The Steps of Isha map-pack offered us a unique opportunity to create a series of maps that were focused on a theme and maintain that theme through the visual look of the four maps. Normally when we create a map, it either needs to match the look of the campaign map geography or it’s designed to work with the narrative and structure of a quest battle. When we were faced with the task of creating a new map pack for Make War Not Love, we had none of the normal constraints. Instead, we needed maps that would feel totally unique. We knew we had to make the maps visually impressive, tactically interesting, and somehow tie into Valentine’s Day in the process, while feeling like they belong in the Warhammer world. Below we’ll discuss how we got from a single idea to full implementation.
Alongside the release of the highly-anticipated Tomb Kings, a small free update to one of the main Old World races will be added to the game. In this article, Senior Designer Eva Jobse will tell you all about it. On top of that we’ve got the EXTENSIVE list of patch notes that are coming with the Tomb Kings Update!
The Tomb Kings, known as the Priest Kings in their former lives are the undying rulers of Nehekhara, an ancient Human civilization that formed a great and powerful empire some two thousand five hundred years before the birth of Sigmar Heldenhammer and the founding of the Empire of Man. Out of all the unliving creatures that would claim dominion and royalty over the dead, only the Tomb Kings could truly claim such masterful and undisputed sovereignty, they who once ruled a mighty and far-flung Empire during a time when the rest of Mankind were little more than savage barbarians.
Long ago, during an ancient and forgotten age, the civilization of Nehekhara stood as the shining beacon of civilization and Human achievement; a golden age where its cities shone with a majestic splendor, its buildings crafted from magnificent marble and limestone, its armies conquering entire kindgoms from the face of the earth and their mighty rulers reigning as living Gods amongst Man. But this great realm was razed millennia ago through acts of great treachery and powerful sorcery. The living of the land had long ago perished in a single, mournful night, and in their absence, the dead stirred from their graves and claimed the land anew.
Across the arid deserts of Nehekhara, vast legions of skeletal warriors rise from beneath the baking sands to slaughter those who trespass into their domain. It is a lifeless realm of endless dunes, stained red from the blood of savages and barbarians. This is the Land of the Dead, where mummified kings are cursed to rule in perpetual unlife. But it was not always thus.
There was a time when the ancient kingdom of Nehekhara stood as a crown of human civilisation; a golden age when its cities shone with majestic splendour, its armies conquered entire nations and its kings ruled as gods among men. But this realm was razed millennia ago by the treacherous sorcery of reviled Nagash: in a stroke, the living perished and the dead rose from their tombs.
Death is no barrier to glory for the Tomb Kings however. In unlife, they will see the empire of Nehekhara restored to greatness!
The Reprisal update leaves beta and goes live today. This includes a host of changes and improvements from WARHAMMER I’s Foundation Update, including the Warriors of Chaos design changes, Wood Elf Followers, updated skill trees for Old World Legendary Lords including Helman Ghorst, the Immortality skill for Old World characters, and a handful of bugfixes…
The arcane and dangerous machinery of Clan Skryre blends the dangerous powers of Warp energy with the brilliant but unhinged nature of Skaven ingenuity. At the very cutting edge of technology the winds of magic mix freely with the madness of a corrupted science. Through twisted machinery, and stench of poisonous fumes, perhaps you too can divine the very future of warfare…
The Laboratory offers a brand new free game mode for Total War: WARHAMMER II, designed in collaboration with Intel®. It introduces a custom battle playground with 16 different sliders to tinker and play with to push your battles to new and ridiculous levels of mayhem.
It’s been a very busy year at CA, what with WARHAMMER II’s launch, a string of announces for new historical games, and not forgetting Halo Wars 2 in February as well. In line with our long-term plans to make more games in parallel, we’ve also welcomed many new members to the CA family. It’s going to be another interesting year ahead.
It’s quite exciting to go back to ROME II with Empire Divided. We’ve seen pleasantly surprised reactions from Total War players across the board, especially from historical fans who may have been feeling a little left out over the course of WARHAMMER I and II. This is precisely why Empire Divided exists; to provide some hearty historical snacking for players to enjoy between main meals…
November has been announcemageddon for CA, to be sure. With the Empire Divided Campaign Pack for ROME II plus our first Total War Saga title Thrones of Britannia both in the works, it would be easy to think we’re in some way sidelining WARHAMMER II, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The first update for Total War: WARHAMMER II hits via Steam auto-update on 26/10/2017 and contains a host of changes, tweaks, improvements and fixes. Mortal Empires, the new grand-scale campaign encompassing the landmasses of the Old World and the New World, will become available as the update goes live. Read the patch notes here.
Mortal Empires is a grand-scale downloadable campaign set across a massive new campaign map, free for owners of both Total War: WARHAMMER and Total War: WARHAMMER II. It enables players to embark on new campaigns as any playable Legendary Lord they own from both games and any owned DLC. For more of your questions answered, see our FAQ here.