This Thursday the latest patch 2.4 of the fantasy strategy game Total War Warhammer 3 went online. Not only does it end the beta status that Immortal Empires has held since its release in September 2022, it also opens up the massive sandbox campaign to all Total War Warhammer III-only players. Previously, the mode, which connects all parts of the vast Warhammer world, could only be used by players who own all three Total War Warhammer games. A move timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the fantasy epic that has long been requested by fans and reflects the big plans developer Creative Assembly has for 2023.
Contents of the new patch
The biggest change of the new patch is that from now on it is enough to own Total War Warhammer III to play Immortal Empires. In this case, players in the grand campaign will have access to the playable factions from the main Warhammer III game:
- Great Empire of Cathay
- chaos demons
- ogre kingdoms
The remaining 15 available factions can be obtained either by purchasing the previous titles Total War Warhammer I and II, or in the form of separate DLC packs. As long as players only own the third part of the series, the other powers are controlled by the AI.
In addition to being open to all Warhammer III owners, the new patch also offers other changes. The fallen dwarven fortress Karak Eight Peaks now offers ten building slots even when occupied by the Skaven. Malus Darkblade’s quest battle for the Warp Sword of Khaine now takes place in the Chaos Wastes, much closer to the Dark Elf’s starting location.
In addition, garrisons are no longer considered reinforcements, but instead join a battle right at the start. Furthermore, some bugs have been fixed, for example the quest battles of Drycha and Tyrion, which have been problematic for a long time. You can find the full patch notes on the Total War website.
Long absence ended
The patch ends a period in which the developers of TW Warhammer III have been holding back information for a long time – much to the displeasure of their own community. Since the release of the Immortal Empires campaign in September 2022, the game had been in beta status and CA had asked players to document bugs and improvement requests.
Apart from some small fixes in November 2022, there had been no new content for the popular fantasy game since the Champions of Chaos DLC in August. Some players even speculated that support for the game would be discontinued.
Big plans for 2023
It was not until February 8, 2023 that Game Director Rich Aldridge spoke up via YouTube video, addressing fans’ concerns and giving an update on CA’s plans for 2023. “It’s been a while since we last gave you news and talked to you guys and I know how frustrating that must be,” he said.
Total War Warhammer III is set to receive three DLCs this year – the first in April. References such as quotes in the loading screen have long suggested that this could be the race of the Chaos Dwarves – the Chaos Magic-corrupted cousins of the dwarves who live in the Badlands, a region between the Worlds Edge Mountains to the west and the Sorrowing Mountains of the Ogres in the East.
The latest Warhammer III trailer now seems to confirm this assumption, as at the end we see a short sequence of a mine being worked on – supervised by a person with a diabolical laugh. Another DLC is planned for the summer, and a final one for the winter of 2023 – at least according to Aldridge.