If you were looking to play Creative Assembly’s next big historical title this year, we’ve got some unfortunate news. According to the end of the new in-engine trailer, Total War: Three Kingdoms has been delayed to Spring 2019. In the meantime, we have out first look at in-engine footage of the game, focused on one of the three main leaders, Cao-Cao.

Check out the new in-engine trailer:

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first Total War game to take inspiration from a romanticised version of History. Influenced by Luo Guanzhong’s 14th century historical epic ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, it follows the dramatic lives and deeds of near-mythical warlords and their retainers in 2nd to 3rd century China as they try to unite the country under their rule and forge the next great dynasty. Revealed in this first in-game cinematic is one such leader with designs on being the one true ruler of China, the cunning strategic mastermind, Cao Cao. Bringing grand speeches, breath-taking siege battles and legendary duels to Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Cao Cao will no doubt be the leader of choice for players who enjoy a “divide and conquer” approach.

While the fact that Total War: Three Kingdoms has been delayed is disappointing news, after the attention to detail and effort Creative Assembly have put into their recent games, I think fans know the delay will ultimately be for the best. China is a setting the Total War franchise is new to and I’m excited to see how things play out. If you’d like to learn more about the game, you can check the Steam storepage here.