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Beyond The Chaos: Total Warhammer's Free DLC

Until today, the only Total War: Warhammer [official site] DLC we knew about was the Chaos race. They’ll be in the core game as an AI opponent but can only be played by those who either buy them or preorder. Now, developers The Creative Assembly have released details of their post-release plans and that includes loads of free add-ons. There will be new Lords with their own quest chains, items and campaign bonuses, new magic, and, most intriguing of all, an entire new playable race. Full details are on the dev blog, with some highlights below.

I’ve been trying to sniff out clues as to which race we can look forward to when that particular piece of dlc lands. It’ll arrive “towards the end of the year” and there’s a suggestion that it might involve a race already represented in the game but without a full unit roster and all the other bits and pieces that make for a campaigning faction. It could also be a debut appearance though, so who knows? I certainly don’t. Chaos Dwarves maybe? I’m guessing and not even in a particularly educated fashion.

Given that The Creative Assembly have a whole trilogy of Warhammer Fantasy games to work with, they’re going to have to hold some big names back for the actual sequels. The elves are surely going to stick their oars in at some point and if we don’t see Skaven, I’ll riot. That’s all for future games though, I reckon. Given that the Chaos armies seem to be the big threat in this first game, a corrupted form of an already-present race – the Dwarves – would be neat, which is the entirety of the reasoning behind my guess.

Here’s what to expect:

“For Total War: Warhammer, you can also expect a selection of content covering more of the iconic good stuff you’ll see in the main game; from new units offering new tactical potential in battle, to new magic lores to augment certain races’ spell-casting arsenal. Perhaps most importantly for long-term replayability, you can also expect to see the occasional new Legendary Lord who will shake up a race’s strategic potential in interesting new ways. Last but not least, towards the end of the year we will add a new playable race to the game, including new Legendary Lords, magic items, quest chains, and units. The image below gives you a rough idea of our plan on this, subject to change.”

Which race do you want to see? And which do you think is most likely?

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