ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Those who love video games will know the difficulties that often come while engaging with the art form in its current state. DLC packs, season passes, micro-transactions, pre-order bonuses, performance issues, and the removal of desired content is something that we've all had to get used to. It's just a shame when it comes to franchises as old and respected as Total War, that these issues still persist.

Recent developments have made fans fairly unhappy with how SEGA and The Creative Assembly have handled their upcoming release of Total War: Warhammer. Unfortunately, the game has been indicative of the worst of modern gaming and we'd love to get your opinion on the state of Total War after Rome 2 and Attila, and whether you're excited for the release date of [Total War: Warhammer](tag:3627632).

Total War: Warhammer & The State of Modern Gaming

Total War: Warhammer
Total War: Warhammer

One of the biggest issues that fans have had with Total War: Warhammer comes in the form of its content that can only be obtained through pre-ordering the strategy game. Fans have become livid over the announcement, and The Creative Assembly have actually expressed surprise over the reaction:

We thought we’d done well. Maybe there is a better solution - we’re listening to all suggestions for the future. Maybe pre-orders are becoming so toxic they will stop working altogether. You’d hope not though, as it quite simply means those incentives will end up just being paid DLC after launch.
Pre-orders create buzz, improve sales and give the whole studio confidence in what we’re doing. They genuinely let us give you something for nothing, and you can’t lose – if you aren’t happy with the final game, you should explore your refund rights. Even if you don’t pre-order, you get Chaos as an AI opponent. - Creative Director Mike Simpson

Pre Order Incentives, Factions & Mod Support

Total War: Warhammer
Total War: Warhammer

What The Creative Assembly have failed to realize is simple: this situation sucks. Warhammer doesn't have very many factions as it currently stands, and according to the responses from The Creative Assembly staff members, one of the best factions in the game was designed to be locked away from the beginning. It was either going to be a pre order bonus, or DLC further down the line. Players are understandably unhappy.

Aside from this controversy, we've also seen that - in order to protect the Warhammer IP - mod support has been removed from the upcoming game. Mods are an important aspect of the Total War franchise and this feature has made some of the installments enjoy years of success following their release. Thus, Total War: Warhammer hasn't been enjoying the best of reputations prior to its release date.

Total War: Warhammer
Total War: Warhammer

It's hard to love modern gaming sometimes. Some of the practices that publishers and developers have adopted are pissing us all off on a regular basis, and we'd love to know how you feel about everything. Mod support, pre order incentives, the factions locked away in Warhammer, where do you stand? Let us know in the comments!


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