Creative Assembly has been making Total War games since 2000. Until now, they’ve all focused on historical eras. From 14th century Japan to the early modern period of the 18th century.
The developer is now tackling the fantasy genre with Total War: WARHAMMER. In their latest trailer, we see Dwarfen High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer with his hands full as the Greenskins bring the battle to the Dwarfen capital Karaz-A-Karak.
We get a good look at Dwarfen artillery and ground forces in the brief battle shown. The battle is capped off with a squadron of gyrocopters joining the fray.
In a previous video, Creative Assembly describes the dwarfs as “although short, they are powerfully built, strong and accomplished fighters.” One of the challenges for the animators at Creative Assembly is “evoking that feeling of bundled strength, like a coiled spring unleashed.” Here’s a more in-depth look at the design of the dwarfen units.
A note about the in-engine cinematic
We see a lot of this in the gaming industry. Gaming trailers can be anything from in-game footage to cinematic trailers and in-engine cinematics.
Creative Assembly goes the extra mile with a Wiki describing what each trailer is. The first trailer is labeled as an in-engine cinematic. From the Wiki page:
The video uses Development in Progress in-game assets and code as a basis for a video shot with cinematic camera techniques to create movie-like footage. This is representative of the themes and general look and feel of the game, but it is not the direct in-game experience you will get when you are physically playing the final game.
It’s not quite in-game graphics, but it’s the direction Creative Assembly is trying to go towards. The Battle of Black Fire Pass Developer Walkthrough is what the gameplay looks like right now.
Remember, this footage is pre-alpha. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Creative Assembly hasn’t mentioned a specific release date for Total War: WARHAMMER outside of 2016.
Creative Assembly is going to have a busy year in front of them. WARHAMMER and Halo Wars 2 in 2016? It’s going to be a great year for RTS fans.