Total War: Warhammer 2 Guide - Release Date, PC Spec Requirements, All Races, Gameplay, Trailers - Everything we Know

Total War: Warhammer 2 Guide - Release Date, PC Spec Requirements, All Races, Gameplay, Trailers - Everything we Know

Here's all the info you need to prepare for Total War: Warhammer 2, including all the new races in the game, as well as the PC specs you'll need to run it.

In this Total War: Warhammer 2 guides hub page, we'll be running down all of the information we know for certain so far about the upcoming PC strategy game, including the release date, PC specs that you'll need to have in order to run the game, as well as a general overview of the different races you can play as in the game.

But firstly, what is the Total War series? It's a strategy game based on the tabletop Warhammer game from Games Workshop, in which players take to the battlefield with their collected armies, planning and scheming to outmaneuver their opponents in any way possible. The design of the game leaves it open for multiple, almost endless strategies, and the Total War series embodies these tactics of the original tabletop game.

Total War: Warhammer 2 Release Date

You'll be able to experience Total War: Warhammer 2 for yourself starting on September 28, 2017 worldwide, on Windows 10. However, if you either pre-order Warhammer 2 any time before it releases, or purchase it within a week after it releases on September 28, you'll get the bonus of the Norsca race, but only in the original Total War game. It's a slightly odd pre-order bonus, but the Norsca are slated to appear in Warhammer 2 at a later date.

As for other platform versions of Total War: Warhammer 2, while the developers haven't fully confirmed that the game could come to Linux and MAC, they have previously stated that plans for these versions of the game will be announced "later in the year".

Total War: Warhammer 2 Gameplay and Trailers

For those unfamiliar with the gameplay of the Total War series, it's effectively a turn based strategy game, one which you can play either online against your friends or players around the world, or take on in a single player campaign, with the goal of world domination for your selected faction.

Check out a preview of the single player campaign footage just below, from the point of view of the Dark Elves, one of the four playable races in Total War: Warhammer 2.

Speaking of different Warhammer 2 playable races, it was revealed earlier in the year that none of the factions that were playable in the orginal Total War game would be making a return in any capacity in the sequel. Instead, the Dark Elves, High Elves, Lizardmen, and Skaven would all feature throughout the game, the last of which was surprisingly revealed just a short while ago by the developers.

Take a look at the preview footage of the Skaven campaign that our sister site Eurogamer managed to go hands-on with earlier this year, as the ravenous hordes seek world domination in order to feed their insatiable hunger.

We'll run down each of the four playable races in Total War: Warhammer 2 just below:

  • Dark Elves - The vicious Dark Elves are in constant civil war with their High Elf counterparts, and they're set to use slaves as a currency in Warhammer 2. Head over to the Dark Elves roster to see which Legendary Lord is more suited to your play style.
  • High Elves - This ancient race are designed to be manipulators from behind the scenes, able to spend Influence that they've earned in order to dominate other factions, able to send warring sides into battle to weaken them both, before delivering the final blow. Check out the High Elves roster to see the kind of units you'll be using in late September.
  • Lizardmen - These unique beings are actually the oldest race in all of the Total War universe, and they can use a special army stance called Astromancy to see more of the map in a single battle. Make sure to check out the recently released Lizardmen roster in order to see the full list of units that this army employs.
  • Skaven - The fourth and final playable race in Total War: Warhammer 2, the Skaven are basically overgrown rats, forming a menacing horde that can strike fear into the heart of any opponent. The most recent of all the army lists, head over to the developer blog to see the Skaven roster for yourself.

Total War: Warhammer 2 Minimum PC Specs

Quite possibly the most vital of all information is whether or not your PC will actaully be able to run Warhammer 2, when it eventually releases near the end of September, 2017. Just below, you'll find the Total War: Warhammer 2 system requirements, both minimum and recommended versions.

Minimum (Expected 25-35FPS, 1280x720p resolution):

  • Operating System: Windows 7 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 4GB/5GB*
  • Install size: 60 GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 460 1GB | AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB | Intel HD4000 @ 720p (*PC integrated graphics chipsets, e.g. Intel HD series, will require 5GB system RAM)

Recommended (Expected 45-55FPS, 1920x1080 resolution):

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 3.20GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Install size: 60 GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB | AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB @1080P
The Lizardmen race of Total War: Warhammer 2.

Finally, although it's not essential for the game by any means, here's a quick rundown of all the system requirements you'll need in ordern to run Total War: Warhammer 2 at 60 frames per second consistently.

60FPS:

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Install size: 60 GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB

This is all the information we currently have on Total War: Warhammer 2, with less than a month now to go until the game releases worldwide, exclusively on the PC. Keep an eye on this guide page, as we'll be updating it with any new information we come across leading up to the release of the game.

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