Sega has announced Total War: Warhammer will include support for the Assembly Kit and Steam Workshop at launch. Additionally, developer Creative Assembly will be “assisting modders in readying their mods to release day and date with the game.”
Although Creative Assembly previously said the game would not have mod support, it has changed its mind and has worked with Warhammer license owner Games Workshop “on the paperwork to make this much-demanded fan feature a reality.”
At launch, players will be able to do the following things:
- Visit Steam Workshop: Upload, browse, follow, discuss, and install available mods straight from Steam, and access and manage them from the new Total War Mod Manager.
- Get the Assembly Kit: CA’s modding tool box will release with the Database Editor and BOB for modifying and exporting database tables and campaign start positions, with the aim to add further functionality, including battle map editing, later in the year.
- Download Mods: Attendees to CA’s Mod Summits over the last three years will be supplied early access to the game, to help populate the Steam Workshop from day one. Also, well-known modders Magnar and Dresden will receive specific help from the dev team to produce certain mods. Magnar is designing a Legendary Lord Start Position Mod; customising start positions so that Legendary Lords will start in different locations from Race Leaders, while Dresden is engineering a Regional Occupation Mod; altering the settlement rules to enable each race to settle every region.
On April 27, Sega announced the previously preorder exclusive Chaos Warriors Race DLC pack will be available for free for the first week the game is on sale.
The decision is believed to be in response to a wave of criticism from fans, who weren’t happy that one of the fantasy property’s most iconic races was only being made available to those that preorder. The first trailer for the Chaos Warriors currently has close to 50,000 dislikes on YouTube.
Warhammer was previously expected to launch in April, but is now due out for PC on May 24. For more on Warhammer, check out GameSpot’s hands-on preview and interview with The Creative Assembly.