“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” – Sun Tzu

Perhaps someone should tell the folks over at Creative Assembly or Sega that because war continues to rage in their Total War: Three Kingdoms franchise with the latest addition, A World Betrayed.

“In the north, the tyrant Dong Zhuo has fallen to the blade of his adopted son, Lü Bu: a fierce warrior hellbent on defeating the great heroes of China. In the south, Sun Ce mourns the death of his father, the noble Sun Jian, and pledges his life to continue his father’s legacy. The day has come where they must stand alone, the future theirs to take…”

Quick as an arrow loosed from bow, A World Betrayed transitions players into 194CE, an age where China’s foremost warlords fight to fill the power vacuum left vacant at the heart of the Han Dynasty. The people may be miserable and discontent may be rife but someone needs to clasp the straws of society and wrestle them from those recently quashed rebels.

Unsurprisingly, Creative Assembly – always the history buffs – have done their research once again and as such A World Betrayed features two of China’s most prodigious warlords of the period: Lü Bu and Sun Ce. Both are available as playable factions within the new campaign and both have unique story arcs, mechanics, and faction specific elites at hand for you to utilize in your quest to crush all false claimants of China that dare stand in your way.

A World Betrayed will also see Patch 1.5.0 go live, granting players access to another brand-new warlord called Yan Baihu, other unique commanders, powerful warriors and eminent statesman, not to mention a revamp of the spies and bandits factions. Much more is to come though, the details of  which can be found over on the Total War blog, right here.