addition to these factions, the Ogre Kingdoms are also set to be joining the fray as part of a free post-launch DLC for those who have either pre-purchased the game, or purchase it within the first week of release.