Total War: Warhammer is being updated with an official Battle Map Editor tool later this month, Creative Assembly has announced. The map editor is going to be called, er, ‘Terry’, and it’s available to beta test right now in Steam - provided you have Windows 10 installed.
Now don’t get worried, this isn’t an exclusive feature for Windows 10. Total Warhammer’s Terry tool will be available on Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well, but for testing purposes the beta is Windows 10 only.
As for what Terry is, it’s an editing suite for creating terrains for use in custom and multiplayer battles. You can terraform the landscape, place buildings, effects and props, as well as choose deployment locations and add vegetation. Once your creations are complete you can export it as a .pack file and share it with other users.
For online play the .pack files are automatically shared from the host, so if you connect to a server with a custom map, the host will send you the map data when you connect.
If you were hoping to see an editor for the main campaign map as well then you’re sadly out of luck. Creative Assembly has said this just isn’t feasible as “The way we build the campaign map at CA is through a series of processes involving a mix of tech we make and 3rd party tools we don’t own the right to distribute, within a development version of the game. This is the best way for us to create our games, and we don’t use an all-in-one editor that you might be thinking of.”