Warcraft: Total War is based in the Warcraft universe by Blizzard Entertainment. The setting for the mod is based around the Warcraft III Reign of Chaos - Warcraft III Frozen Throne, and will contain a large map containing dozens of iconic provinces, along with factions very distinct from each other such as the Scourge, the Horde, the Burning Legion, as well as many units and heroes essential to any Warcraft experience.
With the mod undergoing a revival, we figured it is time for a list of updated features, to better clear some confusion which might spring up regarding the past and present versions of WTW.
First and foremost, the mod IS a continuation of the original project started by TheHappyCrusader, which is why we are still using this Moddb page. However, the revival was possible due to an almost entirely new set of people, and they have their own unique twists and changes to the original vision intended for the mod. Therefore it is safe to say that this is a NEW mod indeed. In essence using the old one merely as a base from which to expand, re-utilizing whatever assets and ideas we could salvage.
However the goal remains the same: to bring the Warcraft 3 era to the Medieval 2: Total War engine.
The Kingdom of Lordaeron
The Kingdom of Stormwind
The Kingdom of Stromgarde
The Scarlet Crusade
The Dark Horde
The High Elves
The Night Elves
The Dark Iron Clan
The Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub
The Drakkari Tribe
The Amani Tribe
The Gurubashi Tribe
The Farraki Tribe
The Burning Legion
The following factions are emergent on the campaign map
(although still playable in custom battles):
The Blood Elves
Q: I downloaded the Alpha version that says "old version, don't play it" and it crashed/there were no new units/the campaign was barebones/etc.
A: It did say "don't play it". The download currently available is from the old incarnation of the mod. As stated above in this list, it has no relation to the current version, apart from having been used as a base for its development. You can download it if you want, if you are curious about it, or simply if you want to take a look at the campaign map. Perhaps you would like to even create your own version of WTW using that as a base. In any case, do not expect that download to be playable by any means.
Q: Will magic be included?
A: Yes, magic is already included. The units who use magic mostly resembles the byzantine flamethrowers from the Kingdoms campaign, with longer range. In essence small units which are vulnerable in melee and can be easily destroyed, but when properly used, can be devastating to the enemy. However they will be priced accordingly and have a rarity to match their power.
Q: When will the mod be released?
A: We have plans to release a beta as soon as the campaign is playable to our satisfaction, and all factions have at least most of their roster complete. It will be a full release, but not the final release, it will still lack a lot of the polishing and more complicated features (such as final high end units, mercs, etc) but it will probably be enough to sate your thirst until further work is done. If all goes well, the public beta version will be available at the end of april or may 2018.
Q: Why are there factions present before their time (such as the Naga) or why does the Horde and Theramore start in Kalimdor if Lordaeron is still in the first stages of fighting the Scourge?
A: This is due to the ever delicate reason of trying to balance lore with gameplay. Without the Horde and Theramore, for instance, Kalimdor would be quite empty. Then, there are several races we really wanted to be playable, such as the Naga or the Nerubians. Also, a lot of the fun in Total War games is the fact that you can take a faction and lead them into a completely different historical route. The same can be said here at WTW. This is the reason why Lordaeron starts almost fully intact, or why the Nerubians are still present. Lordaeron is set to fall to the Scourge, yes, but what if the player can avoid that? What if the Nerubians held out in their underground kingdom and actually managed to turn back the tide? What if the Naga rose up to Illidan's call much earlier than in the Frozen Throne?
Q: Will there be new religions in the mod?
A: Yes, currently we have reached the game limit of 10 new religions, which are divided between: The Holy Light (humans), Adoration of the Sun (elves), Worship of Elune (night elves), Shamanism (orcs), Necromancy (undead), Fel Magic (legion), Worship of Azshara (naga), Troll Gods (trolls), Worship of the Titans (dwarves) and the Old Gods (nerubians and heretics). The purpose of religions is also because we are going to use them to give each race different character portraits (otherwise we would have to give them portraits based on culture, which only has a limit of 7... some races would have to share portraits which would just be very strange). This is the reason why the High Elves for example 'worship' the Sun instead of the Light, so that they can have unique elven portraits. Again, it's a compromise between the lore and what the game allows.
Q: Will there be heroes and unique generals?
A: Yes, a lot of heroes will have custom battle models, such as Jaina, Thrall, Grom Hellscream, Arthas, etc. Wether they will have unique abilities or not remains to be decided. In addition, almost every starting character (and agent) in the campaign map is based on actual characters from the lore, in addition to some easter eggs. Whoever recognizes one of the custom Stormwind generals gets a virtual cookie from me.
Q: What about the other human kingdoms such as Dalaran or Gilneas? And where are the Trolls and the Tauren in the Horde?
A: The minor human kingdoms are present in the mod. More specifically, they have re-skinned versions of some of the playable human nations, and these units can be recruited in specific AOR zones (for example Dalaran units in Dalaran, Gilnean units in Gilneas, etc) by whatever human faction controls them. It is perfectly possible then, to be playing as Lordaeron and, if you control Dalaran, field a full stack of Dalaran troops led by none other than Antonidas himself. They are also AI independent minor factions before any of the playable factions do in fact conquer them - in the case of Gilneas and Alterac. A similar thing was applied to the Horde's "minor" races, such as the Trolls and the Tauren. Currently, they are recruitable in what are considered to be their home regions, for example the Trolls are recruited in Sen'jin and the Echo Isles, and the Tauren in the regions associated to them in World of Warcraft, such as Mulgore, Taurajo, Thousand Needles, etc. However you are not limited to those regions, for there are specific buildings that you can build, which will be costly and time consuming, but will essentially serve as 'colonies' of those races. This will serve nicely as an immersion feature, as you can decide where in your Horde empire those races will inhabit, and therefore, be recruitable. In addition, the Scourge also has a similar system with the Vrykul. Since they are not their own faction, Vrykul units can be recruited by the Scourge in the Ymirheim, Jotunheim regions and also in places like Utgard Keep and the new Vrykul regions, Dark Horde has a similar system with their Dragons, Drakes, Trolls and Ogres.
Q: Will Outland, Pandaria or any other such places have a presence in the mod?
A: No, those regions are not among our present plans unfortunately. It's not that we would not want to add them, but there is a limit to what can be added to a Medieval 2 mod. However certain references are made, for example the Burning Legion has Fel Orcs in their roster. You can imagine them as coming from Outland for some reason, again as a sort of "what if" scenario.
I think this is all for now, if you have any further questions be sure to ask them in the comment section and we will try our best to answer them for you.
2020-07/07 - I've updated the download:
It does the following:
1. Burning Legion CTD issues fixed - re-adds stable Fel Hounds and Pit Lords.
2. Re-balances all the Burning Legion units, most of the Naga-units and a few Night Elven units - costs and stats updated to make the AI more likely to not recruit the same units all the time.
3. Corrects all the recruitment-mistakes of the older release - no more Kodo Riders for the Dark Horde in EK, Darkspear Trolls for them in the EK - or other units not supposed to be in the wrong continent.
4. Nerfs the Vrykul/Dark Horde Drake Riders - as they were far too powerful.
5. Vrykul female units nerfed to half their old strength - as the AI only recruited them because they were twice as many as the bigger males, and had the same stats.
6. Re-adds the Phoenixes/Hawkstriders for the Elven factions (should be stable), the Chimaera to the Night Elves (should be stable but I'm not 100% certain), and the Naga Couatl to the Naga faction -the last one has crashed before, but is less likely to CTD than the Red Dragons - they are only recruitable from like one area on each continent anyway.
7. I have re-added the gameplay function of building forts.
The update is not save-compatible.
2020-03-26 - WTW 1.9 WIP available at the discord.
Video previewing the updated Theramore and Horde-rosters. There are lots of other changes as well.
2020-02/28 - Warcraft: Total war FIX Uploaded! (Not worthy of a site announcement).
This fix will reduce all the textures of the Warcraft Strat_Models by many times the original size- resulting in a more stable campaign map with way faster loading times.
It will also fix the Horde/Dark Horde/Trade Coalition custom settlement gates.
Makayane fixed the settlements, and WarcraftHero reduced the size of Bantu's textures- per Gigantus's advice.
None of the other stuff from the old 1.6 patch are kept, because it wrecked the campaign.
Edit: If you've installed the 1.6 patch uploaded in december, then you'd need to delete the entire mod and install it from scratch.
Install by placing the WTW-folder inside of your Medieval II/mods folder. Click "yes" on overwriting the old files.
The 4gb patch found in the Warhammer: BotET-mod - it's required for the Warcraft beta to work i've been told. I have decided to upload it here so people won't have to download the entire BotET (Beginning of the End Times) submod for Call of Warhammer.
Patch your kingdoms.exe, and only do it once. It will make all heavy mods work and be more stable. Without the patch you may experience alot of crashes.
Join the new Discord here:
Warcraft: Total War: Official PUBLIC BETA V 1.9 (Updated download as of 2020-07/07)!
The Official PUBLIC BETA RELEASE of Warcraft Total War - UPDATED feb 17 2019, worked on heavily since march 29 2017 - CD-version of Medieval II is what we developers are using, and so it is recommended - but mod should work for Steam as well - even though we may not be able to help you with issues then.
To install the mod using the CD-version, move the mod-folder named "WTW" inside of your Medieval II Total War/mods-folder - after first using the latest version of winRAR to extract the folder - by moving it out manually by draging the folder with your mouse. And start the mod by clicking the .bat-file - for Steam use the ordinary method. Be advised that you must move the entire SEGA game folder out of program files to prevent issues on new computers, also you'd have to deactivate the UAC (User Account Control) as it interfere with mods making them not work. - Read more about disabling the UAC at TWC (Total War Center) or just shut it down totally).
Also, you'd need to download the 4gb patch i've uploaded since before and patch the Kingdoms.exe with it in order for the mod to work, or you'll face crashes a lot and might not even be able to start the mod - using Steam you should patch Medieval2.exe instead i've heard.
Also, download the MedievalII.Preference-file that i did upload a few days ago & place in main Medieval II Total War folder - replacing the old file there. This will enable you to play defensive battles in hotseat, as well as prevent a bug causing CTD when clicking buildings on the campaign - it will also make FMV's work.
WARNING: DO NOT PLAY THIS MOD WITH ADVISOR ON, NEVER CLICK ADVISOR - mod will CTD!
For Steam watch both these videos, as there are two different methods of installing the mod:
Version 1.6 changelist:
1. The Trade Coalition (Goblins) added to both the campaigns as a playable faction.
I've added the Agents riged by Bantu, i've implemented all the recruitment, starting garrisons, ships, victory conditions, alliances etc - they are ready to be played.
2. New campaign victory conditions for all the factions in both the main campaign and the Frozen Throne custom campaign - for both the short and long campaigns.
New lore-accurate victory conditions that aren't impossible for the AI to fulfill. Factions will need to kill enemies in the same continent and the enemies will be close to them on the map.
3. The Vrykul faction added to the custom battles with half a roster.
All their current units are added but no new since decembre.
4. New Nordrassil/Vordassil strat-map settlement, and custom settlement in battle - from the Elder Scrolls: Total War.
A Tree-model finally.
5. Fixed issues for some units - such as projectiles of the sorceresses and the Priestesses.
6. Cut the economy in half for everyone but the Scourge and the Burning Legion.
Point is that you the player should need to build economical structures such as Traders before getting a good economy. Legion and Scourge wasn't touched due to them having costly or vast numbers of units.
7. Created captain cards for all the factions.
No more purple cards when fighting captains, or vanilla Medieval 2 cards.
8. Romaneck over at our Discord has created a complete portrait-set for the Quelthalas/Blood Elven factions. -No more vanilla cards for them.
The immersion is much improved for the Elves.
9. WarcraftHero made the new UI, symbols, names etc for the Vrykul and Trade Coalition factions.
He added the symbols to the user interface files.
10. Bantu fixed the Vrykul Warriors/Goblin Artificer weapons not showing up, and the Trade Coalition Agents.
Enjoy the new version!
Version 1.6 CREDITS:
Most of the coding, and the creation of the captain cards - Mr_Nygren.
Vrykul names/Goblin Names, Vrykul & Goblin symbols to the UI-files, Yellow Goblin background - WarcraftHero.
New Agents for the Trade Coalition, fixed Vrykul Warriors/Goblin Artificers - Bantu Chieftain/Gnomebuster on Discord.
Old Goblin symbol - Zerg93.
New Vrykul symbol - Farin Frostgeir.
New strat-model/custom settlement Valenwood Tree/village in use by the Night Elves - LordNazgul and DaedraWarrior from Elder Scrolls: Total War.
Version 1.5 CREDITS:
Mr_Nygren and Bantu Chieftain - for the bigger part of all the work done in this update!
WarcraftHero - For the radar-map, battlefield textures, some fixing, the historical battles editor, many of the portraits for the new units etc.
Zerg93 - For the new Trade Coalition banners used in battle.
Elder Scrolls: Total War and LordNazgul for the Night Elven custom settlements (skins by Bantu Chieftain) and for the Undead village/town in use by the Scourge.
Hyrule Total War and Undying Nephalim for lots of custom settlements in use by many factions (skins remade by Bantu Chieftain)!
DBM and it's creator for the Aztecs vanilla settlements that he/they did have available as files in their mod used by the Troll factions in this mod (reskins by Bantu Chieftain)!
Great Sea: Total War Beta and Undying Nephalim for one of the custom settlements (water removed by me) in use by the Ahn'Qiraj faction!
Third Age: Total War and the Alternative Patch by leo.civil.uefs for the custom settlements in use by the Dark Iron Dwarves (reskins by Bantu Chieftain)!
Naga Royal Guards and the Drakkari Mammoth models created by Eges96 - the creator of Warcraft3Rebirth - they were riged by Bantu Chieftain for this mod and implemented through coding by me.
Warhammer BotET custom settlements in use by Khaz'Modan created by Tomdoof - implemented by me!
Warhammer reskins of vanilla settlements by Call of Warhammer/Beginning of the End Times - reskins by Bantu Chieftain, banners and symbols of Elven/Blood Elven reskins edited in by me!
- Link to his thread over at TWC as requested from him in order for me to use his stuff:
Enjoy the update as it's vast!
Mr_Nygren, Eoghan Wolfkin, Bantu Chieftain, TheHappyCrusader, Sulfurion Blackfyre &WarcraftHero - all the work on the mod itself turning things into Warcraft style, adding units, adding new menu, new scripts, new animations, the whole EDB, EDU, descr_strat etc - all work on turning the map-only alpha into this version.
Warcraft3Underground fan-site for Warcraft 3 moding - lots of models that we riged for the mod.
Undying Nephalim and Hyrule Total War - Animations and Undead siege engines.
Myth Total War - Animations.
Akhtross Total War - Animations and projectiles.
Call of Warhammer/The Sundering/Beginning of the End Timess - Animations, strat-models for elven princesses, projectiles, Siege engines, ship strat-models and base models for our new models.
Elder Scrolls: Total War - some of Eoghans Undead units were based on Undead from this mod.
Bare Geomod - UI textfiles.
East of Rome - Marka Horse basemodel and texture
Europa Barbarorum 2 team - Skynet Battle AI and campaign script.
Stainless Steel - Savage Campaign AI.
Changes since the demo are too many to list here. Enjoy!
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PS: Don't use too many Mountain Giants, Sea Giants, Molten Giants or Infernals in the same battle or it will CTD due to polygon hardcoded limit in Medieval II being breached - and try not to have too many big demons in the same small area neither.
Otherwise strat-map is fully stable and battles may only CTD randomly. Always save before a battle. CTRL S will create quick saves.
The offical Public beta of Warcraft: Total War has been updated to version 1.1 - this means more unique rebels, new units for a few factions, ancillaries...
The Warcraft: Total War: Official Beta Version 1.0 has been released, worked on heavily since march 29 2017 - it has all the rosters of all the factions...
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