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Creative Assembly and SEGA have announced the massive Total War: WARHAMMER III 2.0 patch which comes along with a Beta version of Immortal Empires. ICYMI: check out our previous review from BTRE.

The Immortal Empires Beta is a new grand-scale campaign mode for Total War: WARHAMMER III. If you own all three games in the series, it's free. It brings together the Legendary Lords, gameplay mechanics, war units and much more from across the trilogy into one colossal mode.

"Immortal Empires represents the world-encompassing vision we've been aiming towards since we first partnered with Games Workshop, and it's great to see that become a reality". Said DLC Director, Richard Aldridge. "It's the most ambitious game mode we've ever worked on and will usher in years of post-release content for Total War: WARHAMMER III".

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You will also find the Champions of Chaos launch today as well that contains:

  • Four New Warriors of Chaos Legendary Lords: The Champions of Chaos have risen through the ranks thanks to their infamous deeds to become the favoured of the four Dark Gods, they are; Valkia the Bloody, the deadly but daemonic consort of Khorne. Festus the Leechlord, the deranged plague-doctor of Nurgle. Azazel, Prince of Damnation, the ecstatic heir of Slaanesh. Vilitch the Curseling, the conjoined sorcerer-twin of Tzeentch.  
  • A New Campaign Experience: In the ancient arena-city of Zanbaijin, the servants of the Chaos gods have clashed for millennia and the souls of those who fall in battle are sealed within the Altar of Battle. As a Champion of Chaos, you must earn the gaze of your master through bloodshed and ritual before taking the arcane power as your own. From there, the true test awaits.
  • Over Fifty New Units: Charging into bloodthirsty combat alongside their Champions is diverse host of battlefield units, including the Warshrine of Chaos which bestows terrible gifts upon those who make the appropriate sacrifice, Chaos Knights who ride as a wall of blades and spiked armor to crash through the enemy ranks in an explosion of torn flesh, and the Chosen, an ironclad group of elite slaughterers who form the inner circle of their lord's warband.
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For those of you sticking with the Native Linux version port done by Feral Interactive, I spoke with them today about when to expect all this in the port and they said this:

All of the Update 2.0 content, including the Immortal Empires beta and the Champions of Chaos and Blood for the Blood God III DLCs, will be made available on Linux as soon as possible.

Please bear in mind that this update brings a huge amount of new content and significant code changes, all of which need to be incorporated into and tested in the Linux version before release.

Also not to be missed is the new Blood for the Blood God III DLC, a very gory effects-pack, that's free if you picked up the pack for the previous two games. It adds in blood spurts, limb and head dismemberment, blood-drenched UI elements, global campaign events that generate greater carnage in battle, and much more.

You can grab Total War: Warhammer III on Humble Store and Steam.

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The hype is real. I sincerely hope this update turns around the initial reception of the game, this is one of the last remaining "big" games that still maintain a native build.
LungDrago 23 Aug
Tried to run the Proton version and well, it doesn't really work for me sadly. The load into the Immortal Empires campaign takes ages (and I just killed my Windows install to make room on my SDD for this, hah) and then either crashes or loads in successfully but crashes after I do a few actions on the campaign map. I hear the native version is much better performance-wise but crucially AFAIK, there is no crossplay between it and Windows, which makes the native version useless to me.
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Quoting: LungDragoTried to run the Proton version and well, it doesn't really work for me sadly. The load into the Immortal Empires campaign takes ages (and I just killed my Windows install to make room on my SDD for this, hah) and then either crashes or loads in successfully but crashes after I do a few actions on the campaign map. I hear the native version is much better performance-wise but crucially AFAIK, there is no crossplay between it and Windows, which makes the native version useless to me.

Oh well... on the bright side, your profile photo reminds me that Heroes3 has still a big community, all kinds of organized leagues and g-damnn HOT SEAT mode.
amatai 24 Aug
Feral port was very good so I would wait for them to port the update. It is not as if I did not have others games in my steam library for the wait....
Zlopez 24 Aug
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I need to try it on the Steam Deck, it's officially unsupported, but this doesn't mean it couldn't be played. Or try it using Steam Link.
Quoting: ElamanOpiskelijaThe hype is real. I sincerely hope this update turns around the initial reception of the game, this is one of the last remaining "big" games that still maintain a native build.

If it does, I hope to hear a signal from within the community -- I've held off but would welcome a change of tides, fingers crossed but expectations in check.
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Quoting: ElectricPrism
Quoting: ElamanOpiskelijaThe hype is real. I sincerely hope this update turns around the initial reception of the game, this is one of the last remaining "big" games that still maintain a native build.

If it does, I hope to hear a signal from within the community -- I've held off but would welcome a change of tides, fingers crossed but expectations in check.

If we accept the Steam players as a signal, the hype certainly is real. This is right now one of the most played games on Steam, and it seems that the player count is not falling down as quickly as Stray (if at all). Reviews are also turning around quite quickly with statements such as "best strategy game ever made".

It made me look up and inform myself on what "Mortal Empires" even is, and I must admit it's pretty crazy and ambitious idea. So yes, if you have the money, and the thousands of hours of free time, one can absolutely live in this game for the next 4 years.
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