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News video games 07 May 2022, 15:06

author: Adrian Werner

Total War: Warhammer 3 Showered in Negative Reviews; Players Are Fed Up

The situation of Total War: Warhammer 3 is not only not improving, but actually getting worse. Player reviews are getting progressively worse, and in terms of activity results the title has been overtaken the second installment.

Soon it will be three months since the release of Total War: Warhammer III, so it is worth taking a look at how the game is doing. Unfortunately, despite successive updates its situation is getting worse all the time.

Total War: Warhammer III - players are losing patience

The current situation of the latest game by Creative Assembly is bad.

  1. On Steam, only 35% of reviews from the last 30 days are positive, which is categorized as a "mostly negative" reception.
  2. Until recently, the game had more than 40% positive reviews from the last month, so Steam categorized the reception as "mixed".
  3. This shows that players are losing patience and Creative Assembly's efforts to fix the game don't bring any effects.
  4. Activity scores are also falling. Yesterday, at the hottest point of the day, the title was played on Steam by just 7610 people. Thus popularity of the third installment is less than the previous one - yesterday's activity record of Total War: Warhammer II was 10,313 concurrent players.

Judging by the reviews on Steam, the main problem is the game's condition. Total War: Warhammer III debuted in poor technical condition and there have been no significant changes in this regard since its release. One player compares the current version to early access - and this sentence is repeated in many reviews

"The game is currently in early access. Immortal Empires is coming out almost next year, maybe that's when it's worth coming back to it, because currently WH2 is simply better..."

Players were also upset by recently revealed roadmap for the game, especially the plans concerning Immortal Empires. This highly anticipated mode is not expected to debut until the third quarter of this year. What's worse, even then it will only be in beta form, so it's quite possible that we'll have to wait for its full version until winter or even 2023. For comparison, an analogous gameplay variant in Total War: Warhammer II launched a month after the release of the game.

There is clearly something wrong with Total War: Warhammer III. The game recorded a bad launch, and the pace of fixing it is surprisingly slow. A year from now it may become a game that fans have been waiting for, but it's hard to judge how many players will be left to enjoy it at that point.

Total War: Warhammer III is available exclusively on PC. The game debuted on February 17, 2022 and is sold on Steam, Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store. Simultaneously the game launched in PC Game Pass.

  1. Total War: Warhammer 3 Review - Quality of War
  2. Total War Warhammer 3 - game guide
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