Total War: Three Kingdoms release date has been delayed

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Total War: Three Kingdoms (opens in new tab) has had its release date pushed back and will no longer be out on March 7. Instead, we can expect to see the game released on May 23.

The news came this afternoon via a developer update (opens in new tab). It's shaping up to be a bit more complex than previous Total Wars, so it's being pushed back to give the developers "more time to make sure these systems deliver as intended." Creative Assembly is well aware that fans are going to be disappointed at the delay and go on to say that this is the "best thing for the game and our players."

They've provided a link to a FAQ (opens in new tab) on their official site which really doesn't give much more information but does assure players that their pre-orders will be unaffected, other than obviously releasing over two months later than originally planned.

The initial release date (opens in new tab) was revealed back in September, and since then we've had a number of trailers detailing various heroes and factions such as Cao Cao (opens in new tab) and, most recently, the tyrannical Dong Zhuo (opens in new tab). A number of features and mechanics have also been detailed, including an overhauled diplomacy system (opens in new tab) and spycraft (opens in new tab).

Total War: Three Kingdoms is now set for release on May 23.

Sarah James
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Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.