Just in case you missed it, the Total War announcement Creative Assembly has been teasing for the past week is in fact Total War: Warhammer 2. Sorry history fans, CA is doubling down on Games Workshops unique blend of swords, sorcery and abject misery. In a bit of a change for Total War games however, Total War: Warhammer II is both a standalone game and an expansion pack which bolts onto the original, doubling the size of the available landmass and adding four new playable races.

Shortly after Total Warhammer 2's launch, an update will combined the original and the sequel's campaigns into a single, giant map. Players will be able to use any of the available races across the entire new landmass.

The three new playable races we know about are the much sought after Lizardmen, the High Elves, the Dark Elves, and the fourth is yet to be announced. 

What's great about Total War: Warhammer 2 being a standalone expansion pack for Total War: Warhammer is that the system requirements should stay fundamentally the same. This the same core game running in the same engine, just with new factions, units, and territories. The only minor cause for concern is that combining both the games into a single giant campaign may push the system requirements up slightly, although this is unlikely to have a major impact. It's the battle maps where performance is most demanding and these will remain the same.

Predicted Total War: Warhammer 2 Minimum System Requirements (15-25 FPS Low @ 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz or AMD Phenom 8650 Triple-Core 2.3 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTS 450 1GB, Radeon HD 5770 1GB or Intel HD 4000 (Low)
  • HDD: 35 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Predicted Total War: Warhammer 2 Recommended System Requirements (45-55 FPS High @1080p

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon R9 270X

Predicted Total War: Warhammer 2 Ultra System Requirements (Ultra @ 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz or AMD FX-9370 4.4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon Fury X

The good news is that if you can run Total War: Warhammer, you're almost definitely going to be able to run the sequel. For a look at how a few mid to low tier graphics cards can handle Total Warhammer, check out our Radeon R7 370 and GeForce GTX 960 benchmarks.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Total War: Warhammer 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Total War: Warhammer 2 benchmark chart.