Total War: Warhammer 2 may have only just launched, but we know it's just the second part of a planned trilogy of Total Warhammer games. Based on the length of time between releases, we expect Total War: Warhammer III will launch in early 2019. But what will we be getting for our $50? We investigate which factions, continents and campaigns will be playable in Total Warhammer 3.

Which Races Will Be in Total Warhammer 3?

The vast majority of the major races in the Warhammer Fantasy universe are already included in the first two Total War: Warhammer games. There are just a handful of races left, plus a few new factions for existing races. The latter option isn’t the big sell Creative Assembly needs though, so new races are a must. This leaves us with two options:

Total War: Warhammer 3 Races - Option 1

  • The Ogres
  • Dogs of War
  • Skytitans
  • Chaos Dwarfs

Upon initial inspection, this is the selection that could make the most sense.These are all (fairly) major races in Warhammer Fantasy and would provide the canvas for major new strategy elements. However, CA needs a run of DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2 (and 3) without getting too niche with their choices, and saving these four for the sequel doesn’t leave much room for excitement. Instead, it’s more conceivable that a couple of these will be DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2, while the other two will be made available as Total Warhammer 3 DLC. Based on geographical location, the Tomb Kings should be Total Warhammer 2 DLC.

The second option is a little more out there, but it’s also potentially the more likely. Chaos are a huge element of Warhammer fantasy, and right now the Warriors of Chaos are just a bonus faction for the original Total Warhammer. There is also the Daemons of Chaos to consider. They are servants of the four Chaos gods, making them an ideal for all four base races for Total Warhammer 3. 

 

Total War: Warhammer 3 Races - Option 2

  • Khorne, The Blood God
  • Tzeentch, The Changer of the Ways
  • Nurgle, The Plague Lord
  • Slaanesh, The Prince of Pleasure
  • DLC: Chaos Dwarfs, Ogres

The potential for four Chaos factions in TW:W3 is also a likely choice for Creative Assembly. They need to move away from being a glorified expansion pack in order to make the third game in the trilogy a necessity. A cataclysmic event surrounding the Chaos could upturn the entire game and provide a dramatically different experience to Total War: Warhammer I and II. One possible scenario is the four Gods of Chaos enter the Warhammer world through the Vortex which forms the focal point for TW2. The factions fighting over the Vortex may have destabilised it and allowed the demonic forces into the New World.

Focusing on Chaos would also work as some of the factions from Option 1 could then be reserved for DLC. The likes of the Chaos Dwarfs and The Ogres could be a perfect fit for this.

 

Which Continents Will Total Warhammer 3 Take Place In?

Total War: Warhammer 3 will probably be set in the Eastern Lands and the Southern Wastes. These are situated to the south and east of the Warhammer Fantasy world and would complete the map. The entire Warhammer Fantasy world has been mapped out and it has similar layout and geography to Earth. This is where Asia and the Antarctic is on Earth. These areas are home to The Ogres, the Skytitans and the Snakemen, and the Southern Wastes are where the Chaos forces can be found.

Total Warhammer 1 takes place in the northeast, in an area known as The Old World. It sits where mainland Europe is as we know it. Total War: Warhammer 2 takes place in the west the south, in an area known as The New World. This is where the Americas and Africa are on Earth.

What is the Total War: Warhammer 3 Campaign?

Creative Assembly will be looking for a story crux to base the Total War: Warhammer 3 campaign. This will be based on the races being added. It makes sense if it is based on the Daemons of Chaos and involved a cataclysmic event befalling the Warhammer universe.

Total War: Warhammer III will also feature ‘A Very Big Campaign’ for those who own the entire Total Warhammer trilogy. This will feature a standard Total War ruleset with upwards of 15 factions competing for dominance. The campaign map will combine all three maps into a single giant campaign.

Total War: Warhammer Trilogy Campaigns

The Old World

Included in Warhammer I

Eye of the Vortex

Included in Warhammer II

Mortal Empires

Free Campaign for Owners of Parts 1 & 2

Warhammer III's Main Campaign

Included in Warhammer III

A Very Big Campaign*

Free Campaign for Owners of Parts 1, 2 & 3