Creative Assembly and Sega have announced a new DLC pack for Total War: Three Kingdoms.
The Mandate of Heaven DLC introduces a new campaign with additional mechanics, events, and factions. It starts in 182 CE during the Yellow Turban Rebellion, and extends far into the Three Kingdoms era itself. You can check out the announcement trailer above.
The DLC will coincide with a free update that expands the Han Dynasty factions with new mechanics and mandates.
Here’s a rundown of the new DLC:
- The largest and most detailed Total War: THREE KINGDOMS DLC to date
- Begin a campaign in 182 CE just before the Yellow Turban rebellion…
- …Then play through the conflict and deep into the Three Kingdoms period
- New characters and six new playable warlords including the Zhang brothers and Emperor Ling
- Unique new campaign mechanics, events and objectives
- 40 new battlefield units and new unit abilities
- Play the origin stories of legendary characters such as Cao Cao and Liu Bei
The year is 182CE. The Han Empire is in turmoil, and China is slipping towards chaos. The Emperor’s court is paralysed by corruption, and a great famine has ravaged the north. In the eyes of the people, Emperor Ling has lost the Mandate of Heaven – and with it, the right to rule.
Across the land, the people band together in opposition. Led by the three Taoist brothers Zhang Jue, Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao, they don yellow turbans and take up arms. Their aim: to tear down the unjust Han and replace it with their own dynasty of harmony and peace. They are thousands strong, with more flocking to their cause by the day.
Warlords sworn to the emperor rally to his banner; warriors of great influence and fierce ability. Yet the wiser, more ambitious of them harbour their own desires… if the Han becomes too weak, who then will take the reins of power?
The Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Mandate of Heaven Chapter Pack depicts the events of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, enabling players to engage in the conflict from either rebel or loyalist perspectives. Introducing a number of new characters and playable faction leaders, the campaign begins in 182CE, but players can choose to continue well into the Three Kingdoms period, with familiar characters entering the campaign as the timeline progresses.
The Mandate of Heaven DLC will launch for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam on January 16th for $9.99. The original Total War: Three Kingdoms is also available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and you can find our review of it here.