It looks like the chaotic collapse of the Han dynasty and the ensuing chaos and melodrama of Total War: Three Kingdoms has been delayed just a bit. The release date of Total War: Three Kingdoms has been pushed back by developer Creative Assembly for a couple of months. The newest release date for the game is now May 23, 2019.
There’s no specific reasons for the delay given, there’s plenty of possible issues that could have contributed to this new development. The tons of the announcement seems to imply that the game is giving CA some trouble in terms of making sure that the gameplay experience is fulfilling and performance is stable. The developer is spending more time polishing the game, so it sounds like the game just wasn’t quite ready to be released due to bugs or playability issues.
Here’s the explanation according to Creative Assembly:
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.
Creative Assembly was quick to note that only the release date for the game has changed. The content of the game is not changing at all. The company just wants more time to polish the whole thing.
So while it sucks to have a game delayed, especially one that’s so interesting a concept, bu these things happen all the time in the games industry. There is some good news though, the announcement also noted that this delay means the Total War: Warhammer II DLC will release before Three Kingdoms.
And if you want to tide yourself over with some of the press coverage for this game, there’s plenty of that going around. There’s a really cool trailer showcasing tyrant Dong Zhuo. There’s also a trailer detailing the subterfuge mechanics in-game. So you could go check those out in the meantime.