The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is probably the most heralded epic relating to China’s history known the world around. It seems long overdue that Creative Assembly and Sega would finally focus a mainline Total War game around the Wu, Shu and Wei factions following the dissolution of the Han Dynasty.
A lot of gamers have been asking for more historical games based around cultures and regions that have not been covered by the Total War franchise. It makes sense that the U.K., based development studio would focus much of their attention to detail around European history, but they did branch out every once in a while with games like Total War: Shogun and Total War: Atilla. This upcoming entry, Total War: Three Kingdoms, takes the romantic approach to depicting China’s most famous era, spotlighting the heroes of the Three Kingdoms in a sparkling new cinematic trailer that you can view below.
The cinematic trailer starts in bombastic fashion, featuring two minutes of visually dynamic portraits and a setup for the three kingdoms to clash.
We see Zhuge Liang, Guan Yu, and Lieu Bei, among many others, spotlighted in the trailer as the heroes of their faction, along with a brief look at the seemingly indomitable Lu Bu.
The feedback from the community is quite positive and many are wondering whether the game will follow historical fiction and romanticize the Three Kingdoms, or if it will be more accurate to what actually happened during that burgeoning time in China.
Some of the gamers are worried about the fantasy elements, and if it will be like an RTS version of Koei Tecmo and Omega Force’s Dynasty Warriors games, which go the pure over-the-top route that mimics the larger-than-life heroism depicted of the generals and key officers in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel.
Some Chinese fans are just happy that Creative Assembly is paying mind to Chinese culture, especially given that it’s the largest and most lucrative video game market in the world right now. Sega could be hitting a HUGE pay day with the release of this game in China, because if it’s done right not only will they have the standard RTS base supporting them but a whole new generation of Chinese gamers as well, and we’ve seen just how well that’s worked out for PUBG Corporation with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The wait time is long, though. Don’t expect to see Total War: Three Kingdoms arrive on Steam until fall of 2018. In the meantime you can add Total War: Three Kingdoms to your wishlist by visiting the Steam store page.