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Total War: Warhammer Finally Gets a Release Date

Almost from the first release of the Total War franchise, people have been fantasising about what a Total War game set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer world.

Fans have made several attempts to create mods that bring the Empire, Orcs, Goblins, and other races of the Old World to the various various iterations of the Total War engine.

Finally though, Games Workshop and Creative Assembly got their acts together and announced Total War: Warhammer, and geeks worldwide (myself included) lost their minds. Since the announcement, there’s been a steady drip-feed of reveals featuring races, characters, and famous battles from the game’s lore.

It’s only now that we have a release date though. April 28th, 2016, will see the game arrive on PC, and because we’re living in the modern world, day-one DLC tied to pre-ordering the game has already been announced. Not that I have a problem with DLC, as I’ve said in the past, but I do have a bit of an issue with this lot.

Let me explain. The game comes with four playable races from the off – Empire, Orcs, Dwarfs, and Undead. Currently available for pre-order is the High King Edition of the game. It comes with some fairly impressive goodies including a functional whetstone, a real drinking horn capable of holding a pint of whatever liquid you choose, a canvas map a Grudge Ring, and the Chaos Warriors Race Pack for $99.99.

Yes, that’s an entire faction, restricted to pre-order DLC. This annoys me on a couple of levels – as a video gamer and a tabletop gamer. We’re not talking about a fringe army like the Ogre Kingdoms here. We’re talking about Chaos. Actual, honest-to-goodness Chaos (pun intended), one of the few things that makes the Warhammer world different from every other Tolkien-esque rip-off. Locking them away from a large portion of the playerbase just seems stupid.

Then again, this is Games Workshop and Sega we’re talking about here, so poor business acumen seems like it was destined to show up sooner or later.

 

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