Total War does China - Three Kingdoms Catch All

The Total War series is finally getting around to making a game set in China. Three Kingdoms will be with us in Fall 18. Announce Trailer:

This sounds cool. I hope it is one of their good ones.

OH MY GOD TAKE MY MONEY IT'S ABOUT TIME

Finally.

But will I get to spend all my time on poetry like in Romance of the Three Kingdoms?

Holy F**k I just realized I want a Crusader Kings for this setting.

This might get me back in on the franchise.

Ohhhh let's see how they take on Koei's stranglehold on this era! Hyped!

You have my attention.

...probably related to me being able to almost instantly name nearly every main character in that trailer.

EDIT: and feel free to follow it up with an expansion set in the period of the Water Margin (see Koei's "Bandit Kings of Ancient China")

I'd say the immediate recognition of those specifically identifiable historical figures is what makes the game so marketable. I mean, will you follow Cao Cao or write an alternate history with Liu Bei as winner?

I hope they give each commander a special ability so that playing the various factions is instantly rewarding (see Nobunaga's Ambition Sphere of Influence for example).

I haven't been able to get into a Total War game since Shogun 2 (which I got into deep). This direction has me completely excited, so I'm all in. It's the first game I'm excited for that's (supposedly) coming out in 2018!

f*ck YES!

Rat Boy wrote:

This might get me back in on the franchise.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I haven't been able to get into a Total War game since Shogun 2 (which I got into deep). This direction has me completely excited, so I'm all in. It's the first game I'm excited for that's (supposedly) coming out in 2018!

You guys should try the Warhammer games they are really good.

New in engine trailer.

OMG IT LOOKS GREAT and I have no idea what's going on.

Also the date has been pushed out to Spring 2019 and I completely comfortable with this decision.

Budo wrote:

Also the date has been pushed out to Spring 2019 and I completely comfortable with this decision.

Between Warhammer, the new 'Saga' spin offs and this, there was a little too much Total War being pushed out for my tastes. So, I'm happy with the delay too. Perhaps the mixed response to Thrones has led to them reworking parts of this? Or maybe it's totally coincidental.

Main I love dynasty warriors and I love total war. So I'm really looking forward to this. It does look like there doing some interesting things with it. Really hope it's good.

Three Kingdoms has two game modes - Romance and Classic. It changes the way generals are handled. It looks like Generals in Romance mode are basically going to be your Warhammer heroes, whereas in classic mode they revert to more historical, mortal figures.

Pre order up!

Ouch. £45 on steam. Gonna wait until I at least see some independent hands on stuff I think. Thrones of Britannia burned me a little bit. I know this is a different team but I'm still going to be cautious going forward.

Apart from Warhammer 3, that is. Consider that one bought already...

I played it at Pax and was very impressed at least with the demo battle. Combat was tight and the visuals were on point. Now I need to start watching movies and reading books on the era cause I know little about it. Any suggestions are welcome.

Yeah this one looks good as well. I am OK waiting since my backlog is enough.

Looking really good!

jdzappa wrote:

I played it at Pax and was very impressed at least with the demo battle. Combat was tight and the visuals were on point. Now I need to start watching movies and reading books on the era cause I know little about it. Any suggestions are welcome.

Well, there are obviously the actual 3 Kingdoms novels.

I went through those as well as Outlaws of the Marsh several years ago. The latter is about a different time period, represented in the KOEI strategy game Bandit Kings of Ancient China, as well as (in a more abstract way), the Suikoden series among others.

I found them fairly engaging to read, even many centuries after their creation. They offered an interesting glimpse into the time periods and cultural values therein. I do have to add that I was already very interested in the material prior to reading the books.

The original books are great, especially if you can find a relatively modern translation. I have a copy of Bandits of the Marsh somewhere in which each chapter is told as if spoken to an audience, and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger so they will come and hear the rest.