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.
Up to now, we've seen the Dwarfs, the Greenskins and the Empire, and now its time for the Vampire Counts to sh- well, do a whole load of murdering in their hometown of Sylvania, a place devoid of sunshine.
Led to the battlefield by Mannfred von Carstein - which is a far more convincing vampire surname than Cullen, by the way - the vamps are out to claim the Old World as their own. The following trailer shows what sort of reception Empire Witch Hunters can expect from their blood-thirsty counterparts, and also offers a peak at the monstrosities that form those ranks, including bat-winged beasts, skeletons, the risen undead, and von Carstein's pet zombie dragon. Obviously. Check it out:
Here's The Creative Assembly with a bit more on the latest class:
"In the forsaken lands of Sylvania, the sun refuses to rise. Twisted, buckled trees and a windless mist herald the advance of a darkness that has haunted the nightmares of men for millennia. An unliving host advances, a tide of resurrected corpses, driven on by necromantic magic and the immortal will of their masters.
"Far from home, an Empire Witch Hunter seeking the source of this corruption will soon find that there are fates in the Old World far worse than death. The Vampire Counts have arisen, and today in this brand new in-engine trailer, they are unleashed."
If this tickles your fancy, an exclusive Vampire Counts battle will be streamed live today at 6:00pm PDT/1:00am GMT on the Total War Twitch channel.
Total War: Warhammer was recently delayed from April 28 to May 24 in order to give reviewers more time to draw their conclusions. If you'd like to draw your own, it's at EGX Rezzed at the beginning of April, as are RPS.