Posts Tagged ‘The Creative Assembly’

Total War: Warhammer Suffers Server Issues At Launch

Unless you’be been living under a rock for the past year and a bit, I’m sure you’re aware that Total War: Warhammer [official site] is A Thing That Exists. Yup, The Creative Assembly’s adaptation of Games Workshop’s warworld has grabbed the headlines via its multitude of trailers, DLC controversy, and is by all means is a pretty good game and faithful crossover. That is, if you’re able to play it.

It launched today, see, yet hundreds of players have been unable to take to its orc-infested battlegrounds as a result of crashes and server issues. Sega have since responded with a statement and suggestions on how to get it sorted.

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Stick Your Head Inside Total Warhammer Launch Trailer

The launch trailer for War of the Hammers: Hammer War – Total Warhammer [official site] has arrived ahead of its release tomorrow. By the power of dark chaos magicks, it’s a 360° “interactive” sort of a doodad, which means you can spin the view around to admire different bits of the war: the hammers etc. It’ll tell you far less about the game than reading Rob Zacny’s review [smooth plug -#content ed.] but hey, haven’t you always wanted to stick your head inside a Total Hammer War? Here, have a go:

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Wot I Think: Total War: Warhammer

Watching the Greenskins approach from a dusty brown hilltop with the remnants of the High King’s great Dwarven army, I knew I was probably going to lose this battle and, with it, the entire Blood River Valley that I’d spent most of my game trying to conquer. I’d already defeated three other Orc armies in the last two turns, but this made one unstoppable horde too many. Hours of effort and progress were about to be erased as my greatest army was swamped by the seemingly endless tide of Greenskins.

I was thrilled: this kind of heroic, doomed slaughter is what I signed up for with Total War: Warhammer.

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Reforged: Total War – Warhammer Mod Support

Total War: Warhammer [official site] is so close now that I didn’t expect any more announcements that would catch my attention before release, but developers Creative Assembly have just announced that they’ll be including robust modding support for their fantasy battler.

Though it was announced previously that the title would not benefit from official mod and Workshop support, CA and Games Workshop have been working away on the paperwork to make this much-demanded fan feature a reality.

At launch, there’ll be full Steam Workshop support for browsing and managing mods, as access to the Assembly Kit used in previous Total War titles and “the Database Editor and BOB for modifying and exporting database tables and campaign start positions”. Further support, including battle map editing, is planned for later in the year.

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Total Warhammer Chaos Faction Free For First Week Post-Release

News reaches us that Total War: Warhammer’s [official site] Chaos faction will be available for free during the first week post-launch. Previously, the faction were only offered for free to those who pre-ordered, a policy which we grumbled about. Now you’ll at least be able to read reviews and reactions before making a decision to spend your hard-earned without missing out on the free faction offer. There’s more footage of Chaos in action below, featuring the biggest hammer I’ve ever seen.

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Rule Bretonnia: Total War – Warhammer

Sega confirmed today that the chivalric knights of Bretonnia will be represented in Total War: Warhammer [official site] at launch. Although the faction won’t be playable in the campaign, you’ll be able to use Bretonnian armies in one-off battles, against either the AI or a human friend/foe. Those armies will include fearsome cavalry, including flying cavalry in the form of pegasus knights, as well as powerful artillery support in the form of trebuchets. Below, you’ll find a full length video of a Bretonnian city besieged by an undead army.

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Total Warcraft: Hammers Offers Zone News, I Think

I have been tasked with writing another article about the Total Warcraft: Hammers [official site] expansion.

I’m not really sure of the franchise what with not playing it myself but I’m prepared to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in. Like Winnie the Pooh in Rabbit’s doorway.

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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.

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Blood And Bones: Total War – Warhammer Chaos Battle

The latest Total War: Warhammer [official site] video shows a Chaos army in battle for the first time. They’re cutting, gouging, biting and burning their way through an army led by Emperor Karl Franz, controlled by a member of the development team who provides commentary throughout. The first few minutes of the video are a guided tour of the two armies, with some lovely close-ups of horrible units. The Chaos Giant is a grotesque delight but the bulbous flesh sacs hanging off the back of the Hellcannon are the real highlight. I won’t spoil the ending, as you can watch the fight in full below.

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Total War: Warhammer – Meet Vargheists, Terrorgheists

Look, I’m not going to even try to pretend I know anything about Warhammer but I know people are Interested and thus I am bringing you videos about “Vargheists” and “Terrorgheists” from the upcoming Total War: Warhammer [official site] game. Think of me as a friendly postwoman, arriving with a package of winged terrors that someone else wanted to send you.

Sign here please.

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Corpse Campaign: Total Warhammer Vampire Counts

Total War: Warhammer [official site] is creeping closer to release like a stealth Nosferatu. May 24th is launch day and today we’ve got latest in a series of campaign videos that show how the different factions will approach the game’s strategic layer. This time up, it’s the Vampire Counts and their undead minions. I’ve dabbled in vampiric arithmetic leadership myself and now you can see how an official dev commentary walkthrough compares to my write-up.

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F2P Total War Battles: Kingdom Trundles Out Of Beta

Y’know those free-to-play games where you build kingdoms and armies and have simple battles and spend a lot of time waiting for buildings to complete while the game gently but insistently urges you to spend real money to speed it all up? Total War Battles: Kingdom [official site] is very much one of them. After a year in open beta testing, The Creative Assembly have properly launched their Come-Play-My-Lord ’em up free-to-play on PC and all those pocket telephones. It’s not a Total War game at all, beyond the name, but maybe you enjoy that sort of playing discretely, my lord?

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Hands On With Total War: Warhammer’s Vampire Counts

Bleached white bone is the new black, undead immortality is the new 30 and death is the life of the party. Playing as Total War: Warhammer’s undead faction, the Vampire Counts, injects some fresh mechanics into the long-running strategy series’ blood and provides plenty of evidence that this will be far more than a fantasy paintjob applied to well-worn rules and mechanics.

There are two main reasons for my newfound faith: the ability to resurrect the fallen and the existence of giant flying monstrosities that eat archers for breakfast. Welcome to Sylvania, the rotten heart of the Old World.

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Creative Assembly GameJam Returns To EGX Rezzed

The Creative Assembly Gamejam is returning to EGX Rezzed. On the Friday of the show, April 8th, teams of developers will work all day making games, and those games will then be judged by a panel of experts on Saturday during a developer session. The jam is open to amateur and professional alike, and if you’re interested you can register to take part over here.

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Total Warhammer’s Vampire Counts Debuted In Trailer

Total War: Warhammer Vampire Counts

Warhammer understands how to do vampires: not with glittering skin, conditioned hair and smart high street dress sense, but with unwieldy jagged armour, sharp weapons and general all-round evilness. The latest Total War: Warhammer [official site] in-engine cinematic unveils the Vampire Counts, the final and as-yet unseen playable race in The Creative Assembly’s adaptation of Games Workshop’s war-a-thon, which is due for release in May.

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Total War: Warhammer Delayed, Now Out May

Creative Assembly and Sega have announced a delay to Total War: Warhammer [official site]. It’s not a very long delay – from April 28th to May 24th – and the reasoning behind the extra development time makes sense. Mike Simpson, Total War Creative Director, says the studio doesn’t want to “rush” toward release:

“This could be the best Total War game we’ve ever made. We don’t want to rush it. It’s an enormous game and we also want to make absolutely sure reviewers have enough time to play it thoroughly before launch.”

Giving us reviewers time for a thorough analysis is hopefully a sign of confidence in the game’s intricacies. It’s not unheard of for strategy games to start well but to stumble as the end-game approaches, and Warhammer has the further complication of factions with wildly different goals and playstyles.

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Total Warhammer’s Dwarf Campaign Detailed In Trailer

The latest Total War: Warhammer [official site] campaign video shines a light on the proud, stubborn and vengeful Dwarves. Unlike the previous trailer, which examined how best to set up shop on the battlefield, this one kicks off 29 turns in and explores the minutiae of maintaining a war that’s well underway, not to mention why it’s important to keep the dwarf’s Great Book of Grudges in check.

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Here’s 13 Minutes Of Total Warhammer Battling

Total War: Warhammer [official site], The Creative Assembly’s adaptation of Games Workshop’s warworld, will be storming a virtual battlefield near you in less than two months’ time. Until then, below is an almost-13-minute look at some of the key battle mechanics you’ll want to get to grips in your quest to conquer the war zone.

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Total War: Attila – Slavic Nations Culture Pack Out Now

Since its release this time last year, Total War: Attila [offical site] has received no less than eight separate paid expansions. The Slavic Nations Culture Pack is the latest add-on to that list, which welcomes three new factions onto its battlefields. Also, a coinciding patch means owners of the base game will get the new Garamantians faction for free.

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The Imperial March: Total Warhammer Campaign Vid

The more I see of Total Warhammer [official site], the more I know that I’m going to struggle to resist its charms even if it’s an imperfect creation. The latest dev walkthrough shows an Empire campaign walkthrough, picking up at the 71st turn and giving an overview of various features, and a tour of the current worldstate. There are Vampires on the borders and Chaos is encroaching from the north.

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