Total Warhammer shows off free Bretonnia faction DLC

In case you’d forgotten, Total Warhammer [official site] will add an extra playable faction to the Grand Campaign in a free update next week – Bretonnia. While they are already in Total Warhammer, this is their full and grand arrival. But what are these fantasy Frenchmen into? Fairytale castles, chivalry, Arthurian legend, and hippogryphs, going by a new trailer Sega have popped out. Have a watch:

When the Bretonnia DLC launches free next Tuesday, February 28th, it’ll bring them overhauled and expanded to the Grand Campaign. They’re boasting three new Legendary Lords, new heroes, extra units, and a little Bretonnian flair.

Bretonnia being so into chivalry, they get it as a unique mechanic. The DLC’s Steam page explains:

“As you perform certain actions, such as winning heroic victories in battle and completing quest chains, your chivalry rises, bringing with it benefits such as higher control (keeping your peasant population content and pliant), bonus unit experience and a reduction in corruption. Other actions, such as warring with other Bretonnian factions and sacking settlements, can reduce your chivalry. Low chivalry levels bring negative factors to your campaign, such as reduced Control and army Leadership. In extremis, this can contribute to rebellions across your provinces.”

High chivalry also lets lords temporarily summon the Green Knight to rumble, and takes the Bretonnia campaign towards its endgame battle of The Errantry War.

The Lady of The Lake watches over ’em too. Sega explain, “Any Lord and his attendant army who achieve a Heroic Victory in battle will receive The Blessing of The Lady, and will thenceforth receive a Ward Save for future battles.”

Their economy has a few quirks too, being built upon peasants.

The DLC is due to officially launch free alongside a new Total Warhammer boxed edition on Tuesday but — shhh! — Sega will give it a day early to players who sign up for Total War Access. Don’t tell Ian GameStop!

23 Comments

  1. Kefren says:

    Why is there a Monty Python fakehorse at 1:26? Is that a super unit, seeking the grail?

    • Ghostwise says:

      Ah yes, easy mistake to make. It’s actually 12 cats pretending to be two guys pretending to be one horse.

      Misdirection on the battlefield, y’see.

    • IvayloK says:

      It’s actually battle pilgrims and a grail reliquae: link to warhammerfantasy.wikia.com

      • tormos says:

        grail pilgrims are one of the little lore touches that Warhammer Fantasy does incredibly well. Grail knights are the epitome of martial prowess and nobility that humans can achieve in the Warhammer World, blessed personally by the Lady of the Lake herself. So what do you do if you’re a shit reeking peasant and one comes to your village? Obviously you pick up stakes and follow him wherever he goes. If he drops something like, say, an apple core? Add it to the pile of blessed relics. If he tries to encourage you to leave? A blessed one just acknowledged you! You must increase your devotion twofold! He dies on the field of battle? Better rescue his corpse to cart around with you in the future. What’s that, he’s fallen but he’s not quite dead? Don’t worry, he’ll be crushed soon under the weight of relic scavenging pilgrims!

    • SaintAn says:

      Most of Warhammer is inspired by or a parody of other things. Bretonnia is heavily King Arthur themed so it makes sense they’d have some stuff from that Monty Python movie with their own twist. The Bretonnian tower artillery also occasionally shoots cows at siegers too.

    • MiniMatt says:

      “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!”

  2. Anti-Skub says:

    Thank you for using it’s correct name.

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      N'Al says:

      Thank you for misspelling its. ;-)

    • HothMonster says:

      I prefer “Total: War:Hammer”

      • exile2k4 says:

        Personally I prefer spacing it out slightly, so it’s more like “Total war-war hammer”, a bit like a wah-wah pedal.

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    phuzz says:

    Weirdly this reminds me of Touissante from the Witcher 3 DLC.
    Many of the same bits of folklore being mined I guess.

    • RedViv says:

      They’re oddly similar in spirit, yeah. Two explorations of fantasy tropes and medieval folklore, with one being subtle and weird, while the other is dramatic and loud. Both are quite good.

      • Ghostwise says:

        These tropes have a specific cultural origin, though. But they have since been commoditized to death, so this ain’t a terribly important point anymore.

    • Meneldil says:

      Both are based on a fantasy-version of medieval France. French names, heavy emphasis on chivarly and everything knight-related (two things France was known for), with a tad of Arthurian myth (who, despite taking place in Britain, was established by french authors from the middle age).

  4. Michael Fogg says:

    It looks like a Heroes of Might & Magic crossover.

  5. RedViv says:

    WHERE is STRONG-TOUGH faction, hmm-hmm? Surface man-things already in. Unacceptable. Quick-quick, we have them die-die.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      I believe Bretonnia is the last faction for this game. However, there will be two companion games and if you have two or all three their contents will combine. So you’ll have to wait a bit for your ratmen.

  6. SaintAn says:

    And the Green Knight is the first unit of the new Legendary Hero system!

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    Nauallis says:

    Giant bats provided by Boston Dynamics!

  8. Meneldil says:

    As a frog-eater, colour me excited at the prospect of leading a bunch of valorous kinighits with heavy a french accent in a glorious charge against whatever they deem evil.

  9. lglethal says:

    I will only be happy if the Bretonnians use Monty Python quotes in the Diplomacy screen – “Your mother was a hamster, and your father smells of elderberry!”, “Go away little man, or I will insult you a second time!”, “I fart in your general direction!”

    :P

  10. Doctor Pandafaust says:

    I have been meaning to get into Total War for ages but never found the time to give it a good go. Tempted to give this one a try – i already have a pre-existing interest in the warhammer universe and so it may be a good way to jump in.

    Was wondering if anyone know from previous experience with the publisher whether it is realistic to wait for a game of the year edition in the next year or two?

    • kirito says:

      Hi I know it’s late to reply but here’s my thoughts for you:

      The DLC is not really necessary to enjoy the game. It mostly offers alternative starts and factions, but if you don’t like the faction, you shouldn’t buy it. You can still fight factions you don’t own anyway.

      It’s on sale for USD $12 at Humble right now, so if you’re gonna buy, now’s the time.