Total War: Three Kingdoms has been delayed

Upcoming turn-based strategy game, Total War: Three Kingdoms, has been delayed until Thursday 23rd May.

That new release date represents a delay of two and a half months, as the game was originally scheduled to be released on Thursday 7th March. The news was announced in a developer update from Creative Assembly over on the Total War website. In announcing the news, Creative Assembly said:

“It’s been an incredibly busy and exciting time for us in the studio. We’ve been able to show you more of Three Kingdoms than ever before and taking the time to evaluate it thoroughly. There are some revolutionary features going in and it’s looking really good. But we want to make sure it’s great. So we’re moving the release date to 23 May, 2019.

With Three Kingdoms, we set out to create a new level of complexity. As such, we need a little more time to make sure these systems deliver as intended and give you the Total War experience you’ve waited so patiently for. Of course, the extra time won’t hurt when it comes to fixing those bugs that have been hard to nail down, getting the localisation just right, and adding additional polish to help it shine. We all know those little details make a big difference.

We’re lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case it means taking the time to get everything ready for you. It’s more important to give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, rather than stick to a release date just because.

We know not everyone’s going to be happy about this, but ultimately, we believe this the best thing for the game and our players.”

As always, I’m sure there will be plenty of people grumbling about this news (nobody likes a delay after all), but I would always rather see a game get pushed back to allow extra polish than for it to release in a messy state and then be fixed retrospectively, so I’m fully on board with Creative Assembly on this one.

Total War: Three Kingdoms, which is being developed by Creative Assembly and will be published by Sega, will release on PC on Thursday 23rd May.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris has grown up on gaming and loves nothing more than talking about games and hearing the opinions of his fellow gamers before stubbornly arguing with them until they agree with him. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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