Total War: Three Kingdoms, the latest entry in the strategy series, is not going to make it out on time. Developer Creative Assembly announced today that the title will now arrive on May 23, which is around three months later than its previously scheduled March 7 release date.
Creative Assembly brand director Rob Bartholomew said in a statement that the team needed “a little more time” to ensure that the “revolutionary” features and systems in the game are ready. Creative Assembly will also spend the extra time working on fixing bugs, adding polish, and ensuring the localization is done right.
“We all know those little details make a big difference,” Bartholomew said. “We’re lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case it means taking the time to get everything ready for you. It’s more important to give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, rather than stick to a release date just because. We know not everyone’s going to be happy about this, but ultimately, we believe this the best thing for the game and our players.”
The delay does not affect pre-orders, Creative Assembly said. However, if you do run into an issues with your pre-order, Creative Assembly said you should reach out to the retailer where you pre-ordered or to publisher Sega’s support staff.
While Three Kingdoms won’t be out on time, fans don’t have to wait much longer to see more of the game in action. The next live gameplay stream will take place on Wednesday, February 13, with another one coming a week later. More details are available on the Total War website.