‘Total War: Three Kingdoms’ takes strategy series to ancient China

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"Total War: Three Kingdoms" will arrive in September. (Total War)

Video game developer Creative Assembly has announced that its next project will be a new installment to the popular historical epic strategy game series, “Total War.” Dubbed “Total War: Three Kingdoms,” the upcoming game will take place in ancient China and will simulate the battles that occurred in the turbulent years before the fall of the Han Dynasty.

This is the first time that “Total War” will take place in China, following previous titles that were set in ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, and feudal Japan. The timing of the project also seems on point, as the PC gaming platform Steam is currently enjoying increasing popularity in China.

This is great news for fans of “Total War” who have been eagerly waiting for the series to return to its historical roots. In recent years, Creative Assembly has been releasing “Warhammer” titles that, instead of relying on history, revolved around fantastical events.

The “Total War” video game series combines real-time combat with grand strategy, with an overarching narrative based on historical events. Its story will be based on the classic Chinese historical novels “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” “Total War: Three Kingdoms” will be set in the year 190 CE, shortly before the end of the Han Dynasty.

“The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor, who is a mere puppet for the tyrant Dong Zhuo,” reads Creative Assembly‚Äôs official game description. “The brutal and oppressive regime’s power grows as the empire slips further into anarchy. Yet hope blossoms in the form of three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of calamity. Warlords of great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. The future of China will be shaped by their hands, but personal ambition threatens their already crumbling alliance.”

“Total War: Three Kingdoms” is expected to arrive on PC in September.