Pre-order bonuses are a common sight in gaming nowadays, but a bonus which gives away DLC for a previous game is quite peculiar. This is exactly what Creative Assembly, developer of the Total War franchise, has in store for its upcoming game, Total War: Warhammer II.
Essentially, anyone who pre-orders the new game, or purchases it within the first week of launch will receive the Norsca Race Pack for 2016's Total War: Warhammer. There is a small caveat, however, as this promotion is only applied to a list of SEGA approved retailers, but thankfully the list is quite extensive and includes many popular stores such as Steam and the Humble Store.
A description of the Norsca Race Pack provided by the developer reads as follows:
In the frozen Norsca peninsula far to the north, barbaric tribes serve the dark gods through hunting and pillaging. Hardened by relentless blizzards and the monstrous beasts of this bitter wilderness, the Norscans exist only to lay waste.
This DLC introduces two new playable factions, led by unique Legendary Lords. Players can embark on monster hunt quests, command ferocious units including War Mammoths and Skin Wolves, and construct towering monoliths to court favor with the dark gods.
All the intricate details on this new race, from its playstyle and mechanics to descriptions for its new Legendary Lords, heroes and more are available on its newly established Steam page.
The developer also intends to release a massive free update for those who own 2016's Total War: Warhammer, and purchase the upcoming Total War: Warhammer II, combining the two game's campaigns into a single entity. This will allow players to use races from both games in any campaign they prefer, including the aforementioned Norscan races.
For those who may deem that purchasing an entirely new game to get a DLC isn't the most sound plan, the Norscans are also available as a separate purchase on Steam with a $9.99 price tag. Meanwhile, Total War: Warhammer II is slated to launch on September 28, and is available for pre-order for $59.99.
Creative Assembly also announced a new spin off Total War series recently, going by the name Total War Saga. The new series will include games that are similar in design to Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai expansion, with more focus on smaller but crucial points in history.