The team at Creative Assembly continues its work on Total War: Warhammer, but it also wants to give fans a sneak peek at the game’s many races. Previous videos showed off the Greenskins (Orcs and Goblins) and the imperialistic Humans. Now, we take a look at the dwarven kingdoms.
Even though the Total War series is rooted in the idea of large-scale battles, players will need to maintain their sprawling empires by keeping its citizens happy, recruiting more units and growing funds. If you manage to capture all of the settlements in a single province, you can enact Commandments to provide certain bonuses for that area. This mechanic is similar to the Edicts issued in Total War: Rome II.
Another way to gain advantages both at home and on the battlefield is through technology research. Unlike other races in the game (yet similar to previous Total War games), the dwarven technology is made up of two main categories: The Way of the Guilds focuses on civic improvements, and The Way of the Clans will improve your combat units and tactics.
Defending The Homeland
In keeping with the Warhammer theme, various acts of aggression towards the dwarves are recorded in The Great Book of Grudges, and you can access this book at any time to see if there are any outstanding grudges against other races or factions. To eliminate these conflicts, you’ll have to complete certain objectives. Once completed, you’ll be rewarded with additional funds or bonuses to certain attributes.
It’s important to keep the number of current grudges to a minimum, because if it continues to rise, you’ll face decreasing confidence in your leadership, loss of public order and lowered reputation in diplomacy scenarios.
In addition to gaining experience and recruiting more units, the commanders of your armies can stand out from the crowd with their unique quests. These provide a series of objectives that reward certain items or abilities that make them a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.
Much To Do
Managing an empire can be difficult, especially in the Total War series. Total War: Warhammer continues that trend of empire management and warfare, but Creative Assembly wants to keep you busy with every turn of the game. As you continue your campaign, you’ll take more time to manage every aspect of your empire, such as maintaining cities, researching technology, continuing quests, and of course, waging battles.
It won’t be long until we get to try out this new fantasy world. Total War: Warhammer comes out next month, on April 28.