Total War: Three Kingdoms, the 12th and latest installment in the Total War strategy series, is releasing next Thursday, May 23 on Windows PC, and if you’re planning to pick up the game, you might as well save yourself some money. The upcoming game is already marked down to $49.19 at Fanatical as part of its huge May Madness sale, and the digital store is offering GameSpot readers an exclusive promo code that slashes an additional 5% from the price, bringing it down to $46.79 (22% off). That’s a solid deal for a brand-new game launching at $60 on Steam and elsewhere. This promo ends at midnight ET / 5 AM BST / 2 PM AET on May 27 (and 9 PM PT on May 26). Please note this code is only valid for new Fanatical customers.
To claim Total War: Three Kingdoms at that sale price, head to the game’s store page on Fanatical, where you’ll see it’s currently discounted by 18%. Add the game to your cart, and in the right-hand sidebar, enter the promo code TWTKGAMESPOT to see the full discount applied. You’ll receive your officially licensed Steam key right after purchase, and you can redeem it on Steam immediately.
Besides saving some cash, you’ll also earn the Yellow Turban Rebellion DLC for pre-ordering or purchasing during the first week. The DLC includes:
- A new sub-culture to play as: the Yellow Turban Rebellion
- Three new playable warlords: He Yi, Gong Du, and Huang Shao
- New weapons and armor
- Three new hero classes: Healer, Scholar, and Veteran
- New character skills based on the virtues of Taoism: frugality, compassion, and humility
- New approach to technology
- New unit roster
Total War: Three Kingdoms is set during the Three Kingdoms period in China, beginning in 190 AD. You’ll play as one of 12 legendary warlords, each of whom intends to conquer the entire realm and unite China under their rule. Like other Total War titles, Three Kingdoms is a mix of turn-based strategy and real-time battles between your forces and enemy squadrons. Besides the military aspect, Total War: Three Kingdoms also involves expanding cities, managing population growth, and other strategic elements.
The game earned an 8/10 in GameSpot’s Total War: Three Kingdoms review. “Three Kingdoms feels like a breath of fresh air,” wrote critic Ginny Woo. “This is the most ambitious that Total War has ever been, from the variety of different ways that you can enjoy the game to the sheer scope of the stories that they’ve weaved around each unique character’s playable experience. Three Kingdoms feels like the rightful evolution of the series, pulling from its roots in historical military tactics to come up with an engrossing modern strategy game that is always a delight, even in its less well-oiled moments.”