Nothing knocks the wind out of a game’s release date quite like polish. Total War: Three Kingdoms is the latest victim of occupational blemish, with Sega and Creative Assembly announcing that the ambitious strategy game has been kicked back a few months, from 7 March to 23 May.
Creative Assembly made the announcement via a development update explaining that a little more time is needed “to make sure that this is the Total War experience that you’ve come to expect and 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,” said studio brand director Rob Bartholomew. “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.”
So, bad news for fans of the series, but we all know that a Total War game should not be rushed out onto the battlefield until it’s been polished to a mirror-like shine. Two and a half months should be a sacrifice worth making if it means that Total War: Three Kingdoms comes out in its best possible form.