Total War: Warhammer 3 is getting Kislev and Cathay factions with Games Workshop guidance

Total War Warhammer 3 Katarin
Total War Warhammer 3 Katarin (Image credit: Sega (screenshot))

What you need to know

  • Total War: Warhammer 3 is an upcoming strategy game being developed by Creative Assembly.
  • The game features six new factions, including the icy kingdom of Kislev and the eastern empire of Cathay.
  • To flesh out these factions, Creative Assembly is working closely with the Warhammer creators at Games Workshop.

Total War: Warhammer 3 from Sega and Creative Assembly introduces six new factions. While the Chaos Gods — Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh and Tzeentch — are well represented in the tabletop figures and lore created by Games Workshop, the other factions of Kislev and Cathay are much more limited in presence.

There's some Kislev figures and worldbuilding to pull from but nowhere near enough to provide a complete roster and faction without some heavy work on Creative Assembly's part. Meanwhile, Cathay has long been shrouded in myth, with only the tiniest bits of information on this mysterious empire. To solve this issue, Creative Assembly is working directly with the Warhammer creators at Games Workshop to flesh out both kingdoms.

You can listen to Andy Hoare and Mark Bedford of the Warhammer Old World studio project talk about this process in a new video below.

Hoare mentions that the team starts broad before narrowing down the different concepts, with Bedford adding that designing the Kislev army has been a "real joy."

Total War: Warhammer 3 is currently slated to arrive sometime in late 2021 for PC. In addition to the six factions currently revealed, there's a new Race Pack for Total War: Warhammer 3 that'll be free for anyone who preorders the game. While The Twisted and the Twilight pack was added to Total War: Warhammer 2 a couple of months ago, at least one more DLC pack is releasing for that game before Creative Assembly moves on completely.

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