Creative Assembly announced today that the barbaric Norscans are coming to Total War: Warhammer as a playable race. The Norsca Race Pack is scheduled to go live on August 10, and will be given free to anyone who preorders the upcoming sequel, Total War: Warhammer 2, or purchases it within the first week of release.
The description of the Norscans on Steam paints quite a vivid picture. "In the far north, between the Chaos Wastes and the Sea of Claws, lies Norsca. A barren, inhospitable peninsula in the far north of the Old World, it is home to ferocious tribes of warriors, hardened by the relentless blizzards, the barren icy tundra and the monstrous denizens of this accursed land. Fanatical servants of the dark gods, they will stop at nothing to prove their primal might, in a relentless hunt for worthy foes and fresh raiding grounds."
Norscan armies are "swift and vicious," and their campaigns are built on "relentless pillage and ruination." To reflect that happy fact, Norscan armies have their own post-battle option that will enable them to raze enemy settlements and raise monuments to their dark gods, trading occupation and looting for increased favor in battle.
The DLC will include two new playable factions led by unique Legendary Lords, new Lords and Hero types, specialized combat abilities, and a "massive new roster with unique monstrous units including War Mammoths and Frost-Wyrms." Creative Assembly also said that Norsca will be added to the combined campaign map that will "enable players to conquer both the Old World and the New as any Race from both base games and any owned DLC Races."
Total War: Warhammer 2 is set for release on September 28. The Norsca DLC, for those who opt not to preorder or buy the game right away, will sell for $10.