We're now less than a month away from the launch of Total War: Three Kingdoms, and Creative Assembly rolled out another trailer that takes a closer look at the warlords that partook in one of the bloodiest periods in China's history.
At the same time, Three Kingdoms is one of the most romanticised periods in China's history, which is how Creative Assembly got the idea to begin with.
"The stage is set. The Han Empire crumbles, leaving a fractured China ripe for the picking, and twelve shrewd warlords ready to seize the opportunity. It's now up to you", the dev wrote.
To appease both romantics and history buffs, Total War: Three Kingdoms offers two modes.
The first one is called Romance, and it follows the events from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, while the second one is Records, a more historically accurate version aimed at more realistic playthroughs.
The sudden power vacuum left by the Han Dynasty and the unique geopolitical situation are a guarantee of no two playthroughs being the same though, leaving it to Total War: Three Kingdom players to choose their own path.
Each faction in Total War: Three Kingdoms encourages a different style of play, ranging from political schemes to military prowess, culminating with the tyrant , who is so conflict-oriented that his currency has been replaced with Intimidation.
The more you murder and pillage, the more Intimidation points you get. And, in spite of not being a currency, you can put Intimidation to use and force certain deals through.
Total War: Three Kingdoms is the thirteenth instalment in the longstanding franchise, and if we were superstitious we'd say the number jinxed it.
After all, Creative Assembly have delayed it on occasions, claiming that it was down to the "revolutionary features" and "new level of complexity", which required some more polishing. Hopefully, third time ends up being the charm.
Developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega, Total War: Three Kingdoms launches on 23 May 2019 for PC, Linux and Mac.