It has finally been announced that Total War: Warhammer is set for launch on April 28, and the hordes of Chaos will be included in the game’s faction roster… for a price.
After some heavy speculation and a few coy comments from Creative Assembly, it was beginning to look as if the Chaos faction, one of the more popular races from the tabletop setting, would not feature as a playable party. But today, a fairly nifty and fittingly creepy trailer revealed that the monstrous hordes of the dark gods will in fact be available, albeit as a pre-order bonus.
Players who pre-order the game ahead of release will receive the war band at launch for no extra cost, with the bundle likely becoming available for purchase at a later date. The pack contains three legendary lords with quest chains to pursue for powerful rewards. These hospitable fellows are Sigvald the Magnificent, acting as the ever-inappropriately dressed Slaaneshi chosen lord, Kholek Suneater, the towering dragon ogre and Archaon the Everchosen, a fallen Empire templar.
Similar to the Hun faction in Total War: Attila, the Chaos war band is nomadic and unable to settle down in cities, instead happily squashing any opposition and stealing whatever they fancy. The army spreads Chaotic influence wherever it travels, turning populaces astray and into the waiting arms of whatever unsightly beasties await in the shadows. Sound like a nice bunch.
A few of the key units were announced alongside the tide of overwhelming information, such as Hellcannons, Chaos Warriors, the forsaken and Gorebeast Chariots. All will make the Chaos horde a force to be reckoned with, or at least one that ensures no trousers remain unsoiled. More detailed information, such as the roles of these units can be found on the Steam store page.
Pre-order bonuses and DLC are not uncommon for the Total War series, but this reveal seems to have fans in somewhat of an uproar. The community feels that the removal of such a key force from the base game (which has been a main feature in the game’s marketing) and the announcement of DLC so far ahead of the launch is unacceptable. A further points of contention is the fear that Total War: Warhammer will be showered in DLC, containing key factions that are vital in the Warhammer world, such as the mysteriously absent Elven and Tomb King rosters. This mood hasn’t been helped by the lack of any and all modding support for the game, despite the feature appearing in all previous entries. The vocal majority have pitted blame on Warhammer creator, Games Worskshop, notorious for a strict approach in handling the licence in the past.
Total War: Warhammer is available for pre-purchase now, but after the fairly catastrophic launch of Rome 2, it might be best to show some restraint.