It feels like only yesterday that Creative Assembly's Total War: Warhammer, based on Games Workshop's mammoth franchise, was released. In fact, it was less than a year ago. Yet, here we are, with publisher Sega announcing a sequel is under development. There's no release date, just that it'll be this year, though we do have a trailer.
Unsurprisingly, it's cinematic-only, so anyone hoping for gameplay will be disappointed. That said, I can't imagine the game playing much differently from the first title.
What will be new is the campaign, maps and playable races:
In a Total War campaign like no other, players will struggle for dominion over the ailing Great Vortex that has swirled for millennia above the elven homeland of Ulthuan. Performing a series of arcane rituals, each race must save or disrupt the Vortex according to their motivations — a struggle culminating in a cataclysmic endgame.
The initial release will feature the High Elves, Dark Elves, Lizardmen and a "a fourth [race], yet to be revealed...". However, given what we see at the end of the announcement trailer, my bet is on the Skaven.
Owners of Total War: Warhammer have something to look forward to... if you buy the second game:
Furthermore, a huge combined campaign map featuring the old and new world regions will be available for free shortly after release to players who own both Total War: WARHAMMER I & II.
In addition, you'll be able to play the campaign using all the races.
A Steam page is already up for the game, though it's information-light for the moment. Feel free to wishlist it though.