What's going on in Total War: Warhammer 2 [official site]? Watch the "first in-engine trailer" released today and you'll learn that it's a vicious retelling of James Cameron's Avatar with lizards and elves replacing humans and smurfs. You'll also get a sense of how cute those lizards are, which is: very. Have a look below!
Here's the official blurb on what the Lizardman plan in Total Warhammer 2:
"It is time to march on the Fallen Gates. The Elf servants have blasphemed not just by leaving Ulthuan, but by daring to interfere with the Cosmic Gates – an ancient device that can open a portal into the Realm of Chaos. For such a heinous transgressions, the Elves must be punished as decreed by Mazdamundi, the Lord of the Solar City."
Interestingly, all factions in Twarhammer 2 are interested in the Great Vortex, a place of great power and danger. They each have a path to victory through it and, unusually for Total War, players can actually lose if their rivals achieve their goals first.
Twarhatwo will feature the Lizardmen, High Elves, Dark Elves, and a yet-unrevealed fourth faction who couldn't possibly be the Skaven because everyone knows Skaven aren't real. It's visiting different lands to the first game, though players who own both will be able to play on a campaign map combining the two.
The game is due out some time later this year.