Total War: Warhammer III has been well received by gamers, although it has been heavily discounted in the Chinese market.
Total War: Warhammer III is now available, completing Creative Assembly’s trilogy of strategy titles that showcase Games Workshop’s universe of war games. The third part is a massive completion, promising hundreds of hours of gameplay for those willing to spend time and effort.
Whether you’re one of those who jumped in and bought the game at launch, or you got it on PC via Xbox Game Pass, you can get the Ogre Kingdoms DLC for free.
All you need to do is sign in or register, then request the DLC for your account from Total War: Access.
You can get the Ogre Kingdoms DLC for free until 24 February.
If you’re an Xbox Game Pass user on PC, you’ll need to link your account to Total War Access and redeem the code in the Microsoft Store or Xbox PC app. You have until 24 February to claim the code and until 3 March to use it. After that, the code will no longer be valid, and the Ogre Kingdoms Race Pack will cost £11.99.
Although Total War: Warhammer III has been well received by users, Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners, shared the complex situation in the Chinese market, where players have launched a “review bombing,” i.e. a negative review in protest, deliberately downgrading the game on Steam.
Total War: Warhammer III is out on Steam today and is being received well by most players.
But when you look at Chinese language reviews, 72% of them are negative. This also extends to Warhammer II, which saw negative reviews in the last few days.
Let's explore why 🧵 pic.twitter.com/hqiT7lXSjr
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 17, 2022
As Ahmad points out, despite not having an official release in China, the Total War franchise is top-rated in the Asian country, with Total War: Three Kingdoms becoming the best-selling game in the series. This interest was reflected in the Creative Assembly’s inclusion of a Chinese culture-based faction in the game.
Chinese players protested against the attitude of streamers
But despite the large number of pre-orders and the enthusiastic audience, the developers and publisher made a severe promotional mistake, according to Chinese gamers. The studio tried to broaden the audience by sending game codes to completely random content creators and influencers beyond those connected to the franchise. According to gamers, these disinterested streamers ruined their experience by presenting the game to the public without the slightest sign of enthusiasm or interest and by ignoring the risk of spoilers and revealing essential elements of the story, which caused public outrage. Creative Assembly reportedly acknowledged the problem and understood the complaints.
If you’re interested in Total War: Warhammer III but haven’t played the previous instalments in the trilogy, Creative Assembly encourages you to feel free to jump into the ending, ensuring that the story and gameplay are perfectly understandable without having to play the previous titles.
Source: TotalWar.com, Twitter
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