UPDATE: No sooner had I put out the original story had CA canceled the countdown and just officially announced Total War: Three Kingdoms, an all-new historical era Total War grand strategy game set in China in 190CE. Well, that's one way to do it.

In Total War: Three Kingdoms the Han Dynasty has fallen, and the empire has fallen into anarchy. A tyrant warlord, known as Dong Zhuo, currently reigns supreme, yet an alliance of China's great families are planning to form a coalition in order to challenge his rule.

"The crucible fizzes," says Creative Assembly. "Allegiances shift. The fires of conflict stoke opportunity. Only one thing is certain: the very future of China will be shaped by its champions. Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next major historical strategy game in the award-winning Total War series."

If you're the impatient sort who's itching for some Chinese historical warfare then the very decent Oriental Empires is already available on Steam. It's from a number of ex-Total War devs, so they know their stuff.

Original Story: 10th-Jan-2018 - Creative Assembly Teases New Historical Total War Era Reveal Tomorrow

Creative Assembly is going to announce an all-new Total War era imminently. The official Total War Twitter account sent out a message saying “Announcing a new Total War era…”, along with the briefest of teaser clips.

Unfortunately, CA has since deleted the Tweet for whatever reason, meaning the video is no longer available. I did get a screengrab as proof though, so that'll have to do for now.

The tweet links to the official Total War site, where a countdown is ticking away. At the time of writing the official announcement is roughly 23 hours away, with the reveal going live at 4pm GMT on Thursday, January 11th.

Speculation is now mounting as to what the new Total War era may be. I’m placing my bets on one of two options - Ancient China (pre-BC) or World War I. Both are total conjecture at this point, but my logic is that Creative Assembly would prefer to make a new historical game that’s set before or after anything it’s done before, just to shake things up a bit.

With less than a day to go until the announcement of Total War, what era do you think it’s going to be set in? Can you glean any clues from the teaser? Let us know!