Total War: Warhammer 2’s Mortal Empires and Blood for the Blood God DLC is out today

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Total War: Warhammer’s Old World and New World are finally colliding in Mortal Empires today. If you own both Total War: Warhammer and Total War: Warhammer 2, you’ll be able to download the DLC for free, smooshing together an edited version of the landmasses from each game. That means you’ll be duking it out on a huge map with 35 leaders, 25 starting positions, 117 factions and 295 settlements. Crikey. These turn times are going to be long.

Also launching today is yer now traditional Total War blood pack, adding lots of gore to the game. It will be free if you already own the blood pack for the first Warhammer, but everyone else will need to purchase the DLC.

First off, Mortal Empires! It’s essentially a new grand campaign, but it combines both of the Warhammers into one stupidly large, war-torn map. The only faction not present is Norsca, as they were introduced into the first game after work on the DLC had already started. They’ll be added in a future update. Every subsequent faction and corresponding lords will also be added to Mortal Empires when they appear.

If you want to start a campaign in Mortal Empires, you’ll need to manually download it from Steam. It’s only a 713MB download, though. There’s a Mortal Empires patch (4.5GB), too, which fixes a number of bugs, including trade issues that arise from regions with multiple borders, and units dropping attack orders. Some settlements have also been given additional buildings, while tweaks have been made to the Skaven and Dark Elf loyalty system. Check out the full patch notes here.

The Blood for the Blood God effects pack will launch alongside Mortal Empires as a separate piece of DLC. It’s assumed that Sega and Creative Assembly sell these packs seperately because directly adding them or offering them completely for free would change the age rating of the game. It’s been a point of contention among players, yet this hasn’t stopped people from sacrificing their money to the Blood God.

Unfortunately, we can’t show you what the Blood for the Blood God DLC looks like until later today, but don’t fret, I have an excellent imagination and have produced some screenshots that I think you’ll agree look pretty spot-on. Enjoy.

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Crikey, that looks intense. That Blood God fella sure likes his blood.

You’ll be able to download both the Blood for the Blood God DLC and the Mortal Empires campaign from Steam later today.

13 Comments

  1. Zanchito says:

    Are you a time traveller from the future? Nothing appears on my Steam, why you must tease me so! Whould have told me the next lotto winning numbers instead.

    • Fraser Brown says:

      I am indeed from the future. Using my knowledge of the past (your imminent future) I can tell you that both Mortal Empires and the blood pack will be out later today.

  2. Horg says:

    The bug fixes to melee combat are what i’m most relieved to see, it was causing the lizardmen’s already good melee roster to massively over perform, and finding idle units in the melee scrum was infuriating.

    • Horg says:

      PSA: Mortal Empires isn’t added to your account automatically, and the steam client currently has a bug blocking you from adding it. Follow the link in this thread:

      link to reddit.com

      Through the steam store web browser you can add the DLC to your account, then just uncheck and recheck the DLC tick box, or restart steam, to acquire.

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    Drib says:

    Well I’m looking forward to orcing up the entire world.

  4. thehuw says:

    I still cannot for the life of me understand why they’re charging extra for blood. £2 is almost nothing, so I can’t see a business reason, even – why not just stick it in the options menu?

    • MGreyson says:

      As I understand it, it’s actually rather clever. It allows them to avoid an M rating. If the blood is optional, and paid for, it is reviewed and rated as its own DLC, not the base game. That’s also why they wait X amount of time after launch to release it, because otherwise it has to be submitted in the original ratings package.

      • Pilgore says:

        Yup, this. I was just about to say the same thing.

      • Hyena Grin says:

        While I have no doubt this is part of it, the fact that they don’t charge the absolute minimum price suggests to me it’s not just the rating, it’s also an excuse to make you buy something else from them.

        At least it’s free if you bought the previous one. Gotta give ’em some credit for that.

      • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

        That makes the DLC super risky: Khorne approves of your commitment to wanton slaughter and spilled blood; but using DLC to sneak past age ratings is either the sort of sneaky plotting that Tzeentch would do; or the sort of insidious corruption that is Slanesh’s gig.

        And Khorne is the sort of guy who likes his non-compete clauses short but gruesomely lethal.

      • SaintAn says:

        Actually, this is completely wrong and likely just PR made up to trick dumb people. It doesn’t say anywhere on the ESRB site that DLC has to cost money to be considered DLC. And another Sega series called Dawn of War 2 has blood DLC and it’s rated Mature already. So nonsense.

        Please don’t spread rumors and instead look into things before talking about them. Or better yet, don’t talk about things you don’t know anything about. You’re only making things worse for everyone the more people you infect with ignorance.

        • Mattsetback says:

          Surely the point was that Warhammer is *not* rated as Mature as a result of not having blood included as default?
          Also, blimey, try and make your point without the unnecessary rudeness please.

  5. Solidstate89 says:

    I took Friday off as a personal day and now I know what I’m doing this weekend.

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