Total War Warhammer III’s next update will include the hotly anticipated Immortal Empires beta. Total War Warhammer Immortal Empires is the final part of the project that began with Total War Warhammer I. It will combine the world maps from all of the trilogy and allow you to play any faction you have access to. Immortal Empires will however have very large shoes to fill as it is set to replace Warhammer 2’s Mortal Empires. In this article we will explore the map, factions and changes as we prepare for it’s immanent release.
Immortal Empires Beta – Map
The Immortal Empires beta map is absolutely massive! There are roughly 150 provinces, split into 533 regions for you to conquer on your quest for dominance. These will have varying climates that will affect how easy it is for your faction to settle in the area. The less suitable a climate, the more public order problems and penalties to growth and replenishment you will suffer. Specific settlements will have landmarks too, offering either unique buildings that offer buffs or unique resources for trade.
Due to the enormous size of the Immortal Empires map sea lanes have been introduced to speed up navigation. Back in Warhammer 2 it could take 10+ turns to move across the world, making it harder to defend remote outposts. To resolve this issue with the even larger map there are specific points that allow you to teleport across the map! These are called sea lanes and are one of the best innovations seen in Immortal Empires. Short campaign victories have been streamlined too as Creative Assembly noticed many players didn’t complete campaigns. This should help campaigns not take as many turns or as much time, 300+ turns for a victory isn’t fun when you’re so far ahead of the AI.
Immortal Empires Beta – Starting Locations
Starting locations in Immortal Empires have been quite well handled. While some outliers (like Grombrindal) are very far from home many are exactly where you’d expect them to be. Some Lords have been moved from their Warhammer 2 locations but this was usually because of harder than intended starts. For example the Southern Lustrian jungle isn’t as packed with Legendary Lords as before. This might mean poor Lord Skrolk has a chance to make it past turn 40 without being wiped out by angry Lizardmen!
There are some more curious decisions like only two of the Elf factions being on Ulthuan but it does make sense. Creative Assembly have hinted that they wanted more diversity in who you are fighting early game. Moving some Lords to none-traditional areas will certainly help this, especially when you won’t encounter some factions until late-game. There are still some difficult regions though, like the Badlands which has over 14 Legendary Lords fighting over a relatively small area. Creative Assembly will resolve these issues eventually but as the ‘Beta’ tag eludes to this is a work in progress.
Immortal Empires Beta – Faction Changes
The Warriors of Chaos are getting a full faction rework alongside this release. This update is the first real time anything has been done with the faction since the original game launched. Warriors of Chaos are changing from a horde faction to a regular settled faction, supported by vassals. Recruiting is determined by local corruption and replenishes slowly over time. You can also only recruit basic troops, then using a special currency to upgrade them into more powerful units. They are also getting four new legendary Lords (one for each God) in the DLC that is releasing simultaneously with Immortal Empires.
Other factions are also getting minor reworks and tweaks to make them work with the changes between Warhammer II and III. Some factions (like the Wood Elves) benefitted massively on higher difficulties, with the Warhammer III supply line changes allowing you to field more armies. Others like the High and Dark Elves have actually been hurt by changes, with massive nerfs to their economy! I think though the weakened factions will get rebalanced or reworked as time goes on. Dwarves, Vampires, Wood Elves and Beastmen all got solid and well received reworks during Warhammer II’s development cycle.
Immortal Empires Beta – Conclusion
Immortal Empires is shaping up to be a fantastic conclusion to the Total War Warhammer trilogy. It’s a shame the game didn’t release with the combined campaign but it’s not as simple as copy and pasting the code! I just wish the Realms of Chaos campaign released in their current state (3 quality of life patches later) when it launched back in February. Saying that I do think Creative Assembly have learned a few lessons with the new DLC playing on the Realms of Chaos map being set after the standard campaign. This isn’t going to be an easy process but I do think they will eventually tempt players back.
Now you’ve read about it and are maybe interested in giving the game a go/another shot let’s answer a few questions. When does Immortal Empires release? Immortal Empires releases on Tuesday 23rd of August. Is Immortal Empires free? Yes if you already own Warhammer III it’s a completely free update. The other question is do you need all 3 games to play Immortal Empires? NO! Unlike Warhammer II’s Mortal Empires only the current version of the game is required with a caveat. That caveat is you can only play as factions from games you’ve bought, that includes DLC factions for previous games. Similarly the Warriors of Chaos rework is free but only if you either buy the new Warriors of Chaos DLC and/or if you own the original Warhammer I DLC.
The Immortal Empires update is being treated by Creative Assembly as a soft-relaunch. There have been as many trailers and gameplay showcases as there were for the game’s initial release back in February. This is pretty important because a vast majority of the community rejected the Realms of Chaos campaign for being repetitive and frustrating. The more sandbox nature of Immortal Empires certainly helped but there were just inherent flaws in Realms of Chaos that couldn’t be easily overcome.
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