Total War: Warhammer's Call Of The Beastmen Announced - Costs $19 For A Single Faction

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 12:00 PM
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Want to have the complete set of factions in Total War: Warhammer? Well, uh, it looks like it could be an expensive business. Creative Assembly has announced the first new post-launch faction for Total War: Warhammer along with a trailer; but the mighty Beastmen will set you back a whopping £14 when they arrive later this month.

Fortunately, this time CA has gone a little further than it usually does with new Total War factions. The Beastmen will be playable in the Total Warhammer’s main campaign and will also have their own “An eye for an eye” story campaign. Leading the barbarous hordes of forest dwellers will be two new legendary lords, backed up by an army of unique units, monsters and heroes.

If the thought of frolocking in the woods as an axe-wielding deer surrounded by decapitated heads sounds appealing to you, then Total War: Warhammer - Call of the Beastmen could show some promise, but the £14 price tag seems a little on the steep side for Total War fans used to 3 or 4 new factions per mini expansion. For instance, Total War: Attila’s Slavic Nations Culture pack introduced three new factions and cost just £6.

For those looking at picking it up, Call of the Beastmen is out on July 28th.

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14:27 Jul-16-2016

I wanted to buy this game but got disappointing when I saw that chaos and blood parch are separate DLCs. For 60$ game I think that those parts should be included, and now 14 pounds for one race? It is way too expensive.

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12:00 Jul-16-2016

This makes me really want a remake, please..."Total Annihilation: Kingdoms"...Make it so Number One...Is Total War game play too much of a jump from things like Star Craft and Age of Empires or do people usually enjoy the games equally?

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12:08 Jul-15-2016

Squee - Bare in mind though that previous Total War faction DLC was primarily built around human models. So a reskin of clothes, armour and balancing their stats etc. Here we will have a whole range of sprite sizes all having to gel together with the existing Warhammer sprites. Giants, Trolls Dragon ogres. All with their own battle animations. So for me, while a lot of money, I am still ok with paying to fuel the additional DLC for my favourite game.
It will extend its life, and I am looking forward to zooming in and watching how the new armies and original armies tear each other apart.
Keep the new DLC coming I say and I will just miss out on other games for a while. As I mentioned in my review, I have waited 16 years for this game.

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13:11 Jul-15-2016

I agree, while the price is steep there is a much bigger workload for the developers in this (I'd rather quality DLC than simple re skins). I think they've done a very good job (bar the agents grr!) with warhammer and hope they will continue.

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15:31 Jul-15-2016

I am very excited for this! Can't wait for it to release! Just in time. I just beat the last of the 5 available campaigns.

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19:38 Jul-15-2016

Surely 14 pounds is a stretch though, by any standard?
I mean I agree with what you're saying in that it's not your run of the mill bland extra faction, but still.
It's a third of the selling price of the base game, without a third of the resources needed to create it I'm sure.
Just saying, I already forked over 120 quid for the game, and I was happy to do so. But with this price even I feel like I'm being taken advantage of.
Not even mentioning that I feel I should be entitled to any such DLC in advance for getting the collector's edition, so I don't think I'm going to get this one straight away.
At least not at this price.

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00:22 Jul-16-2016

A fair point Felix, but let's point out the fact that the Witcher 3's paid expansion DLC offered a HUGE plethora of content, new areas, fully voiced, extremely high quality facial animations, hell animations in general, for the same exact price as this add-on, we as the consumers need to collectively try to find what is an acceptable price point for add-ons/ expansions, and I stand on the side that this particular expansion SHOULD be 10 USD, and whatever that converts to in Euros and GBP, also Divayth pointed out that he had purchased a Collector's Edition, I'm not sure what the markup was over the base version of the game, but surely that should entitle him to ALL of the content, post-release or not. Maybe I'm just a cheapskate, but DLC always has been a foggy area for many.

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00:28 Jul-16-2016

With some games skins and costumes alone going for 3.99 to 5 USD, and some games, double that price to get Mass Effect add-on content or a map pack, Double that again to get a TW3 expansion, add 10 USD and get the Shivering isles one of the most complete expansions in the industry's history, to an already content packed title, now I don't know about you lovely lot, but 20 dollars for a single faction new models or no, that adds what most likely, a cut and paste campaign, that offers little over what already is available, (I could be wrong but after Rome II that is my direct assumption.) and taking into account what TW3 and Bethesda and Atlus and many others have done in the past, I feel I would be in the right when assuming I am being taken advantage of as a fan of the series.

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00:31 Jul-16-2016

Who was willing to pay more money ON TOP of the 60 USD, or more in the case of Divayth,who wanted more AAA content at a fair price, and to me gentlemen, ONE faction and ONE campaign does not fit the criteria of a 20 dollar add-on.

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00:45 Jul-16-2016

Comparing Witcher and Total War is a pretty far off comparison, even more so here becasue CDPR is in Poland where game development is dramatically cheaper that for CA.

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00:46 Jul-16-2016

Also Witcher's DLC featured ALOT of reused assets. Almost all animations, all human models, the general layout of the land, were all from the base game, and dramatically reduced the cost.

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02:11 Jul-16-2016

So reused assets= less playable content? Pretty far off comparison, I suppose that you think MMORPG expansions are minuscule because they do not feature, new animations, and don't have new updated super scoped detailed generic NPC models, I suppose Skyrim expansions didn't add to the experience because they just featured a few new mechanics and the layout of Dawnguard was a lot similar, more still, for the franchise of Total War, pretty much the backbone of Sega's publishing right now, it is unlikely that they faced a hard budget, when Total War additions and entries are almost guaranteed to be exceedingly popular.

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02:14 Jul-16-2016

Also do not misinterpret me by thinking I'm stating that TW has an UNLIMITED budget, but near guaranteed hits like TW, have more leeway, Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica etc. Have shown that they can be flexible with this, the work with the PS3 with the Title God of War 3 ought to be a testament of that, if you watch behind the scenes film, you can see how they describe the time and labor it took to produce the best possible product.

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02:17 Jul-16-2016

Also, CA have a history of creating great expansions, within the likes of TW: Medieval 2, Shogun 2, Rome II's imperator pack etc. This is lazy, lazy, and most of all uninspired to release a 1+1 expansion at 20 USD

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11:04 Jul-18-2016

All great points guys.
I certainly agree with Divayth about the VERY expensive Collectors Edition and that it should include all future DLC. But I suppose people buying the Collectors Editions are most likely to pay whatever for all new content.
I personally wouldnt buy any special edition unless it said that it includes all expansion material.
Yeah this is a lot of money for a single race of extra campaign and content and we kind of knew this would happen with this series.
Make a stand guys and dont buy it. Hopefully that will stop them charging so much for the next DLC.
Me? I am still thinking of getting this shortly after it releases. :)

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11:42 Jul-18-2016

Something that I just thought of that hasnt been properly mentioned yet, this isnt just Total War. It is the Warhammer franchise as well. So Games Workshop are taking their cut of the DLC each time. Which pushes the DLC price up.
And if you ever want to take a look at very expensive "DLC" then go no further than the Games Workshop miniatures for their table top game. You can drop £20 on five figures very easily. So they are the masters of rinsing out the hobbiest's wallet.

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